For Me, MCS Means …

mcs es invisible disability framed“For me, MCS means having to wear a mask when I go out”

MCS Awareness Month Guest Post from Laura J Mac

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS (also known as Environmental Sensitivities) is a chronic and disabling condition characterized by symptoms from low-level exposures to common chemicals. To put it simply, really common chemical exposures are disabling to some people, even in very small amounts.

ES has been recognized as a disability in Ontario since 2000, and federally (in Canada) since 2007, yet most people, and in fact many medical professionals, have never heard of it.

May is MCS Awareness Month, though I promise you, we are aware of it all year!

Instead of asking others to imagine something so unimaginable, we asked 1500 people with MCS to share what life is like with MCS. These memes are some of the responses.*

To see the whole Life with MCS – Shareable Memes album on facebook, click up there or  HERE.


mcs means mini banner


*There are many more but: “For me, MCS means unpredictable wellness guarantees unpredictable productivity. I could do a lot more, of everything in life, if I wasn’t disabled by unavoidable chemical exposures.”

One of the other really helpful things about this album are the info links Laura put together, and she said I could share here too
(apologies for the wonky formatting)

May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Awareness Month
May 12
International MCS Awareness Day
Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Lyme and other Neuro-Immune conditions too!

Brief via MEAO (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Ontario)


in more detail:

(Hyperlinks in this article are a wealth of information!)
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Environmental Sensitivity (MCS/ES)
or online at



Via Recognition Inclusion and Equity

Housing & independent living struggles with MCS
via @Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
Housing as a medical necessity

Attitudinal barriers
summarized in the Canadian Family Physician Journal:



Printable signs and brochures and posters, oh my!



EHS in brief

More detail


Firsthand accounts of the impacts/experience of MCS based on feedback from 1500 global survey participants



FAQ – Scent Reduction

@Southlake Regional Health Centre

Not just us, 1 in 3 people affected!


Fragrance-Free How To:

May 26, 2016 is Fragrance-Free Day

Use these hashtags to find more info on Facebook and Twitter
 Glossary of terms:
* MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)
* EHS (Electro-hypersensitivity)
* ES (Environmental Sensitivity) or EI (Environmental Illness) = MCS/EHS
* IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)
* VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
* ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
* FM (Fibromyalgia)

Please take action in whatever way you can to ensure we ALL have the right to a healthy environment, and so industries are stopped from polluting us for profit.

also, please

Be fragrance-free. It’s good for you, it’s good for me.

P.S.    I have no control over the ads or the RELATED posts shown below.

6 responses to “For Me, MCS Means …

  1. chronicyogiblog

    I really appreciate that MCS and Lyme Awareness months are both in May. So fitting!

  2. I just remembered that wordpress comments (sometimes) give previews of fb memes now, so hopefully this will show a few of them before you head over there. So many experiences are shared in these, and most of us relate to most of them!

    Sadly, the album doesn’t show, but individual images will

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