Patient Spotlight: Blanca Perez

  Blanca Perez (middle) with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Katie Murray (L) and Alliance Community Garden & Wellness Coordinator Jesse Crouch (R) at Seed to Supper Graduation.

Blanca Perez (middle) with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Katie Murray (L) and Alliance Community Garden & Wellness Coordinator Jesse Crouch (R) at Seed to Supper Graduation.

 

Blanca Perez has been an Alliance Medical Ministry patient for about three years, joining our practice after a referral from the Wake County health department. "I came to Alliance originally with serious asthma, needing medication to control it." Alliance staff helped connect Blanca with the Patient Assistance Program, and she got the medication she needed to control her asthma. "I use to go the emergency room with my asthma attacks. Now I'm healthy." 

Blanca is a wife, mother, and grandmother, and needs to stay in good health.

"Alliance gave me so many gifts: losing weight, exercise, things that I don't always do. Last year, I did a Cooking Matters class, and learned so many new things. I've never eaten healthy like this, and I needed to learn. All of the food we're making now is healthy and good. It's been hard to make some changes with my family because we grew up eating a different way, but we now have new favorites, like quinoa and hummus."

This spring, Blanca is participating in the Seed to Supper gardening program offered at Alliance in partnership with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Master Gardeners, learning how to grow her own vegetables. "This is new for me! I've always wanted to grow my own tomatoes and peppers. We're deciding whether to grow at home or grow at Alliance."

Alliance patients:  Are you interested in learning more about the Wellness Programs offered to all patients?  Read more here.  

Email Jesse Crouch to get involved, garden@alliancemedicalministry.org.