Medical Home for Julie
All language is a longing for home. - Rumi
I am about to become homeless. I suffered a severe brain injury after a rather large exposure to vaporized mercury, one of the most toxic substances on Earth, in my late twenties. My health was devastated and my life completely derailed. I have been fighting to reclaim my health and quality of life ever since.
After numerous additional environmental assaults - including 9/11 and another fire where I inhaled toxic fumes - my immune system crashed and I could barely wear clothing and could not use any bedding for 7 years. I literally slept on bare wooden or tile floors without blankets or heating systems, with very thin t-shirts and leggings, and no socks. Life was pure struggle.
An old dirty shirt I was forced to wear as pants when my body rejected almost all fabrics:
I had to leave my life in NYC - everything that I loved - and move to an isolated community for those with severe chemical and electromagnetic sensitivities in Snowflake, AZ where I lived for 5 years in pure survival mode. Through extreme lifestyle avoidance, severe dietary restriction, plus multiple brain retraining programs, I fought tooth and nail to recover enough function to move to sacred Sedona, AZ in 2013. During this whole time, I devoted my life to helping others. You can read more about that here .
I had to boil new clothing outside on a commercial hotplate over and over for 10 hours before being able to wear it:
I air-dried all my clothes outside and lived in near isolation for many years while my body healed:
This is the bed I graduated to after sleeping on the floor. I slept on this for 2 years, without any blankets, just as you see it here:
Upon arrival in Sedona, I was immediately hit with extreme inflammation throughout my body, stemming from the Crohn's Disease I suffered with since age 12. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and it was in my hands, ribs, elbows, knees, ankles and toes. It was a devastating diagnosis. It was severe and very progressive and I was told I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.
Because of all my food and chemical sensitivities, all the medications I tried caused severe breathing impairment and I had to stop treatment. I made the decision to spend the last of my life savings on intensive physical therapy. I spent $12,000 for 3 weeks of treatment. It put the arthritis that was destroying all of my joints in 80% remission. It was one of the best decisions of my life, but it has left me without any savings, except for my 401K retirement fund.
I was fortunate enough to find a lovely casita outside of town to live in and have enjoyed the last three years here, but I am losing my safe housing in 2 weeks. My landlords will allow me to extend my lease one month until the end of March, but at double the rent. I have to borrow money to do this, but I will, since it gives me an extra four weeks to avoid living in my car with my two cats. Somehow I must find a safe enough home here and come up with first and last month’s rent and security in the next few weeks.
Me in front of my beloved casita that I will be leaving in 6 weeks:
But there is a housing crisis happening in Sedona, with many people losing their long term rentals, being displaced because landlords are wanting to take advantage of the new law that allows short term rentals (like airbnb) for homeowners to make lucrative incomes. Friends are having to find new housing or leave town because they cannot find affordable housing - and they don’t have the serious environmental issues that I live with to contend with, which makes things that much more impossible for me.
I have been looking for housing for over 6 months — actively searching Craigslist, housing groups on Facebook, GreenHomesForSale.com, and other online venue throughout the day, every day. Constantly sharing my story, networking with local friends and community members. The places I have found have all been either moldy or the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) have made me very sick just being in the house a few minutes. I opened my search up to look at “for sale” homes as well, even though I don’t have any savings left after 20 years of severe chronic illness.
I pre-applied for a low income loan but they said I would have to sell my entire 401K before they would give me anything. A friend of mine with the same income and health conditions applied for the same loan and is now purchasing a safe house for himself. Because I have a retirement fund, I will not receive financial help. I am pre-applying for a regular mortgage loan right now, but without a co-signer I will most likely not get enough to purchase anything other than a manufactured house, which is not appropriate housing for my medical condition due to the toxicity levels of construction materials used. I have appealed to family members but they have all given me so much over the years and are no longer able to help me. [Update 2/11: Just found out today that I may be getting some assistance, details being worked out!]
It’s just me and my two kittehs. I am going to sell off my 401K but that won’t be enough to buy a home, and it will leave me without any savings at all. I am forced to do what I never wanted to do, and ask for public support. It’s humbling to ask for help this way. But maybe it’s part of my lesson. Having to ask for help, and being open to the miracle. Today each one of you reading this has the opportunity to be involved in miracle making. With your contribution, you bring me one step closer to further transforming my life. I have worked so hard to get to this point, I don't want to lose any of the ground I have established.
With a home of my own and some long-term stability, I will be that much more able to bring my gifts to the world. Having to live with the stress of impending homelessness is crushing to spirit and body. I turned 50 this year, and I just can't imagine having to go through this throughout my senior years. I need a long-term solution. Would you like to participate in my miracle?
I am asking for $60K. I could purchase a tiny home with that amount and rent space on someone's land.
A potential tiny house for me:
I hope you will decide that I am worth supporting. I can promise you that I have so much more to give my community, and the world. Right now I am working on a website detailing how I am healing from 40 years of Crohn’s disease. It’s groundbreaking information that will help millions and I will be sharing it for free.
Everything I do in this world is to help others improve their lives. Will you help me improve mine now?
Please forgive me
I love you
- Hawaiian Ho’oponopono forgiveness practice
Well, my landlords just told me that now I don't have to leave at the end of the year. I can just continue on living here indefinitely (unless, of course, they change their plans yet again!). This makes the dream of building my own home even more possible. I have started looking at land and researching everything from safer building materials to heating, cooling and lighting techniques and permaculture so I can design the most amazingly safe home to carry me through my senior years.
Please share my fundraiser and help me raise more funds so I can make this dream a reality. I now have the gift of TIME but I still need to raise enough funds to make this a reality. It will be a model for thousands of others and I will share my process, materials, budget and all other pertinent information to make the building process easier for anyone who chooses to build their own safe home in the future.
Much love! xxx Julie
The latest update in my housing saga is that I received a miracle -- my landlords just told me that they have had a change of plans and I can stay in my casita for another 9 months until the end of 2017. I am beyond elated! What this means is that I will begin the process of finding and buying land to build my small safe dream home. Your contributions mean even more to me today because the money will be put to good use immediately. Thank you again for all the support, love and kind words being sent my way. I am truly touched and receive your blessings with love. xxx Julie
I have shifted gears in the last 24 hours and am now looking for an environmentally safer TINY HOME! If you know of any for sale (preferably in Arizona), or know of companies doing amazing things, please send me links and info. Donations are still coming in. Thank you to all of my earth angels! xx Julie
Hi Julie, I'm so sorry to hear about your housing predicament. This new law signed by Obama in Dec. of 2016 may be of help to you. The info was emailed to me by a friend last month. It allows disabled persons to create a trust for their money so they then can be eligible for government benefits. If there is a possibility for you to transfer you 401K assets into a trust that might make you available for federal housing benefits and more. I have not had any contact with the attorney who does this but I do have the info so here is the link: https://attorney.elderlawanswers.com/newsletter/actions/view-article-new/c/14383/type/my/id/7144 I'm imagining you housed and happy and sending prayers your way. Love, Cathie
That is such good news! Made my day!
Julie, Have you considered contacting PH Living? We considered doing a PH living studio room after going and staying at one of these that was a studio unit that was a trial rental about 5 hours away. We ended up getting a old Tad Taylor small shell of a tiny trailer so we didn't end up buying the PH living unit we had considered. They really do it right all the way around with even safer materials then most, floors that breath etc. and they are lovely inside with lots of light from large windows. They start with just one room, and have studio's and larger units. These can be put on wheels for an additional charge, and then it would be considered a trailer. Here is their contact information in case you have interest in contacting them for their current pricing: - pH Living, phliving.us/ Address: 5710 Trancas Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265 Phone: (310) 457-5477
Two recent and current 'tiny' homes built or being built might give you inspiration and resources. Here's Aurora Levins Morales' "Vehicle for Change"http://www.littlevehicleforchange.org/; and our friend Rev. Eko Noble is building her tiny moveable home in Oregon ... no link for that, but maybe she's show up here:) Nice shift, Julie.
Hi Julie -- I'm sending you what I can right now. I spent many years being homeless, so I don't need to reach far to connect with what's happening to you. I've been so appreciative of your efforts and wonderful energy for the whole MCS community. I'm really pulling for you to be able to stay near Sedona, and send lots of good wishes and love your way.
Julie, I am so sorry that you find yourself in a place where you are loosing your housing. I know this has to be a distressing place to be. So many persons with chemical sensitivity find themselves in this very place. Blessings as you search for a permanent home or a rental that works for you in the area of your choice.
Thank you for sharing this product Stephanie, I had not heard of it. I will look into it now. Blessings! Julie
Thank you KC, I so appreciate your donation! xx
Cathie, thank you for sharing that important information!!! xx Julie
Hi Julie Thanks for reaching out, and wishing you well in reaching this goal. I'm keen to share with you PXP Royale Purple Rice, this amazing rice supplement has helped my health amazingly suffering from chronic fatigue a long time, and lots of other stuff. Has been helping many people with huge health crisis's I don't know about multiple chemical sensitivity but seems to clear out what ever needs clearing out by feeding the cells in our bodies, we sleep better, feel better energy more able to deal with stress. Am sure it would help you too. Blessings on you and reaching out and making your way to a home that helps, but even more blessings on recovering from Multiple chemical sensitivities ♥ (:
Julie,I wish I could do more. We have never met but you took the time once to send me resources that might help my dear sister (She is currently seeking safe housing ) I have witnessed up close this feeling of being displaced in the world and longing for home. I am grateful for your spirit and the way you help the community. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Just seeing all these comments. Thank you all for your love and support. I did look into the USDA Rural Development loan and was told I would most likely qualify for the loan, HOWEVER would be required to sell my entire 401K before they would give me any money. So I am looking for other options. I hate to lose my retirement funds that I saved my whole life for.
Julie, I wish I was in a position to help you. I too, am searching for a home. I see someone has already recommended the US Rural Development loan. I am working on trying to get one of those loans now. I am going to be 60 this month, and have been living on the road for almost 4 years. First in my car, then my van, and I now have a tiny homemade camper which has been a blessing. So I know something about some of the challenges you may be facing. If that turns out to be your path, living in your car, I would be honored to offer advice on how to live this crazy road life. I am sure there are others who would be better qualified to help you in that arena, but it is what I have to offer. Most importantly, I offer my prayers, that the Lord will guide you and help you, in return for all the love you have shared with so many others on your journey.
Julie -- This is terrible news! I am sending positive energy your way. I just posted this in my two canary groups: Normally we don't do fundraisers in my canary groups. However, Julie, founder of Planet Thrive, three MCS Facebook groups, and a few other helpful MCS sites, is losing her safe rental home in Sedona. Her only option is to try to raise downpayment money on her own home. Despite some of the most extreme reactions I've ever heard of, Julie has helped countless canaries over many years with literally life-saving support and advice, and she has plans for even more projects. With immense effort, she's been able to improve her own health, and tell others how she did it. If Julie becomes ill again, it will affect the whole MCS community. If you can, please join with me in donating to her Go Fund Me account. I know that whatever I give, she has already given me so much more.
I am so sorry for what you are going through. Have you looked into USDA loans? There are two types. One is for people in poverty, the other for people who make enough to pay a mortgage, but not enough to save up for a down payment. 401K is not an issue based on my experience, but I am unsure if this may vary by state.