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September's meal for a friend 
Oct. 5, 2009 12:33 pm 
Updated: Nov. 13, 2009 9:02 pm
As some of you know once a month I make dinner for my friend and her three children. Terri is waiting on a liver transplant and things just aren't looking good. She is now 10th on the San Antonio list but that could mean another year and she won't live another year. With flu season approaching and her decreased immune system the doctors are watching her especially closely. There is good news on the horizon though. She has been able to be double listed on the Dallas list due to the fact that her disease (which is auto-immune) is very rare and therefore highly specialized. Also, she and her children was chosen by the Austin Statesman as a family of hope for the holiday season. This means that they get an article write up and a TV snip-it as well as Christmas gifts and one BIG gift. When the children (13yo, 9yo, 6yo) were being asked what BIG gift they wanted. They jsut kept saying "a coloring book", "a new DVD", "crayons". Terri kept trying to get them to think on the grand scale but it just wasn't happening. I thought that was especially sweet. I think Terri ended up asking for a family vacation overseas assuming she has the transplant and recovers well. She is trying so hard to remain positive. Very rarely do I catch a glimmer of her fear and depression over the situation. Like I've said before, I don't know anyone else who could walk through unburned the way she has.

So, for my September meal I decided to go very "geared for kids". I decided on the Pizza pinwheels from AR<  and fresh cut veggies with Creamy Parsley Veggie Dip from AR< . The only thing I changed in the recipes was that I didn't have any dijon for the dip so I used mustard powder. The dip was AMAZING! I'm not a fan of store bought pillsbury type dough of any kind so I didn't care for the pizza pinwheels but the kids certainly did. They practically inhaled them. Suprisingly enough the two girls devoured the veggies as well.

Next month should be loads of fun. I have the meal jsut before Halloween so I'm serving a Haunted Meal dressed as a witch. I'm terrible corny in that way.

Happy Fall to All!

Oct. 5, 2009 1:38 pm
Thank you for the update on your friend! Very nice of you to help this lady and her family, I'm sure she appreciates anything right now.
Oct. 5, 2009 2:12 pm
My heart goes out to Terri and to you. Stories like this one make me realize how lucky I am. I have a friend who is in serious health trouble (first, chemo,now radiation) but she lives 5 hours away from me. I wish I could do for her what you're doing for Terri. I wish all of you good luck.
Oct. 5, 2009 3:16 pm
What a wonderful friend you are. Mag
Kris R. 
Oct. 5, 2009 4:02 pm
What a wonderful thing you are doing for your friend!!! When I have friends with health issues, I will make a double batch of something so I can freeze half for them to use on "bad" days when cooking is just too much. You might try that for Terri too--it's like taking a little love out of the freezer!
Oct. 6, 2009 2:23 am
Terri sounds like a special person! I'm glad you are helping her family, not just focusing on her! Your friendship is remarkable!
Oct. 6, 2009 5:08 am
God Bless you for helping Terri and her family at such a time! I too, have a "Terri" in my life and want to suggest something that may help aside from food. It's called Caring Bridge. Here's a link to my friend, Terri, and her husband, Jeff's battle with Ewings Sarcoma. Jeff was 37, he died on 9/22/09. This has been a huge avenue to help many friends and family who could not physically be present each step of the way. It will also be a comfort to their children when they are grown as it can be made into a book. Support and encouragement can change lives!
Oct. 6, 2009 5:51 am
My thoughts are with your friend and her family, I know she must be so thankful to have you in her life...
Oct. 6, 2009 7:47 am
It is wonderful you are such a good friend It is also so important that no one gives up My Aunt was told after being on a donor list for a long while that she only had 6 weeks to like she prayed everyday and just before that was up she recieved a new liver. Glad to report she is doing much better and always thanks god for her many blessings so keep up that possitive additude miricles do happen
Oct. 6, 2009 2:06 pm
God Bless you both. I had a friend who has passed that I would bring baked goods to. She had a very sweet, sweet tooth. When she was going through Chemo she lived off of my chocolate chip cookies. She has since passed due to the cancer moving to her brain. She was a special person. I pray that God continues to support both you and Teri! I will keep you in my prayers
Oct. 6, 2009 3:20 pm
Thank you for sharing, I pray a donor is soon found...I look forward to God Bless You All!
Oct. 6, 2009 4:55 pm
Your friend is lucky to have such a special friend! I will pray for Teri.
Oct. 6, 2009 5:36 pm
We make a "food chain" in our neighborhood for people in serious need. I've been on the receiving end and it's the kindness of my neighbors feeding my children nutricious meals that helped me get thru a bad illness! it meant alot! you're a good egg, honey.
Oct. 6, 2009 5:37 pm
What a heart-warming story. It brought tears to my eyes. I am adding Teri to my prayer list. It gets longer and longer each week. Have faith Teri, I know you will get your transplant very soon. God Bless You and your family and your very special angel. Jacqueline
Oct. 6, 2009 5:41 pm
btw...we make GHOULash with wormy looking noodles for halloween dinner... do a slow cooker recipe for that so you can come home to it after trick or treating.
Oct. 6, 2009 8:44 pm
Praying for a miracle....hugs to you for being such an angel to she and her children...
Oct. 7, 2009 6:50 am
orphanlady, yes indeed. We use caringbridge and carecalendar. They are both amazing sites. Trisha, that is JUST what I had in mind. You are one smart cookie. Thanks to all!
Oct. 7, 2009 9:29 am
The fact that you're doing this for your friend is amazing - and the fact that you're getting so into it by dressing up next month is doubly amazing! It's not corny - it's heartfelt, genuine, and an awesome way to help your friend!
Oct. 8, 2009 7:30 pm
I'll be praying for your friend to get the transplant soon! You are so awesome to do this for her!
Oct. 10, 2009 4:53 am
Isn't it just awesome to enjoy the gift of cooking God gave you. I'm from the Midwest also, Chicago and have been transplanted. God bless!
Nov. 5, 2009 11:43 am
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Nov. 13, 2009 9:02 pm
You are a wonderful friend and sweet person; I hope your friend recovers completely! Sending prayers out &hearts;
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