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by Gail McCormick

 

The people profiled in this book tell how you can create a positive life when you no longer can work, shop, attend church and public events or socialize without unpleasant, or worse, consequences to your health from low-level chemical exposures. Living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a collection of personal stories describing the lives and coping strategies of people with MCS from all over North America. It describes dozens of alternatives to the kinds of isolation and hopelessness that threaten people with this illness.

Laced with inspiration, courage and humor, these stories dispel myths associated with people who have MCS, and will help others to articulate their own experience of the illness to family, friends, coworkers, and health care providers. Foreword by Pamela Reed Gibson of James Madison University. Appendices include a medical overview, resources for further information and support, and a sociologists’ view of MCS by Steve Kroll-Smith, director of the Environmental Social Science Research Institute, University of New Orleans. Includes photographs of persons whose lives are described.

 

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This book is written by a Seattle counselor living with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). She presents her interviews with 32 people coping with this life- impacting syndrome in different regions of the US and Canada.

Each interview is accompanied by pictures which adds to the impact of the individual's personal story. In one interview a sufferer's spouse adds his perspective which offers important incite into how multiple chemical sensitivity affects the people close to the sufferer.

This is a great book for people thinking they are alone in the nightmare of MCS. The book demonstrates that there are so many others out there in a similar situation and shows how they are coping with life as an MCS sufferer. Appendices include an overview of MCS, a sociologist's viewpoint, resources for support, and recommended reading.

This is undoubtedly the most personal look at MCS I have read and as such I found it very enlightening. This book is sure to give hope and comfort to MCS sufferers.

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You are not alone in your struggle with MCS

This book is written by a Seattle counselor living with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). She presents her interviews with 32 people coping with this life- impacting syndrome in different regions of the US and Canada.

Each interview is accompanied by pictures which adds to the impact of the individual's personal story. In one interview a sufferer's spouse adds his perspective which offers important incite into how multiple chemical sensitivity affects the people close to the sufferer.

This is a great book for people thinking they are alone in the nightmare of MCS. The book demonstrates that there are so many others out there in a similar situation and shows how they are coping with life as an MCS sufferer. Appendices include an overview of MCS, a sociologist's viewpoint, resources for support, and recommended reading.

This is undoubtedly the most personal look at MCS I have read and as such I found it very enlightening. This book is sure to give hope and comfort to MCS sufferers.

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I was at the lowest point in my life when I discovered this fantastic book. I felt totally alone trying to live with chemical sensitivities. Family and friends try to understand but they can't really, how could they?

Reading the stories of others with MCS in this book gave me renewed hope that I could again find some sort of fulfullment in life (however small) rather than just trying to get through each day without breaking down.

For those feeling alone and lost in despair as a result of the nightmare that is MCS there is no better book. Please read it if you can.
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Reviewed by Peggy February 15, 2008

Full of hope for those with MCS

I was at the lowest point in my life when I discovered this fantastic book. I felt totally alone trying to live with chemical sensitivities. Family and friends try to understand but they can't really, how could they?

Reading the stories of others with MCS in this book gave me renewed hope that I could again find some sort of fulfullment in life (however small) rather than just trying to get through each day without breaking down.

For those feeling alone and lost in despair as a result of the nightmare that is MCS there is no better book. Please read it if you can.

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