After my return from Cuba in September, 2009, I enjoyed excellent health for several months, but was then exposed to a toxic level of mold in my apartment and became very ill. In April I was diagnosed with diabetes. In May it was a genetic liver condition, in June I learned I had antibodies to every single mold I was tested for, in July I tested positive for chronic Lyme disease and in August I found out I also have Bartonella, another tick-borne disease. In late June I had to leave my apartment practically overnight because I could no longer breathe there. I spent the summer camped out in various living rooms and offices while I tried to find that was chemically safe for me--free of natural gas, mold, carpets, new paint, smokers, scented laundry products, etc. In September I finally found a room in a house that's mostly OK for me.
Sometime during my search for shelter, I had the idea of living in a tiny mobile house, like a Romany caravan, and one thing very quickly led to another. I spent the fall designing a small house on wheels for myself, with help from a variety of experts, and am now raising money to build it, while I work out a few technical glitches. La Casita will provide me with housing security for a fraction of what a stationary home would cost, will be built entirely of non-toxic materials, with compact, energy efficient appliances, and will allow me to relocate when I want to without having to start from scratch. I hope it will also allow me to create my own artist's residencies in communities around the country where I have ties.
I'm working on many writing and editing projects and will be telling you all about them soon. In the meantime, welcome to my new home online.
Aurora Levins Morales is a disabled and chronically ill, community supported writer, historian, artist and activist. It takes a village to keep her blogs coming. To become part of the village it takes, donate here.
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