Food & Friends is helping her fight her ovarian cancer every step of the way.
The side effects of chemotherapy are debilitating, and can include fatigue, nausea and anemia. While it may take Heidi a little bit to get down the 25 steps to her front door when Food & Friends deliveries arrive, her optimism and positive spirit remain undaunted. Most importantly, Heidi says the chemotherapy also has done little to dampen her appetite.
“I count myself as very fortunate to be able to have a great appetite and taste all that Food & Friends gives me,” Heidi says, with a bright smile. “Food & Friends has more than met my standards as far as interesting, delicious, delectable food.”
Food preparation can be a time-consuming process. Preparing a meal means brainstorming a recipe, then going to the grocery store to get ingredients, and finally making the food. For Heidi, that was a big ask. There were times during her treatment when just getting to the dining room table was a triumph.
“Just having those meals, and all of those elements done for me, has been amazing,” Heidi says. “It’s allowed me to sleep more, it’s allowed me to read the newspaper more, and pursue my interests which help me grow stronger and engage with [my] recovery.”
With the help of one of Food & Friends registered dietitians, Heidi was able to tailor her meal plan around her individual health needs, helping her keep her weight up while maintaining a healthy level of iron in her diet.
Food & Friends has lifted tremendous burden of Heidi’s shoulder, and the shoulders of her family. Food & Friends helps beyond food deliver, Heidi says. “It’s time, it’s relief, it’s comfort.”
Friendly, cheerful volunteers and staff make Heidi feel like she is part of a caring community. When Heidi gets to the front door when a delivery arrives, the volunteers are always looking through the front door for her.
“They are always kind and professional, even the little 12-year old boy who delivers to us,” Heidi says. “It gives you this sense of humanity, like you’re in contact with a larger community than yourself, and it just give you this little pin prick happiness.”