The summer of 2005-great song title, right?!?! But it was seriously one of the scariest times of my life. I had been progressively getting sicker by the day for the last year. After a lot of digging around it was finally discovered that I had developed Multiple Chemical Sensitivities or MCS. The trigger had been black mould and toxic chemical activities that were in a building we had been leasing for what was supposed to have been our dream job, one that would take us into retirement and beyond because we loved every aspect of our little
The trigger had been black mould and toxic chemical activities that were in a building we had been leasing for what was supposed to have been our dream job, one that would take us into retirement and beyond because we loved every aspect of our little speciality bookstore.
We had to totally reinvent our lives and learn to do things in new ways so that I could at least get out of bed for a few minutes a day. We pulled out reno’s that we had been doing over the last year, as we found out that one of my triggers, my kryptonite, is formaldehyde. And guess what was in the new laminate flooring we had installed in our bathroom and the particle board baseboards we had installed!?! I couldn’t believe the difference that just pulling those out made for me.
We changed our diet, even though a lot of our friends thought that we already ate healthy as I cooked most of our meals from scratch. That has led us through a never ending journey of finding the right balance of living in the real world and nourishing our bodies.
We ditched all the household chemicals and learned how to keep our home free of as many pollutants as possible.
I had to change all of our personal care products with things that didn’t cause headaches or skin irritations or worse. A lot of our family and friends have also stopped wearing scented products so that I don’t have to worry about being stuck in bed for days after a visit!
I have learned over the years that there are just some places I can’t go to and some things that I cannot do. This is my life now, though, and I try my best to make it as fulfilling as possible and as long as I can continue to learn and grow and discover new things, I am at my happiest!
I look back and realise that a lot of other health crises I have had over the years were probably related to MCS, and I just had reached my limit, the straw that broke the camels back. I wonder how many other people are struggling with idiopathic health issues that just may be caused from living in this increasingly toxic world.
I welcome you to join me as I share my ramblings about how I have learned to live life in a fresh and clean new way and to Embrace Everyday!