In all of this I don’t have a permanent place to stay and paid rent to a landlord who won’t fix anything, my apartment insurance cut me off and won’t help with my possessions, my medicare health insurance is not covering the health aspect and my one doctor wants me to see a doctor out of province which is not covered, and my social assistance did not pay me my disability this month, and family does not understand any of this….At this point I have nothing to lose and everything to gain….I AM MOVING FORWARD!
~ Marie LeBlanc, Manitoba, Canada
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Community, Disability, Ecocide, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Health Care, Housing, Human Rights, Inspiration, Policy, Pollution
Tagged genocide, hazardous air pollutants, health care access for people with MCS/ES, homeless, Housing, IAQ, invisible disabilities, medically required housing, Mold, petrochemicals, positive thinking, systemic barriers, systemic discrimination, toxic trespass
Imagine being disabled (as if drugged, dysfunctional, and definitely disbelieved more often than not) from exposures to legally allowed toxic chemicals in everyday products and materials…. or from wireless signals coming from neighbourhood wifi networks and cell towers…
Now imagine that some of us don’t have to imagine this scenario, because we can feel our brains and bodies being harmed by the exposures just like canaries in the mines did.
Imagine being confined to a safe bubble of a home to avoid disabling exposures, Continue reading
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, cancer, EHS, fragrance chemicals, hazardous air pollutants, Housing, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, pesticides, petrochemicals, sensitive to pollution
“I wear this whenever I leave the house, like when taking my child to the park, or walking by people and homes. I had to wear it indoors as well when I lived in an apartment building, because I get sick from exposure to wafting perfume, and dryer vent laundry scents in the air. Even outside it is impossible to avoid these scents blowing in the air and from people walking by.”
For more info on masks see:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Chemicals, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Health, Housing, Pollution
Tagged Fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, Housing, IAQ, invisible disabilities, laundry products, masks, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivity, petrochemicals, scents, toxic trespass
“For me, MCS means having to wear a mask when I go out”
MCS Awareness Month Guest Post from Laura J Mac
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS (also known as Environmental Sensitivities) is a chronic and disabling condition characterized by symptoms from low-level exposures to common chemicals. To put it simply, really common chemical exposures are disabling to some people, even in very small amounts.
ES has been recognized as a disability in Ontario since 2000, and federally (in Canada) since 2007, yet most people, and in fact many medical professionals, have never heard of it.
May is MCS Awareness Month, though I promise you, we are aware of it all year!
Instead of asking others to imagine something so unimaginable, we asked 1500 people with MCS to share what life is like with MCS. These memes are some of the responses.*
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environment, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Pollution
Tagged awareness, Chemicals, EHS, environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia, Fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, Housing, IAQ, invisible disabilities, May 12, MCS, MCS/ES, ME/CFS, multiple chemical sensitivity, petrochemicals
“At one point I had to sleep in the mask when in a rental unit. There was smoke coming from a surrounding unit and toxicity from finish that was used on the floor. I typically use avoidance, but for situations where that is not completely possible the mask is used to help with some symptoms. One of the biggest issues I deal with is the impact of environmental triggers causing instant inflammation of my eyes. Since the mask does not help with that it has been necessary to wear it with glasses when avoidance is not possible.”
~ Lisa M.
For more info on masks see:
Posted in Air Quality, Chemicals, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Health, Housing, Pollution
Tagged hazardous air pollutants, Housing, IAQ, masks, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivity, petrochemicals, toxic trespass
Amelia Hill shared an eloquent post about enduring and working with loneliness (see below). Amelia and I are both housebound (and have been so for years), but she is currently confined to a much smaller space in her home than I am in mine.
From Heal Amelia’s Life:
Loneliness. I’ve kinda learned to override the often relentless waves of loneliness one feels living an isolated existence like mine.I don’t deny the feelings of loneliness or push them down in an unhealthy way. But it’s more like a repetitive cycle of acknowledging it & letting it go, acknowledging it & letting it go. It’s how I survive.
Posted in Accessibility, Community, Disability, Environmental Health, Friendship, Human Rights, Support
Tagged allergies, Amelia, EHS, environment, environmental sensitivities, Fragrance, health, Housing, invisible, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, petrochemicals, posttraumatic growth
Guest post by Laura Canary
Since I could not sleep, I thought I would bake a gingerbread house for our Christmas party. When I still could not sleep, I got carried away and baked enough to piece together this whole gingerbread village.
(image for inspirational purposes only)
But, what to call it?
Canary City? Sansparfumville? Beneficidale? Healington? MCSville? Magic Canary Sanctuary?
Welcome to our Magic Canary Sanctuary, or MCSville!
See all the houses! They are all built MCS safe, to accommodate all Canaries in need.
Posted in Environmental Health, Green Building, Healthy Environment, Imagination, Medically Required Housing
Tagged allergy friendly, building, Food, fragrance-free, gingerbread, gluten free, healthy, Housing, MCS, non-toxic, recipe, safe, services