Kind and Gentle Soul


August 16th marks the one year anniversary of Jared’s death.  Kelli recently commented that it seems like yesterday… and yet at the same time seems a lifetime ago.  It is strange how time plays tricks like that.  Kelli describes Jared as intuitive.  As a old soul.  As a kind and gentle soul.

This song was written by a mold, chemical sensitivity, and debilitating EMF sensitivity survivor Sara Riley Mattson.  The song was written as a memorial to her friend’s mom when she passed.  It hauntingly speaks to the void left when a person leaves this earth.  Sara battled suicidal depression, chronic migraines and PTSD.  Jared would be so proud of Sara.  Sara shares “I had a happy ending.  The health I have now is more than I ever hoped for.”  She is Somebody!  The lyrics are poignant.  Please click Kind and Gentle Soul to listen to the song.

Long walks and long talks
Felt like I did the talking while you walked beside me
And if I’m strong, it’s because you always helped me carry on

And I’ve thought for some time
There’s no lovelier sight than when you’d smile
And the joy in your eyes
And your generous heart
So beautiful inside and out

A kind and gentle hearted soul
Is who we’ve all been so lucky to know
And I’m so glad I got to be your friend
But I can’t pretend I’m not going to miss you

I’ve been looking back at photographs
So much love in your eyes when you looked at dad
You’re singing and laughing
I can tell that you’re happy

And I’ve thought for some time
There’s no lovelier sight than when you’d smile
And the joy in your eyes
And your generous heart
So beautiful inside and out

A kind and gentle hearted soul
Is who we’ve all been so lucky to know
And I’m so glad I got to be your friend
But I can’t pretend I’m not going to miss you

Sara is a talented warrior, musician, and author.  She recently published a book about her experience with illness and recovery.   Please click Camp Like a Girl for the link to her book.  She also has a new book, Migraine, A Memoir of Healing, due out October 9th.

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The Missing Link

A friend sent me this video this morning. In a couple of days it will be a year since I lost my son Jared to suicide. More and more information is surfacing on what toxic mold does to the brain. It is healing in so many ways to listen to this interview, as it validates what Jared was going through. I found myself nodding my head in agreement with Marie LeBlanc from Manitoba Canada. I am so grateful for those who have been speaking out about this issue. There is a link between mold and suicide. Let’s talk about it….

Igniting the Torch


 

By Margaret Novins

As noted in the entry in September, Sher Bailey passed the torch of her Facebook group, Black Mold Symptoms, to Sandy and myself. We asked Kelli to join our team. This month Sher offered an opportunity to take over this website.

First it needs to be stated that there is no personal gain involved in this venture. If funds are generated in the future, it will be fully disclosed and transparent. Any profits will be used for the good of the mold sick community. Currently, running this site is an expense and a labor of love. We don’t advocate or discourage any medical or environmental protocols. Individuals are expected to make decisions on a personal level. A variety of information will be shared here.

Sher did a wonderful job of bringing awareness to the topic of toxic mold over the past year. Her message was far reaching. She continues to share her journey on her website sherbailey.com. In fact, we encourage people to read where she is at in her journey now. She recently posted about depression so devastating it resulted in attempted suicide.  She is focused again on healing. See http://sherbailey.com/depression/

Mold and mycotoxin poisoning can cause depression. Dr. Mary Ackerley is an integrative psychiatrist who presented the keynote address at the Surviving Mold conference in November titled “Brain on Fire”. She addresses depression as an illness resulting from chronic inflammation and she identifies one of the conditions leading to this inflammation as mold exposure.

Sadly, Kelli knows this all too well. Part of her family’s mold journey includes not only losing her health, her home and her possessions, but she also lost her son Jared. You see… he took his own life at the age of 17. It can’t be denied that mold was a tragic part of his story. He even testified at a senate hearing about the horrible impact mold had on his family. Before Jared died he told his mom “I want to be somebody”.

Jared, you definitely are somebody. Your mom will make sure your story brings light to the darkness of this topic. Awareness. Hope. Change. Consider the torch ignited.

Natural Health Advisory: How to Find a Skilled Doctor

If you want to know more about mold sickness and how to find a physician who understands what mold can do to the body, you should really read this article:

Treatment for Mold Exposure: Finding a Doctor Skilled in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mold Sickness

It covers:

How mold-related conditions are diagnosed

Mold exposure treatment

Finding a doctor who specializes in mold exposure treatment

This is a great blog post to add to your arsenal of information for the all important conversation with your doctor.

xo,

Sher