“Bunny Girl” 2016 performance piece

Performance artist Monet Clark’s journey with environmental illness began in 1992, after a travel-required vaccination reaction. We interviewed her 11 years ago (in 2010) to share her incredible story of recovery — from being bed-bound and severely disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), to living life again and continuing her career as a performance artist: Life as art: healing from CFS, FMS, and MCS.

Unfortunately, after the wildfires in California last year, a toxic mold infestation, and a case of COVID, Monet has once again found herself struggling with her health and ability to find housing and live with crippling chemical sensitivities and chronic fatigue syndrome, and now, COVID-long haul syndrome.

In an effort to raise funds for herself, Monet has made an excellent educational video/art piece blending her performance work with her personal story, as well as general information about these life-challenging illnesses to try to raise awareness for us all, while helping herself.

I often find the most inspiring pieces to be the ones that take a personal journey and share it through a larger lens, telling a story that many of us have lived, and will continue to live as long as this country values profits (and the subsequent pollution) over people. I wanted to share Monet’s video with you all as an example of a wonderful way to try to help yourself raise funds, while spreading awareness and helping all others who struggle with these same conditions.

Bravo Monet, great job on your fundraising video, and great job on keeping yourself alive — this world needs you (as it needs ALL of us who are struggling with these conditions)!

To see Monet’s fundraiser visit gofundme.com.

  • Julie Genser

    Julie's life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


  1. Cheryl

    Mona I would Like to give ? Also are you on Facebook ?
    Stay strong God is our healer

  2. Monet

    Cheryl thank you, thank you, thank you. Keep the faith everyone, healing is possible. Cheryl I am on facebook search Money Clark.

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