At 57, our client Asia is living a life she loves, filled with advocacy work and the daily care of her grandchildren. She takes great care in being a leader in her community, and a source of love and support for her grandkids. She’s happy and energized by her life, and grateful with how God’s Love We Deliver has helped her get there.
Asia loved school, especially science. After high school she went in to nursing with a focus on phlebotomy. But at age 24, everything she’d been working towards stopped. Asia was diagnosed with HIV. Due to stigma and discrimination at the time, she was forced to leave the nursing field she so loved. So Asia went immediately in to advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS. She joined the City’s prevention Planning Council and ACT-UP.
Asia managed on her own for a few years after her diagnosis, but then she received another devastating diagnosis: she had Lou Gehrig’s disease. She could no longer take part in the dancing she so loved. Living with the symptoms of HIV and ALS was too much to handle. That’s when a doctor referred her to God’s Love. At the time, she was just 60 pounds as a woman in her late 20s. She could not walk and her hands didn’t work. She could not eat and was taking 18 pills a day.
“If I didn’t have God’s Love, I would have no other options. There was such a long time when I couldn’t do anything for myself, let alone my family, that God’s Love truly made all the difference for me.”
Immediately, God’s Love began sending her meals. At the beginning, she received pureed meals because she had difficulty chewing and swallowing. In the years since, Asia has seen the God’s Love program and menu change. She has gained the weight she so desperately needed when she began on our program. Since she’s had continual access to our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Asia tells us she’s learned how to eat more nutritiously, and she’s able to share her knowledge with her grandchildren, who now live with her and receive God’s Love meals, too.