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Supporting those with MCS

by Janine Ridings Introductory note: For those unfamiliar with MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), it is a condition in which a person has adverse reactions to low levels of various chemicals in his/her environment. For example, when exposed to chemicals such as fresh paint, new carpet, fragrances, or pesticides, a person with MCS may experience symptoms  Read more

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Surviving the Unthinkable

By Damon Coates (as told to Janine Ridings) Back in 2003, I was a patrol sergeant with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. On January 9, I was on patrol as a supervisor when some of my deputies got a call to a home in Milwaukie of a disturbance that involved a mother and her fifteen-year-old  Read more

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Suicide

Through the years it has been extremely painful to watch various people I love die as a result of suicide. Because of this, I hope to shed some light on a few of the issues that can be present when a person decides to take his or her own life. I will give some strategies  Read more

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In Memory of Mary Russell

November 16, 1935 – September 9, 2007 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15 In 1996, I met Mary Russell at a support group for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) led by Molly Jensen. Over the years, Mary became a dear friend as we supported each  Read more

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Exiled by MCS: A Survivor’s Perspective

By Janine Ridings “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 One of the most inspiring people I have met since having MCS is a woman by the name of Linda Reinhardt. Linda Reinhardt is a survivor. Back in 1998 when I was chemically injured on an airline, I was at  Read more

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My MCS Journey

By Janine Ridings In February 1993, my husband and I decided to have the interior of the condo we were living in painted. A quick dry oil enamel product was used which turned out to be highly toxic to me. The paint affected my nervous system. In addition, I experienced chest pains, various gastrointestinal problems,  Read more

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My Testimony: From Darkness to Light

By Janine Ridings I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home, and attended church from the time I was a small child. The summer after completing third grade, I attended a Christian camp called Sambica where I “asked Jesus into my heart.” During my elementary school years, even though I had accepted  Read more

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The Village Idiots

Has anyone ever encountered a “Village Idiot?” Now if you are not sure what I mean by that term, let me explain. Recently my husband attended a mens’ retreat sponsored by Calvary Chapel Eastside, and the guest speaker was Kelley Taylor. Kelley is a very unique pastor who has a refreshingly honest approach to life  Read more

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My Passion for Reading and Writing

One of the fondest memories from my childhood is of days spent in my backyard reading during the summer months. I loved to sit under a one hundred foot tall tree with the soft breeze blowing, reading my favorite mystery book series about Nancy Drew. For those of you too young to remember, Nancy Drew  Read more

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Sacrificial Love

Last weekend my husband, Dean and I had an opportunity to hear author and speaker, Gary Thomas share at a marriage conference in Issaquah, Washington. One thing Gary pointed out was that often when women are engaged, they love to share all about what their husband “is.” After they’ve been married awhile, however, women often  Read more

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