We are Two Daughters.
Eleven years ago, our mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. When her chemotherapy treatments began, we expected her to be tired and perhaps lose her appetite. What we were totally unprepared for was the taste changes she experienced. Everything, she said, tasted like metal.
As her primary caregivers, we and our Dad felt lost. We knew how important it was for her to eat nutritious food and avoid weight loss, but cooking food that tasted good to her was a real challenge. So was finding the time and energy to research recipes, go grocery shopping, and prepare meals (sometimes multiple, if the first was unsuccessful).
Our story is a common one, but it doesn’t have to be. There are key ingredients, food textures, and preparation techniques that allow patients to eat high-protein, high-energy meals while minimizing treatment side effects. But it takes time and energy to learn about those ingredients and techniques, and even more time and energy to prepare meals that will meet a patient’s specific needs.
By launching Two Daughters, we hope to ease the burden of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Laura Kelly Johnston (co-founder, left) works in the healthcare industry and holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Rose Kelly (co-founder, right) graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 2013, and recently left her position as a senior buyer at a local small business to pursue an MBA at Carlson.