Julie yearns for a home that heals body, mind and spirt


Julie's bed


Julie, the President of re|shelter, has slept on a hard wood or tile floor with only a pillow for much of the past 6 years. She recently graduated to this flat plastic outdoor chaise lounge. Her rented “safe” home has a bare cement floor and “foiled” walls. She dreams of building homes – for herself and others – that provide spiritual sustenance and physical comforts beyond what is merely “tolerable.”

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posted April 29, 2010

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  • Jennifer

    February 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    She dreams of building homes – for herself and others – that provide spiritual sustenance and physical comforts beyond what is merely “tolerable.”

    I dream of this, too. I’m in Southern California and have just begun my research on mold free – resistant building materials. I’ve been fortunate to be able to sleep on my mother’s couch (I’m only in my 40’s 🙂 the last 2 years and all my belongings are in storage. Like so many, I am unable to take any of the apartments I’ve seen. I understand pre-fab homes may have some options and are less expensive than typical homes however, you have to own land. I think what we need to do ultimately is to draft and pass laws for people like us. I’m new to this stuff, I’ve been sick a long time but have just learned the term MCS. Glad to know I am not crazy. Anyway, would love to be a part of making this change happen. I’m a marketing professional by trade and would love to offer anything I can.

  • Julie Laffin

    February 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    Welcome to our community. I couldn’t agree with you more that we need laws to protect individuals with MCS. Interestingly, such laws would help everyone by requiring housing to be non-toxic.

    Thanks for writing to us. We hope to hear more about your research into safer materials.

    warm wishes,
    Julie L.

  • Iris

    October 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you for your efforts and desire to help others with mcs/mycotoxin/mold poisoning to find same housing. You’re right ..it is a major crisis that very few even know exists. We’ve moved 10 times since diagnosis and left everything behind all we owned twice. Every day I see someone else living this nightmare.

    I hope I’ll be able to help your efforts soon. It has been the desire of my heart for a long time. People need safe housing so badly.. what do they do when there is nowhere to go? And the world has got to be educated and laws passed to protect those of us with this disability. I believe it’s one of the worse illnesses anyone can have to deal with.

    Had it not happened to us I never could have even imagined such an illness even exists. God bless you.

  • ANNIQUE

    March 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Can you share info about the flat plastic outdoor chaise lounge you use for a bed. I do realize that it may not be available anymore & that if it is there may have been a change to the materials. However, if it is available I would like to give info to a friend who is sleeping on the floor.

    Thank you for the god work you do.

  • Julie

    March 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Annique,
    I am sorry but I don’t have the specific brand name of the chaise lounge chairs I purchased. It was about 6 years ago and I no longer own them. Your friend can just do a search online for chaise lounge chairs. They were white plastic and I made sure to find a model that laid as flat as possible. I had to buy 6 chairs because they were only sold in bulk. Hope this helps. Julie

  • Julie

    March 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Annique, You should also tell your friend about brain retraining… this is how I healed enough to move and no longer need the chaise lounges to sleep on. I sleep on a bed now. Here is more info on the brain retraining if your friend is interested: http://limbicretraining.com

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