Ginette lives in Quebec and has been trying to access health care safely for years, without success. The fragrance exposures cause severe symptoms and her health is deteriorating as a result of not being able to have her basic needs met, because… fragrance.
She posted this video to her fb profile:
Here’s a rough English transcript:
“Hello, I have an announcement. Tomorrow, Wednesday 12th of May, at noon, I will be installed in front of the hospital close to my home, to start a hunger strike.
After so many years of modest activism to convince provincial government ministers (health and other ministers) to apply a strict rule of ‘health care without perfumes and fragrances’ in all hospital, clinics and residencies for long term care for old people and those non autonomous, and after the last 5 weeks of emails from the group of women I belong to and I represent, and facing the criminal silence of these ministers,
I have nothing to lose anymore.
I am slowly healing from a last urticaria and angio-oedème crisis after being exposed to fragrances.
I decided today to never expose myself to their chemicals again when attempting to receive exams or health advice in a health hospital or clinic.
Enough is enough.
They will not kill me slowly each time I have to receive health care.
I choose to take the risk of dying in dignity, not after negligence or indifference from the people who run the health system in Quebec… ”
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Hospitals and health care providers put us in the position of literally dying for health care, they have valued their fragrances (and other harmful or hazardous products) over people’s lives, instead of implementing and enforcing fragrance-free policies that would improve the air quality and benefit all patients and staff too. The addictions seem stronger than smoking.
Here’s another video Ginette and her collective released recently (also in French)
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Please join me in wishing Ginette safety during and a swift and successful outcome from her demonstration, that the much needed fragrance-free and other harm reduction policies are implemented in Quebec (and all across Canada and the world – see the previous post about Maria) beginning immediately, so that health care becomes accessible and not harmful, for the millions of people with chemical and environmental sensitivities around the world.
Be Fragrance-Free. Make health-care accessible for people with MCS/ES.