My name is Wanda, and my husband has been receiving treatments at Community Health Network for multiple myeloma, a type of bone cancer, since March of 2014. Shortly after this diagnosis, the doctors also found he had congestive heart failure and needed a pacemaker.

It was a lot of bad news all at once.

To be honest, as my husband’s only caregiver, the first six months of his hospitalization, surgery and cancer treatments left me depleted and depressed. There were days of pushing his wheelchair when I wasn’t sure if I could take the next step.

As hard as all that sounds, the reason why I am writing to you today is to tell you some good news. I found the help we needed at Community, and it was a discovery that continues to sustain us through this difficult time.

You see, my husband’s cancer treatments mean we need to be at the hospital two or three times a week, staying between four and eight hours at a stretch. In the beginning, we were often very hungry because we simply couldn’t afford to buy food from the cafeteria.

We are retired and don’t have family around to help, so we were just trying to manage. It was a bad situation, and because I am a diabetic, I wasn’t just hungry--I knew my health was in jeopardy.

There was a poster in the hospital about the Community’s À la Carte Senior Meal Program. I walked by it and read it many times, but it took me a while before I realized, “We really need this.”

Our situation met all the criteria, and what a difference the free meals have made for us!

The food provides nutrition and so much more. The walk to the cafeteria gives me a break from sitting, and I get some exercise as well as a chance to be in a different environment and to chat with people. It doesn’t feel like charity. It feels like someone cares.

We are extremely grateful for the staff, doctors and help we have received at Community. It’s an amazing thing to have access to the extraordinary care they offer. And did you know that people like you make it possible?

Community Health Network relies on people who have benefited from their care in the past to provide financially for their lifesaving work in the future. And there is a way for you to be there to help the next person who is experiencing a medical crisis. Would you give a gift to Community Health Network Foundation today?

Your support really does make a difference! Donor funding is the reason why Community can offer healthy meals, free health screenings at certain events throughout the year and outstanding patient care. It is also the force behind critical help for all ages—from providing car seats to low-income moms to connecting seniors with resources to stay healthy.

Thank you for letting me share my story. And thank you for the impact your gift will have on the next person who needs all that Community is able to offer through the gifts of grateful patients.

Wanda Phelps
Grateful caretaker