What if you could save a life through compassionate caregiving?

Update: Sadly, on the night of November 4th, 2019, Heather Colman-McGill passed away. Please read the tribute to Heather co-written by her friends here

Heather, a lovely and kind person who is 98% bedbound with a neuroinflammatory/ autoimmune disease – severe myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), Lyme disease, and multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), is urgently in search of a live-in caregiver. Her disease has now progressed to the point where she is experiencing profound suffering.    But with a kind soul willing to commit some months as her caregiver, she has a chance to survive, heal and regain some quality of life. No caregiving or nursing experience is necessary, just patience, kindness, and an openness to learning.

Location

Heather is currently in the Boston area, but her sensitivity to her current housing (due to toxic mold exposure) and poor air quality is causing further deterioration. Our hope is first to move Heather to a more pristine location elsewhere in New England and ultimately to a beautiful rural location where others have experienced healing, in the pure air and non-toxic dwellings of the Southwest. Her caregiver would live with her first in New England and then travel with her out west. Potential caregivers need not currently reside in the Northeast. In addition, Heather’s family can help with the cost of travel to New England (within reason).

Duties

As someone with severe ME, Heather needs help with daily tasks such as preparing, serving and cleaning up meals, bathing, running errands (shopping, picking up prescriptions), laundry and cleaning her living environment. During moves, she would also need help with driving, cleaning/preparing the new living space, and logistics.

These tasks typically only require a few hours of work a day in the afternoon and evening, so the caregiver will have downtime to themselves in the mornings but must be prepared to stay nearby should Heather need additional help throughout the day.

Heather is very sensitive to light, sound, vibration, and mold/chemicals; all of these triggers can worsen her symptoms including severe organ pain. It is vital that her caregivers be quiet and prepared to carefully follow protocols designed to limit Heather’s exposure to toxic mold/chemicals. Should you express interest in the position, you will get detailed instructions on these protocols, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Stipend and housing

The current stipend is $1600 per month. In addition to free housing and a stipend, it may be possible to fundraise for additional pay for the right caregiver, as reliable caregiving is critical to Heather’s healing. Helpers could be a couple or two friends, however, there is only one stipend available. Children and pets, unfortunately, are not allowed due to the need to follow a strict protocol for minimizing exposure to mold and chemicals. The position may be ideal for writers, artists, students, digital nomads, or those wanting a sabbatical in beautiful natural surroundings while providing life-saving help!

Position duration

Ideally, this is a 3-6 month position, or longer if possible. Recovering health from these diseases, especially at Heather’s degree of severity, typically involves dedicated caregiving and help in minimizing any exposure to mold and other environmental toxins. It has been an uphill battle but reliable caregivers will make healing possible. Don’t assume someone else will help Heather! This position will be a true work of mercy, and Heather, her family, and her friends will be eternally grateful.

Minimizing toxic mold exposure while bed bound

Petra, a 25 year old woman who was 100% bedbound with Lyme disease and severe ME similarly to Heather, has experienced healing as a result of avoiding mold exposures with the help of her parents as dedicated caregivers. This too might be possible for Heather if we can find someone who is willing to be a dedicated caregiver! Watch the video below to hear Petra describe her experience!

More about Heather

Heather first developed ME as a teenager, though like many patients, she was not diagnosed for nearly 20 years. The condition leads to a breakdown in the body’s ability to generate energy, among many immunological and neurological problems, and is typically triggered after the body receives more physiological insults than it can handle. In her case, she was infected by a tick-borne disease at 12 and mononucleosis at 18, and was exposed to toxic mold in her childhood homes and schools. She began having many symptoms of the illness, but when doctors had no answers, she simply pushed through until that was no longer possible. She was a straight-A student, an athlete, and a world traveler with a tremendous zest for life. Despite her illness, she managed to earn a BA in Biology at Bowdoin and a Masters in Environmental Science at Yale before starting a part-time environmental consultancy, doing work on climate change for the United Nations.

Applying and outreach

Please share this post among friends, forward to those you know who may be interested! Please do not hesitate to inquire more about the position if you have questions.

To apply, please send an email to greenhomeforheather@gmail.com

Thank you!

By | 2019-11-25T22:25:42+00:00 May 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|3 Comments

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  1. Jenn June 13, 2019 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I’m so sorry to read about Heather and my heart goes out to her. I understand all the levels of sensitivity of sound, light, smells ect. It’s like the body has lost its filter. The loss of memory, cognitive abilities, motor hand coordination, anxiety and panic attack’s were the worst. I thought I was losing it at times but I knew something was very wrong with me that was literally sucking the life out of me.
    I was diagnosed with CIRS and Epstein Barr virus which causes many similar symptoms as CIRS and I’m still unsure which caused the worst symptoms but non the less having them both I thought I was dying. It seemed Drs could not help me. My symptoms were a mile long. Long story short I am almost 100% healed now.
    I found help through a non traditional therapy that saved my life. I want to share with you the person who helped me and ask you to please be open to talking with him about Heathers condition and staring his program.
    His name is Brian Morse.
    You can read about him and reach him here through this website.
    https://ehealingsolutions.com/about-medical-intuitive/
    I believe the body heals itself and he reinforced that belief through his therapy program. He saved me. I don’t know how I would have made it through without his help.
    Wishing all the best to Heather
    Be well soon ❤️🙏

  2. Pam Ehrhardt August 4, 2019 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Hello Dfendorg,
    I am a highly skilled and talented artist. Now writing, and developing what has always been a spiritual art life, into a story about my creative process. I put it in this way even though I know it is just a variation on the development of all human beings.
    I wrote to you some time ago, hoping to be of help to Heather, and myself as well. I am sure Heather is well on her way to better living.
    I am not however. Things are getting worse for me and better as a result. I am getting some qualified testing and finally have doctors who are willing to bridge the multiple problems existing in our present environment. I moved from a moldy cottage to another moldy house, and a tick infection which came suddenly upon me. I am not bed ridden but have a great deal of pain, standing and walking. Even though I am getting valuable awareness from the medical people, I know I need to move to the Southwest.
    I know no-one out there. But also know that if I want to live I must move.
    Can you be of any assistance in finding a connection there who will not think I’m crazy? Pam Ehrhardt
    paintingpamehrhardt @ Gmail.com

    • dfendorg November 25, 2019 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Pam,

      My apologies if your offer to help fell thru the cracks somehow, and especially sorry to hear of the decline in your health. I will contact you via email from dfendorg@gmail.com to see if there is anything we can do to help.

      Christina Steiger

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