A Life’s Journey…

Tonight, I thought I would share a little something I put together a while ago when I was struggling to find a place to live, while being a full-time student at the University of Victoria. I am sure others can relate to the challenges and reality I mention below… I am once again trying to find a new place to live and well, once again, I am realizing how tough it is to find a “safe place” to call home. 

Living with anaphylaxis, severe food intolerances, allergies and asthma since childhood has had a major influence on my life. The cost of living for someone with severe allergies and asthma is much greater than the norm. Finding a suitable apartment within a students’ budget when you have severe pet allergies (dander) is challenging and almost impossible. When you add in sensitivity to molds, dust, etc. the search does not get any easier. The apartment has to be carpet free to ensure that there are no residues from past tenants (pet dander, smoke). The furniture in your apartment has to be free of any possible triggers, which means new furniture for the most part. Travel can be an issue, especially air travel when pets are allowed in the cabin. I wear a mask when I fly but am still extremely concerned and have symptoms related to peanut/nut residue, pet dander and/or strong scents/perfumes which are circulated through the ventilation system on the plane. Allergies/anaphylaxis and asthma should be considered as a disability. It makes life trickier and more of a stress financially, especially for students. If I did not have allergies, I could live with roommates, share on groceries or stay in residence and follow a meal plan. Without allergies and asthma, I would not spend so much time reading labels and having to travel to 3 different stores for groceries. I would not get sick (occasionally causing me to miss school) after being around someone with pets/had smoked or was wearing perfume.

A safe place to live:

No smoke
No pets around and No roommates who may have dander/hair on clothes
New furniture so there are no triggers (pet, smoke)
No carpets
Windows for ventilation
Ideally not have forced air (have separate ventilation system)
Proper kitchen since everything is cooked from scratch
Newer building/house where there is little/no mold and is not “stuffy”
Proper air purifier to remove possible allergens
No Perfumes/ strong scents

Healthy Lifestyle (Extra time to prepare and more costly):

No processed foods/ foods with preservatives (soy)
No Gluten, wheat, nuts, peanuts, legumes

12 thoughts on “A Life’s Journey…

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    • Thanks for your comment! It is really nice to hear from readers who feel like they can relate or are working through similar challenges. And I am really glad you took the leap to write a comment! I hope to make this a site where we can all share and not feel like we are alone 🙂

      If you have any topic ideas or questions you would like to hear my thoughts on, please share. I am always looking for new ideas for posts. I will be adding a page shortly where readers can do just that!

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  3. I stumbled across your blog thanks to Allergic Living. Really enjoying reading it. This one about living conditions really struck a note.

    The thing that I’ve been wondering about a lot (and I don’t expect anyone to have an easy answer to this) is what does a person with multiple severe allergies do about working conditions? In my present job all my allergies have become way worse due to conditions (lots of dust, customers coming in smelling of smoke and perfume, possibly mold, etc.) I find after every shift I have to come home and take Benadryl just so I can hopefully sleep through the night without waking up with breathing problems. I feel like I’m in a medication-induced haze most days.

    Thanks goodness for athletic activities. They help me stay sane. Thanks for letting me vent a bit :).

    • Laura, thanks so much for your comment. Perfect example of what I hope to accomplish with this site! A place to ask questions and share tips and a little venting, because we all need to do so every once in a while and that’s perfectly ok! 🙂

      I would have to agree with you about it being tricky to have an easy answer for you with regards to work conditions, but I can say I have faced this challenge on numerous occasions and like you, have felt like I was in a “medication-induced haze” a lot as well.

      I am not going to lie. My allergies have definitely invoked a lot of though about careers and studies etc. You’ve got me inspired for a new post! I’ll share some of my experiences with work tonight. Feel free to comment and we can keep the conversation going!


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