As someone who suffers from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), and in commemoration of May 12 being International Awareness Day for this physiological illness, I chose today to undertake a performance art demonstration at the Manitoba Legislature.
The subject of my art is inside a bubble and unable to gain access to the Legislature or to most buildings in Winnipeg. That’s the reality for many people who suffer from this disorder.
MCS is characterized by acute sensitivity to a myriad of chemicals commonly present in most modern environments. Symptoms can be present in multiple organ systems.
The illness as well as therapies and prevention strategies were recently articulated by a committee of international physicians in the Rome Resolution, Consensus on MCS on Jan. 15, 2015.
People with MCS face many challenges, including access to safe, affordable housing.
Presently, the City of Winnipeg and the Government of Manitoba do not have any provisions or policies regarding accessibility to suitable housing for people with MCS.
As a person with MCS who faces these and many other barriers on a regular basis, I believe International Awareness Day for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is an appropriate time for someone to be in a bubble on the grounds of the Legislature.
My hope is that the general public as well as politicians are able to see and feel the frustration of how someone with MCS finds it nearly impossible to access safe housing.
Is anyone willing or able to help the person in a bubble, who might someday be you?