April 17, 2017
By Kim Crieger Goodwin
My husband and I have been out of Mystery Toxin since July of last year.
Mystery Toxin was killing us.
It took a real Sabbatical leaving our region to realize this fact.
Doing it three times and returning each time.
We didn’t intend to do it that way, but it was very illuminating.
Now we feel reborn.
I don’t mean to blaspheme, but I do feel like I came to life after being dead.
And in Hell, not Heaven.
Like birth, it was very painful.
Minutes felt like hours.
So much chaos, stress, uncertainty, and times when we thought, “Did we make a huge mistake?”
But those three trips in and out of the Mystery Toxin had shown us – we knew we couldn’t go back.
Now Trey and I can do a lot of things we couldn’t in Oregon.
Trey just started jogging again.
We hike a lot and do a bit of physical work, with no exhaustion or illness afterwards.
Here are some pictures from our adventures in the So Cal desert.
It’s not all roses, of course.
Desert roses, instead.
What can’t be seen is that a lot of these pictures are from when we had to leave the house to ozone, repeatedly, after getting Hell Toxin contamination.
So we’d go places we could take our dog, the different preserves and such that allow it.
That’s the reality of a Mold Avoider.
It’s a new life with new experiences, new ways of existing, and we can’t go back to the old ways.
But it’s a rebirth.
Now, being out of most toxic exposure and having found the medical help we need, we finally have the bodies and minds to experience the beauty of it.
About Kim Crieger Goodwin
After many years of struggling with chronic illness – including MCS, migraines, CFS, EI, IBS, fibromyalgia, POTS, extreme food sensitivities, and lung collapses – Kim finally discovered a clue: biotoxin-induced illness.
Two years after leaving their moldy home in western Oregon and failing to regain what they felt was an acceptable level of health, she and her husband took a Mold Sabbatical to a new region – the Southern California desert north of the Palm Springs area.
Kim wrote about some of her previous experiences in June 2016 in a Honey Colony article called “How I Discovered I Was a Mold Warrior.”
She also wrote a previous Living Clean blog article called “Kim Goodwin Explains How to Make a Low-VOC, Low-Cost Tent.”
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