L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec / Environmental Health Association of Québec

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Renée Gabrych

I’m 68 years old and have severe multiple chemical sensitivity. My problem started I believe from continuously being exposed to mould and dryer sheet fumes. I say severe, because I am pretty much sensitive to everything: clothing, steel, wood, plastics, polyester, and the list goes on. It’s no fun, trying just to survive from one day to the next. I sometimes wonder where I get the will to survive. The apartment I am living in right now is a problem for me as well. The air quality is less than ideal, very dry, with lots of black dust and again, I am being subjected to car exhaust and laundry fumes, coming right into my apartment. There is no safe place to go, it’s in every room of the apartment. Imagine, breathing in toxic air fumes twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We spoke with someone from the building where we rent this apartment, and somebody came in and left a note saying that there was NO smell. Just because they can’t smell it does not mean it’s not there. Let me tell you, it is, and it’s far from being pleasant.

I have really bad brain fog, my joints hurt, I have trouble breathing and I have developed food intolerances and digestive issues.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to stay indoors in your apartment and not have to leave a 5:30 am every morning to get some air? Not to mention going out several times a day because the indoor air literally stinks, and I start having tremors. I feel like my nervous system is affected.

I can’t tolerate cell phones, computers, and Wi-Fi because they add to my already burdened body.

My wish is to have a few years where I can have my health back and be in a safe environment, away from all these exposures.

Thanks for letting me vent. Don’t imagine you can help find me a safe place to live, but how I wish somebody truly cared.

Yours respectfully,

Renée Gabrych

PS: you can put this on the website if you wish.

– Multiple chemical sensitivities are real and I’m living it –