Environmental Illness (multiple chemical sensitivity) is not for the Faint of Heart. It is such a misunderstood illness and it is a costly illness. My mold exposure brought about my chemical sensitivity, my severe allergies to medications, my allergies to food, and an increase in my hay fever symptoms.
Environmental Illness cost me so many things. It cost the loss of of all my things.
My mother came over and began the difficult task of taking all my clothes, shoes, and purses out of my closet and placing them in the large black plastic garbage bags. As she was working on this the idea hit that I should take pictures. I wish I had taken a picture of my closet full of clothes before we started removing everything. There wasn’t a spare inch in the closet rod.
Environmental Illness cost me my car (I had cross contaminated my car with the mold and mycotoxins from my workplace). It cost me my home (I had cross contaminated my home as well).
Some of the most precious things I lost were my old stuffed animals, my dolls, and many of my treasured toys from my childhood. My photos are stored in boxes awaiting the time someone could scan them for me.
Your health is worth all the money in the world. Environmental Illness, however, takes all the money in the world to just get through it. There is the money for treatment that is most likely not covered by insurance, the cost of replacing all belongings (clothing, furniture, a car, a home), the cost for special foods, and the supplements that your body needs to keep working. This is a lifetime commitment.
These costs are beyond what I could have ever imagined. We had always had good health insurance. My treatments were not in the mainstream and many things were rejected.
A future post will break down the expenses of Environmental Illness in greater detail. It is a post that is going to take some time to write.