Recently, I found the Chemical Sentivity Foundation. This organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose primary goal is to raise public awareness about multiple chemical sensitivity.
Thereâ€™s a lot of good information here. Especially the short documentary produced/directed by Alison Johnson that is titled Chemical Sensitivity: A 15-Minute Introduction. In the documentary are stories told by several workers that responded after the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center. Itâ€™s not surprising, at least to many of us, to learn that many people that responded to the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent clean up are now dealing with MCS. You can also read the transcript of the documentary, although itâ€™s much more interesting to watch the video. It lets us all know that these are real people suffering from real problems.
I encourage you to visit this site and watch the short recording. Also, have the people in your life watch it too. It really helps you to see what a problem this is.
This has brought to mind a question for visitors to the site. Many people who have MCS can trace their health issues to a specific incident or exposure to chemicals. Iâ€™ve tried myself and am not really sure, since it goes back to when I was 16 and I didnâ€™t know the full nature of the problem until over 30 years later. But, I do recall one incident that may have been the start of it all. I have a brother who is 6 years younger than I. When I was 16, we didnâ€™t exactly get along (thatâ€™s putting it mildly). I can recall one time that he literally poured a bottle of my perfume out in my bedroom. While I canâ€™t recall exactly when that happened, it was in the right time frame.
What about you? Is there a specific incident or exposure that you can trace you MCS back to?