NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID DENVER, CO PERMIT NO. 445
4950 Washington St. Denver, CO 80216
foodfor thought FALL 2014
Meals Help Client ʻRebuild Her Templeʼ Client Proﬁle: Heidi Heidi, a Project Angel Heart client, wants you to know something: multiple sclerosis may have changed her life, but it hasnʼt changed her spirit. “I still have a super sassy mouth and everything else,” she says, “but some of the pieces of me donʼt work like they used to.” By “pieces” she means her legs, which used to propel her through hot yoga, mountain biking and snowboarding, but now rest comfortably in a wheelchair.
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To build her inner strength, Heidi, who is of Native‑American and Irish descent, relies on meditation techniques she picked up from sweat lodge ceremonies and her days as a hot yoga instructor. To build her outer strength, Heidi relies on Project Angel Heart. “Iʼm amazingly blessed and enriched having the meals available to me because it helps what Iʼm trying to do so far as rebuilding my temple,” she says, “and you need good strong pieces to make a good foundation.”
What quickly ended Heidiʼs outdoor adventures was a hospital visit in 2011 to treat a snow‑ boarding injury. It was then that her doctor conﬁrmed a long‑held suspicion̶she had MS. “I used to go big,” she reminisces. “You know, that was kind of our motto when we would snowboard. Like go big or go home and if you donʼt bleed, you didnʼt do it right so [forget] it, do it again.”
Heidi became a client in 2012 after learning about Project Angel Heart from a friend. Each week a volunteer delivers a bag of frozen entrees and soups to her home. The meals, like Heidiʼs favorite Puerto Rican‑spiced fish, can be modified to meet her dietary needs, are conveniently packaged, and are of no cost. Eligibility for the program is not Modiﬁed meals specialist Logan Laﬀerty prepares customized meals based on income, though Heidi for Heidi and other clients who have speciﬁc nutritional needs. According to the Multiple Sclerosis acknowledges that she does not Photo: McBoat Photography Society, 2.3 million people have the money or mobility to worldwide currently live with prepare similar cuisine. “Kudos to the autoimmune disease, which is often unpredictable, the chefs and cooks, you do an amazing job,” she says. diﬃcult to diagnose and, for reasons unknown, has high rates in Colorado. Since her diagnosis, Heidi, 46, has also Sitting in her chair, Heidi rubs the tension from her arm and had surgery on her right rotator cuﬀ, further restricting her talks about her hopes for the future. Sheʼd like to learn mobility; yet she refuses to be depressed. “When people more about her Native American heritage and go to school are depressed they just eat rubbish,” she says, “and thatʼs to study nutrition. “Iʼve always loved nutrition,” she says, “It not me.” fuels our temple.”
OUR MISSION: Delivering nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life‑threatening illness.