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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Friday, January 23, 2009
We finally took the plunge yesterday and hired an enviro company to test the entire "old" house. We believe this information will help us determine what will need to be done to make the home habitable again, or if we will need to simply destroy it.

I've kept the electricity off for most of the home, still running the fridge, but cutting off the gas and water. It's been this dark behemoth on a hill. The lights in the garage burned out a month or two ago. So it was eerie watching two people in Tyvek suits and masks wander through the kids' rooms taking samples of the carpet and doing air tests. This company believes the other two remediators did not find the true source of the problem so their testing is more extensive and more expensive. Funny how much a "t" and a "p" can change a word (extensive, expensive). But, as Andrea told me, this is information we really need in order to move on with our lives. Even if we lose that money by being told, "Destroy it," I won't regret it. At least we'll know.

I stood by Kristen's room and saw her favorite cover on her bed, and all the books on her bookshelf. I saw DVDs in the downstairs family room, near a TV. The couch down there was leather and was a favorite of Pippen and Frodo. They would climb up on the back of the couch and sleep in the sun until someone came to the door and then they'd be off, running and barking through the house. Even after Pippen went blind he loved to climb up there. That was the first piece of furniture we bought for the house, as I recall, eight years ago. It had been moved downstairs because of a newer, better colored couch we'd purchased in the past couple of years, but my heart longed to just sit on that couch and drink in the memories. The friends who had been with us there, the movies we'd watched together, the "discussions" we'd had there. The tears, laughter, blood, soil, sweat... Maybe that was Winston Churchill's couch before we bought it.

I went around back to look into the kitchen. It was just like we left it in October. The phone lying on the kitchen table. Homework there. A vase of fake flowers. The oven and the refrigerator were almost new, and it pained me to think of all the work we'd done. All the new carpet. The decorating and painting. It's really a gorgeous home with one problem. It was killing us. Slowly, yes, but it was killing us.

I talked with Andrea yesterday and thanked her for being the one to choose truth over illusion. Sometimes the truth is harder to believe than the illusion that everything is okay. She knew in her gut that something was wrong and wouldn't stop until she found answers.

Now we're in for a battle with the health insurance company over coverage. They've denied us coverage for the testing and the doctor we're seeing. We'll appeal, of course, but it's one more hurdle in a long line of hurdles to discover the truth and act on it.

3 comments:

Randall said...

Chris:

With my wife being a brittle diabetic, with arthritis, back problems, vertigo, and glaucoma, we relate SO WELL to the battle you're facing with the insurance. Hold on to God, stay firm, don't back down, and hang in there.

I constantly think of you and your family.

God Bless...

Randall

Susie said...

"It's really a gorgeous home with one problem. It was killing us. Slowly, yes, but it was killing us."

I wonder how much of life is like that for all of us -- appearing to be good, even gorgeous, but slowly bringing death -- but we don't recognize it, and especially those who don't know Christ....

Praying for you guys!
Susie

Sondra McCarty said...

Chris, I pre ordered 3 copies of June Bug...can't wait to read it. Thanks for the updates. Andrea's blog is so very informative. It helps us know how to pray. Know you are all loved and prayed for. Sondra McCarty