We all know that living with mold illness is hard and that our journey back to health is more like a marathon than a sprint, yet we all still want to find that secret key that will give us success on our journey. In our instant-gratification society, we all want the magic pill that will give us instant results and instant health. While there is no magic pill when it comes to treating mold illness, there is a secret key that will decide whether or not you are successful.
Okay, maybe it’s not so secret. After all, it is one of the very first steps in the Shoemaker protocol. However, I think we have a tendency to overlook its significance and to not understand how important it is to our success or failure. So what is the secret to your success? Avoiding exposure. Two little words that carry so much weight.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying it is easy. I am simply saying that it is vitally important if you want to regain and then maintain your health. For some people, it will mean leaving their home and possessions or spending the time and money to have them remediated. For others, it will mean giving up their job or looking for another line of work which is more conducive to them being in a safe environment. It might mean you can no longer go to the store or your friend’s house to visit or church on Sunday or out to the movies or the mall on a Friday night. Avoiding exposure will almost certainly require you to make some changes in your lifestyle. How many and exactly what changes are necessary will vary from person to person.
Does this mean that there is no life after mold illness? Certainly not! It is just a different life than the one you had before – a healthier life without the fatigue, pain, and misery that so many of you were living with on a daily basis. Ultimately, the choice is yours. Are you willing to do what it takes to avoid exposure? For some of you, the answer will be no, and regrettably you will continue to suffer from poor health. For others of you, the answer will be yes, and you will find that although the journey isn’t easy it is most certainly worth it.