Planet Thrive is Taking a Break

Julie Genser, PT founder

One of the most critical issues affecting those with environmental illness today is housing. My personal struggle with EI has taken me from New York City, to Oregon, to Arizona, to Long Island, back to New York City, back to Long Island, to Florida, and back to Arizona again in the last six years. I thought I had a safe living situation but recent developments have left me frantically searching for a safe place to sleep; to no avail. My situation is so fragile due to my severe sensitivity to clothing, bedding, and heating. So I am stuck living in an unsafe home for now, without adequate heat, and must put my attention to daily and future survival first and foremost so I will not be adding new content to Planet Thrive for the next three or four weeks.

Most of my belongings will need to be replaced, including my clothes and pillow, which I am not sure I can find replacements for. But I am trying to stay positive and hopeful for the future.

Julie at the Indian OvensOne thing I have always been good at is finding the silver linings in challenging situations and this is no exception. Some local EIs have rallied to my side to try to help me deal with this situation and I am grateful for the deepened friendships and connections. My family has seen how serious my situation is and have come to another level of understanding and willingness to help solve my housing problem. I have seen how strong I am mentally and even physically, and have found a deeper trust in my capacity to survive. The situation has also strengthened my resolve to be part of the housing solution for others with environmental sensitivities.

Sending out love to everyone struggling with this disability and also searching for a safe home. Be back in mid-March with more great content and stories from the frontline (fingers crossed)! Until then, you can still connect with your Planet Thrive friends in the community section of our site, our weekly live chat parties will still take place, and you can of course access all the great information and resources available through our website. xxx

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  • jmecrow

    February 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Good for you jules…i’m so glad that you are taking care of yourself.

  • earthwalker

    February 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks Jamie. Unfortunately it’s not so much about taking care of myself, as being unable to function and focus/concentrate further than my immediate survival needs. Just trying to breathe, eat, and sleep…

  • jmecrow

    February 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    that’s taking care of yourself!

  • jnanda

    February 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Julie –

    I will be thinking of you and sending light and love, and that you will be given all the support you need, and that your situation will quickly resolve. You are loved and appreciated by many……..soak it up and may it give you strength to face each moment.

  • donna

    February 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    good luck, julie. let me know if u need any help.

  • Joyce

    February 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Julie, Blessings to you finding the perfect place to live and heal. Peace and Healing Blessings XJ

  • Christine Weeber

    February 13, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Julie, Sending you strength and a sensitive intuition as you try to figure things out. Let me know if we can help in any way.
    One breath at a time…

    Take good care,

  • Kris

    February 14, 2010 at 4:50 am

    OH, Julie, I had no Idea things were so bad for you right now. Please let us know how we can help you. I’ll be praying for you!!!

  • leslie

    February 14, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Good luck Julie!
    I am looking for a new place too, you will find what you need, just make a clear written list and it’ll show itself… that’s what i have used for the past few years. :)

  • James Van Raden

    February 14, 2010 at 8:48 am


    I am so saddened and frustrated that you are in the situation that you are in. You have been so kind to me and my quest for information on the MCS housing issue. I see that what I am trying to develop is not coming soon enough for some and if I could change this I would have 1000’s of safe homes all over the country springing up as there are plenty to fill them.

    I will be participating in the Pepsi Refresh program to try to get some money to get this ever so crucial housing started. It is only $50,000 but it will be a portion of the necessary seed capital to make this happen. I will be posting more information at my Face book group
    “Building the perfect MCS / EI houses and developments”!/group.php?v=wall&ref=mf&gid=233579801314

    This is a huge grant competition but it will seed & create something much larger and not only offer a solution for affordable housing but more importantly affordable MCS housing.

    Julie, you have been an inspiration as well as everyone else that I have come into contact with. You are a blessing to this world and for that I thank you for being what you are & doing what you do.

    Take care and please be safe and to you I send wishes and prayers.

    Take care,

    James Van Raden
    “Life is not just about breathing, it is about being ALIVE”

  • ellen

    February 14, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Hi Julie,
    My best wishes to you for health, stamina, strength, support, love, uplifted spirit, and anything else you need to cope with this very difficult situation.


  • Amber

    February 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Good luck Julie! Fingers crossed for you.

  • seeker

    February 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope the situation gets resolved quickly.

    Take care, Eileen

  • Mokihana

    February 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    i add to all the wishes for your safe space, and blessings for you next deep breath and peaceful moments.

    you are loved.

  • earthwalker

    February 17, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Thank you to everyone for all the good wishes!! Sending lots of love back. xx Julie

  • Connie Morbach

    February 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I applaud efforts and wish you continued success. As an IAQ consultant, I have provided testing and consulting for thousands of clients who have been injured by toxic expsoures. I do find that many of my MCS clients know the precise moment in which they experienced their threshold exposures. Unfortunately, once sensitized, the receptor is changed, which results in hypersensitivities to many allergen, chemicals and toxins. Creating a safe indoor environment for MCS individuals is frustrating. I would love to follow your quest.

  • Peggy Fogle

    February 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Take care of yourself. Prayers are with you.

  • Connie Rae

    February 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Julie, You are in my thoughts and prayers….hope all works out better than the best. It is really good you are taking care of yourself. HUGS

  • jen

    February 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Hope you found your safe home. When you are settled I hope you will share with us how your formerly safe home became untenable for you and even ruined your belongings. It would be good to learn more about how that can happen and how we can protect ourselves.

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