Addendum: NYT Photo Essay on Living with MCS

I just posted about resources for learning more about multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), and now I find out that yesterday the New York Times ran an amazing, powerful, moving, important photo essay about people living with MCS by photographer Thilde Jensen.

Please check it out and spread the word. Link is above. The essay is called, “Everything Makes Them Sick.” The photo of the woman slumped in her bathtub — that is the one I saw and thought, “That’s me.”

Thank you!

– Sharon, the muse of Gadget (who also had chemical sensitivities), and Barnum, SDiT

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3 Responses to “Addendum: NYT Photo Essay on Living with MCS”


  1. 1 brilliantmindbrokenbody September 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Wow…I wonder if that neural retraining program she did would work for other people…

    ~Blaze

  2. 2 Sharon Wachsler September 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I know some people with MCS who have done it, and it has helped them, and some who have tried it, and they haven’t gotten into more than a few weeks and then crashed really badly.

    My perception is that it really only works for people who just have MCS, and don’t have other diseases as well, such as CFS/ME or severe Lyme, etc. It requires a level of cognitive functioning and energy that I certainly don’t have, and many I know who are sick with MCS and other stuff don’t have. I looked into it, and it’s outrageously demanding of time, energy, money, and bodily function that most of us don’t have.

  3. 3 brilliantmindbrokenbody September 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    That’s a shame. It would be so awesome if there was a system that worked well to help de-sensitize people with MCS…ah well. Pie in the sky, I guess, eh? With it working for just enough people to get us hopeful.


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