If you are feeling especially ill, whether it’s from the effects of carcinoid and other neuroendocrine cancers, recent surgery or treatments, grocery shopping can be an overwhelming excursion. Family and friends can offer this invaluable service or you can choose an online shopping service with delivery to your home. Peapod and its partner, Stop & Shop, deliver in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, in New York in Long Island and Westchester County, Washington, DC, the greater Chicagoland area, and in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. To read more about this service go to www.peapod.com. One carcinoid patient told us the service brought all of the packages into her kitchen, saving her the burden of carrying heavy bags with bottles, etc. You can even use coupons when you use this service. Check it out!
You can find other online grocery shopping and delivery services in your area with a search on Google. Among the other services are Amazon.com, Instacart.com, WeGoShop, http://www.wegoshop.com/; and Schwans, http://www.schwans.com/.
When we are feeling ill, stressed, or sad, comfort can be found with friends and family, coworkers, support groups, or food. Comfort foods bring back memories of childhood, family, celebrations, and happy times. For patients coping with cancer, comfort foods, with their flavors, aromas, textures, and ingredients, may help soothe anxiety, provide nourishment for body and soul, and help renew your spirits. In the Winter 2010 issue of Cancer Fighters Thrive (see www.cfthrive.com), there are several tips for families and friends providing meals for loved ones. These include:
- Use disposable containers so the recipient doesn’t have to worry about washing or returning the dishes.
- Choose meals based upon both patient preferences and nutritional value.
- Lotsa Helping Hands (www.lotsahelpinghands.com) is a free, Web-based community to “organize family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues – a family’s ‘circles of community’ — during times of need. Easily coordinate activities and manage volunteers with an intuitive group calendar.“ Using this site you can “coordinate meals, organize rides to medical appointments, manage logistical tasks that come with caregiving, and provide medical status updates.”
For more information about nutrition for carcinoid cancer and neuroendocrine tumor patients, CLICK HERE: http://carcinoid.org/pcf/nutrition.shtml.