Tag Archives: chemical sensitivities

Catch-Up Mondays: What I Can Do – revisited

I first posted this on February 10, 2103.  I continue to embroider when I can, I have learned to knit and crochet scarves, and I have continued to sew when I can.  It is so important when we lose so many things that we once did to focus on what we can do.  We allow our identities to be swept up in what we do rather than who we are as a person. I have had to learn to redefine who I am even though I still struggle with the loss of my “former” identity.

Animated Crockery 1

Animated Crockery 1

Animated Crockery 2

Animated Crockery 2

Animated Crockery 3

Animated Crockery 3

I have been talking about focusing on things we can do and less on what we can’t. I love to do crafty things like sewing and embroidery. I find myself sitting in front of the television with my husband and embroidering while watching a movie. These three dish towels are part of a set of seven from the Animated Crockery series.


Once again, I would like to say thank you to all of you.  My follower numbers have been steadily growing.  This tells me that there are many who want to hear what I have to say about allergies and chemical sensitivities.  It tells me that there are many who are suffering with chronic illness or know someone who is.  It also tells me that there are many who are not sick but want to know more about living a less toxic lifestyle.

Today I say thank you to all my new followers who have signed on in the last month or two.  I appreciate you wanting to learn more of my story and how I have changed my lifestyle.  Please feel free to comment whenever you have  a question or want to share something on a post topic.

I cannot forget all my loyal followers, many of whom have been with me since the beginning of this blog nearly two years ago.  Thank you for all your support and your comments and re-blogs of my posts.

Have a wonderful day.  I look forward to interacting with all of you.  Don’t forget, you can also contact me via the contact button at the top of this blog and leave me an email message.

Catch Up Mondays: How Allergies Prevent a 50 Shades of Grey Life

A Lot of Women around the Pool are Reading the Same Book

Amanda from Celiac and Allergy Adventures featured a blog post with this title.  I loved how she compared allergies and Celiac Disease with the book, 50 Shades of Grey.  For me adding in mold and chemical sensitivities and Amanda has it right on.  I thought I had posted this in 2012 but in searching my past blog posts I only found a few comments and Amanda’s text wasn’t shown.  So for all of you, please visit Amanda’s blog and read this post.

Chemicals with my toothbrush? No Thank you!

Anyone else see something very wrong with this? There are enough chemicals being introduced into our world and lives without now adding even more as we brush our teeth.  According to an article in the Huffington Post last spring, Colgate has filed a patent application to have your toothbrush release caffeine while you brush. If they can get away with caffeine what would be next?  Your flu vaccine?  Just a thought.

Catch Up Mondays: My Friends in “The Box” – revisited

This post was first shared on December 2, 2012.  My views of my “friends in the box” are even stronger than they were a little over a year ago when I first wrote this blog post.  Something incredible happens when I am able to share my story, my thoughts, and my feelings with those who share many of these same feelings and struggles.  Something incredible happens when I read a comment by a new follower who is struggling (maybe they haven’t recovered as well as I or are just starting this journey) that says they are so happy they are not alone.  Something wonderful happens when someone I have never met, tells me how much they appreciated reading Allergic to Life and thank me for sharing my story and the plight of so many others through it.  Something incredible happens when I make a new friend who hasn’t seen me and, therefore, can’t say “but you don’t look sick”.  It is sort of like the television show “The Voice” during blind auditions.  Others hear my story, learn my struggles, but don’t see me.  

For all of my “friends in the box”, thank you for your support and for friendship.   Although we may never meet and we may never talk on the phone (although I have had some wonderful conversations with a few of you as well as some emails), I treasure you all.  For those friends who I have had the pleasure of meeting during my Dallas Days, I hope some day we will meet again.  

A blog I regularly follow had a featured post today titled, “My Friends in ‘The Box’.”  I tried to share it here but have not been successful.   A link to this wonderful article is at the bottom of this post.

Some of my friends, like those of the author, are in “The Box”.   They are easily accessible by turning on my computer and reading comments they have written on my blog or by reading of their plight through their blogs.  Some of my friends are, as my husband refers to them, “phone friends”.   Some of these friends I have met in person during my trips to Dallas for treatment.  Some of these new friends I have never met in person.   To me they are more than friends in “The Box” or “phone friends”.  They are my lifeline to someone who truly understands chronic illness.    No matter how many times you talk to your friends or family about this they can only offer support or sympathy.  They cannot offer the kind of support or understanding that someone who is truly walking the same walk can.

I have received comfort from them and hopefully offered comfort to them.  I now have some amazing new recipes that are gluten-free.  I have recipe ideas that I can tweak to suit my own food allergies thanks to many of them.  I have learned of many more chronic invisible illnesses that before starting this blog I had not heard of.  Most of all I have gained understanding and total acceptance by these friends in “the box” who I have never met.

Please visit the following website and read Stephanie’s article. http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/guest-writers/my-friends-in-the-box/comment-page-2/#comment-137590

Do I have another book in me?

The answer is yes.  A fellow environmentally ill friend of mine, Liz, and I are co-authoring a children’s book.  We are just in the idea stage but I think it is going to be great!

I can only draw stick people and not very well.  Liz is going to do some illustrations.  We may need to hire someone in the final part but we need to know what we want it to look like and she can draw much more than stick people.

I am very excited!


I recently finished reading a wonderful book, Force of Fate, by Rudi Fischer.  Rudi is a fellow blogger and follower of this blog.  The book follows Rudi’s story from the beginning as a small boy from Germany to his career in the U.S. Air Force. Rudi is also the creator of Slush Heap.  Rudi had me on the show but unfortunately that part of the program did not record.  We will be doing a retake in a few weeks.

Rudi has included some wonderful quotes:  One such quote caught my attention.  “Fate only places us where we need to be.  It is up to us to make the best of it.”–Anonymous   Fate has placed me with this illness in this time and in this place.  I have finally come to realize that it is up to me to make the best of my situation.  That is why I feel so strongly about this blog and getting the word out about what mold exposures can do and how difficult it is to navigate the world with chemical sensitivities.