Our client Alicia is a force of intelligence, energy and passion. Back when she was in her 30’s, she was working as a theater and lighting designer. But when the financial realities of parenthood set in, she was determined to provide for her family. She enrolled in a pre-med program, then continued on to medical school, and ended up graduating with a specialty in OB/GYN. She achieved her dream of becoming a doctor, but last summer she was diagnosed with a heart condition. As the sole financial provider in her household, this changed everything for Alicia and her family.
She immediately stopped working. In the first months of being ill, Alicia was often too tired in the mornings to get out of bed. She didn’t leave the house alone for fear of fainting. Her career, once so fulfilling, and exhausting, was put on hold. For the first time in her adult life, she had to learn how to start accepting help from others.
Austin, her 11-year-old son, could see a change in his mother, and he became incredibly anxious. “Austin’s a typical NYC kid,” says Alicia. “His first concern was: how are we going to pay the rent?” Austin shared his concern with his science teacher, who fortunately was familiar with God’s Love We Deliver. Within a week the family’s social worker had them signed up to receive medically tailored meals.