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Living The Homeless Life With MCS – revisited

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.

Bleach Alternative

I am  always looking for safe alternatives for just about anything.  I love that Sonda from sondasmcschatter is always sharing some great ideas and tips with us.  This tip involves water, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon juice.  I am curious have any of you tried this?  I think it is something I might want to give a try.

bleach alternative

The tip she mentions comes from OneGoodThingByJillee.com  I took a moment to subscribe to this blog to see what else I could find.



Book Blog Tour Stop: Day 1

After years of writing and crying over my story, I was so excited that all my work finally came to fruition.  My  book, Allergic to Life:  My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope, and I  are beginning our Book Blog Tour.

Today I am being featured by Sonda of sondasmcschatter as a guest blogger where I will share an excerpt from my book and a little of my story.  Sonda has been following my blog for almost as long as I have been blogging.  I immediately began following Sonda as well.  We both share a sensitivity to chemicals that makes life so very difficult.

Sonda shares information from her own experience as well as information that she has learned from her extensive reading of other blogs and articles on MCS and health.

Despite living with chemical sensitivity for many years, she always displays a little humor and shares of bit of the wonderful part of Missouri where she lives.

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway on Sonda’s blog for a chance to win one of three signed books (US Only) or an Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to purchase a book for those outside the US.  Sonda was the winner of my first Rafflecopter Giveaway and won a handmade apron from me.  You may also enter Rafflecopterhere


Sonda wearing my apron.

Sonda wearing my apron.