Many of us (too many now) have to wear a mask to filter some of the pollutants out of the air we have to breathe. I guess I am lucky that I have not cared about what people think when I wear mine to protect my health.
For others, it’s not an easy decision, for a variety of reasons, and sadly, most of them have to do with a lack of understanding and acceptance in our communities.
In January, three bloggers that I am aware of have written about their mask wearing experience.
Colleen wrote about her resistance to wearing a mask breakthrough in a wonderful post here:
Please check it out, and if you are so inclined after, follow her link to Michellina’s post, where you will also find comments about more people’s experiences.
Both Colleen and Michellina write about their lives with MCS, so take some time to explore while you visit their blogs.
I wrote something about masks a few months ago in the post called “Need Protection?” where I list some resources in case you are in need of a mask yourself.
I think we should all have a right to breathe clean air, and no-one should have a right to pollute, but until we change the laws, the burden of protecting our health from polluters falls upon us.
Those of us with more severe MCS/ES need more choices of masks that are made of natural, toxic chemical-free materials only, no synthetics or textile additives. So if there are any entrepreneurs out there, listen up: there is a growing need for safe (dare I also ask for fun and fashionable?) non-toxic face masks!