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In October of 2010 the Stiles family purchased a beautiful home in the historic Rosedale neighborhood of Detroit, close to where Brett works as a firefighter (Engine House #59). Rachael was expecting their second baby, and life was looking good. Shortly after moving in Rachael noticed a significant decline in her health; she chalked it up to a difficult pregnancy and her Psoriasis (an autoimmune disease that shows itself through the skin). Despite her increased efforts and commitment to a healthy lifestyle, her health continued to decline. Neither conventional nor natural doctors were able to pinpoint the root cause, although she was suffering "random" symptoms such as skin ulcers, aching joints, exhaustion, brain fog, infections, hair loss, edema, organ pain, shortness of breath, and extreme allergies to both foods and chemicals; and the list goes on. She began to spend 4-6 hours a day on her own medical care just to limp through the day. Over time she noticed that if she was outside of her home for an extended period of time (difficult to do while suffering from exhaustion!) she would feel a modicum better. The pieces of the puzzle began to fit together, and the tests confirmed it, Rachael is suffering from neuropathy from toxic black mold located in their beautiful home. While the rest of the Stiles family is also adversely effected, Rachael's autoimmune disease has rendered her body impotent from protecting itself. The Stiles are now embarking on an incredible journey, they're travelling to the arid region of the southwest, where mold can't thrive, for an extended period of time in order to allow Rachael to seek specialized medical care, and recover.The average recovery time for a person suffering from this type of mold exposure is 3-5 years, and any re-expose in mold causes a significant setback. Please join me in supporting this beautiful family on this terrifying journey as they uproot their family, meet with doctors and specialists, and try to re-mediate their home from afar. *Please see first journal entry for more info on assisting the Stiles family.