The Greater Boston Food Bank

by The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank

Project Report | Feb 22, 2016
Lisa's Story

By Melanie Toner | Corporate Relations Associate

Lisa
Lisa

At 35, Lisa’s diagnosis with aggressive Multiple Sclerosis threw her stable home into chaos and poverty. Maintaining a balanced, nutrient-dense diet is critical to helping her avoid the malnutrition associated with MS that causes fatigue and worsens major symptoms. Lisa gets the healthy, made-from-scratch meals she needs to fight her disease from Community Servings, a local food and nutrition program that receives a variety of food from The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB).

“My husband and I had just bought a house to renovate in Quincy, and I remember walking on the front grass one day and feeling a strange numbness in my feet. My doctors told me I had a virus and it would go away, but for five years, I lived with what I believed to be a virus, suffering from a number of side effects including stumbling and clumsiness. Finally, after more tests, I was diagnosed with primary progressive MS, which is extremely fast moving. I was in a wheelchair within five years of being diagnosed.

“Our kitchen wasn’t wheelchair accessible and the nature of MS made the act of cooking extremely difficult. Before Community Servings, I felt guilty that I was no longer able to prepare nutritious meals for my husband. I would often share my hospital meals with him to ensure that he would eat.

“Now that we are receiving weekly, home-delivered meals from Community Servings, we have enough to eat. I don’t have to make sacrifices in my diet or feel guilty that I am able to eat, while my husband is not. We don’t have to worry about food preparation and we are able to look forward to having a variety of good meals every day, that include wild rice, homemade soups and fresh in-season vegetable like butternut squash and asparagus.

“MS has made me extremely bony and thin, but I still have a large appetite. I went from an empty refrigerator and not eating to having three nutritious meals daily. We couldn’t, at the same time, care for my physical needs and do all that is required to prepare nutritious meals. Community Servings, and the food they receive from GBFB, is truly the best option for ensuring we have access to a variety of balanced meals every day.”

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The Greater Boston Food Bank

Location: Boston, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Erin Lee
Boston , MA United States

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