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I Have MCS – A Disease Where Smells Make Me Sick

Saturday 3 February 2018


From Marie Claire:


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I Have MCS—A Disease Where Smells Make Me Sick

My multiple chemical sensitivities got so bad, I had to search for a new home.

February 2, 2018
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When I pulled into the driveway of the beachfront property, I was hopeful. After all, it was a long-term rental at a reasonable price. And did I mention the beachfront part? The apartment was actually a dune away from the water, but, still, an ocean breeze—just what the doctor ordered. Plus, during our call the landlord seemed relaxed, and a chill landlord is as rare as a reasonable seaside rental. I had hurriedly hung up the phone, jumped in my car, and headed east towards the Massachusetts coast.

Ninety minutes later, I walked up the stairs and into my dream apartment. The landlord waved me in without looking up. His attention was focused on the aerosol can in his hand and the open window in front of him. He sprayed liberally. "Darn wooden sashes," he complained. "The morning fog makes them swell and get stuck."

My eyes widened. I wasn't sure what he was applying to the sashes, but my nose told me it was petroleum-based. You'll be fine, I reassured myself, as I accepted his offer of a tour. I mean, the ocean breeze and all that. The air would clear quickly, right?


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