A few days ago my dear friend and blogger, Sonda (Sonda’s MCS Chatter) wrote a blog post in tribute to her Homeless MCS Sisters. It got me to thinking about a series of guest blog posts on Living the Homeless Life with MCS by a Planet Thrive friend of mine, Vanessa. In honor of Sonda’s tribute and Vanessa, I am sharing this six part series again.
Vanessa and I are friends on Planet Thrive. Vanessa is in search of a safe place to live. In the meantime she lives out of her car and her tent year-round. Vanessa has posted a five-part series on Living Homeless on the Planet Thrive website. I have spoken with Vanessa and received her permission to post them here on my blog. Vanessa is a true survivor with a vast knowledge of living outdoors. I asked Vanessa to write a short bio to give some background before I begin the five-part series. This is what she wrote:
Vanessa is presently living in the western U.S. in search of places to live relatively free of herbicides, pesticides, wood smoke, vehicle exhaust, etc. She lives in her car and tent (as weather permits). She has depleted her life savings waiting for assistance so she can move on with her life by affording housing and medical treatments. Vanessa is a strong advocate for preventing people from becoming homeless which is why she wrote the five-part series on being homeless and coping with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Prior to being re-injured in 2007 she was employed with the State of Montana, practiced martial arts, beading, camping and going out with her friends. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with several years in the insurance industry and business licensing. Having several years experience in camping and hiking, this has helped her to survive living outdoors for the past four years. Vanessa writes blog posts on Planet Thrive documenting her journey of survival, coping with humor, interactions with people, law enforcement and animals, while dealing with MCS. In addition to blogging her new hobbies include reading, studying botany and photography.”
I have asked Vanessa to allow me to also include some of her photography in my future pieces.