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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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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
If any of what you're about to read comes off as whining, forgive me. I do not mean to whine. This has just become such an unmitigated personal disaster that I can't believe what I'm about to write.

I drove all night Friday, reached Tucson Saturday, made it to the home we're renting for at least two months, unloaded everything and reconnected with my family. I thought everything was going to get back to a semi-normal routine with me beginning my treatment and watching the kids start theirs. However, the reunion was short-lived. Saturday night Andrea and the kids began to have rashes pop up on their skin. Andrea's hands cracked and Brandon had four nosebleeds in one night. I used to think nosebleeds were no big thing. Now I know you don't just get a nosebleed for no reason.

The kids also had respiratory problems. This, after we had had the house we're moving in tested for the presence of mold. It didn't make sense. Sunday night Andrea and the girls slept outside on the back patio with electric blankets. The temperature was in the 40s or 50s, and they said it was better, but they still were having problems. Then we learnd yesterday that the exterminator sprayed for termites recently. That made sense.

Because of the toxic exposure we have had, the toxicologist told us the children would develop multiple chemical sensitivity. We thought he might be wrong since the kids didn't show any signs of that early on. However, looking back, we can see how right he was. Their immune systems have been shot. Anything out of the ordinary makes them respond. Poison for termites threw them for a loop.

The good news is, after getting out of this environment and sleeping in a hotel one night, Andrea and the kids feel a lot better. However, we're stuck. All our stuff is in a house we can't live in. My studio is in a house I can't stay in. The owners brought none of this on themselves, they thought they were doing a good thing in spraying for bugs. It's just a mess.

And to top it off, I can't get my email to send the messages I've written! Well, that seems like a small thing now. If I haven't emailed you it's not because I don't like you. :)

I'm not giving up. We've come too far to turn back. We're just realizing this is what our life is going to be like for a long time.

Thanks for your prayers for us.
cf

10 comments:

Patrick said...

Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I know you can do all things. Your authority is supreme. My friend Chris is hurting; he's tired, he loves you, and wants very much to faithfully serve and honor you. He's so weary of seeing his wife and children suffering. LORD God, You Are! I know you love him and his family more than I can understand. And I know that you see and hear them. Please LORD strengthen them, be so very real to them, help them to cling to you - to believe you and trust you in ways they've never known before. Thank you for guarding them and not forgetting them. Oh God, please heal them. Please banish the illness and frailty of their bodies. Please LORD, pour your abundant grace upon them and strengthen them. Even in their trouble may they sing praises to you, may they bless you and glorify you. Father you are mighty and all powerful, all loving, so faithful. Father God, thank you for knowing what’s best and doing that even when it hurts. Thank you for caring about our soul more than our comfort. Thank you for hearing me. Your love is unimaginable to me. I believe you, I trust you. May your perfect will be done.

buddyruff said...

I reminded of what a favorite author of mine once said in a video I saw posted on YouTube. He said something like, "God is there even though it may seem like He is hiding." Chris, my heart and all of our hearts ache terribly for you and yours. I know I speak for so many who wish we could just FIX IT....but God WILL see you and your lovely family through this terrible ordeal. You are loved more than you know.

Sherry Parmelee said...

Father, I echo Patrick's prayer. Be the Sustainer, the Provider, the Healer, and the Comforter we know You to be. Touch our friends in unexpected and wonderful ways as they seek Your guidance in this situation. May You be glorified in the midst of this mayhem, and may all who are passing through this valley and all who are watching from afar come to know and love You better because of it.

Sue from IL/a WMBI listener said...

Hi Chris,
I am thankful that you found out what was causing these symptoms in the rental. I know Andrea was so cautious and had the house tested for mold, so when I read her blog yesterday I was very concerned. Even if you are a normal healthy person those pesticides are highly toxic. It all makes sense now. I pray God will lead you to a safer place to live where you and your family can heal and begin to feel much better. We are all getting wiser because of this. I am with you and your family in thoughts and prayers. Stand strong. God is with you too and He is for you!

buddyruff said...

I agree with Patrick in this prayer for healing and blessing. Larry Nobles (Buddyruff)

Randall said...

Well, nuts....it's too bad you couldn't have bought my house between Sierra Vista and Benson--but that was before you even knew your house in Colorado had a mold problem. Now YOU are in Arizona and I'M in Colorado. Strange...

Get a good cat--they'll alert you to spiders, scorpions, and snakes. We had a calico that killed a scorpion and a tarantula one summer! :^)

Andrew and Darcy said...

Oh I feel terrible for you all! I hope something turns up. My husband and I can't even begin to understand all your struggles and strife. We will continue to pray, pray, and pray! I love when you give updates on the radio. It is because of your family that we are having our home tested. Our six month old child has been so sick since she has been born. Our basement was covered in mold while I was pregnant. It had been flooded when we moved in and we had it remodeled 8 months after we moved in. I was exposed to all of that still while I was pregnant. Then a couple weeks ago we found the mold growing upstairs behind trim and under the flooring and all over the inside of the washer. None of this was visible to the naked eye. I feel terrible. Our daughter's immune system is so weak. She has severe GERD-Acid Reflux and severe allergies. Yesterday she screamed for hours in pain. We've been passed from Dr to Dr with few answers- just stronger meds. It baffles them! At this point I don't want it to be the mold but I would like to get answers.
I'm sure you've heard so many mold stories! I just wanted to let you know that you've raised our awareness of this issue. I read Andrea's blog and got the websites for testing from her blog. I'm very thankful for your willingness to let us into your family's life! May the Lord build you up at this time in your life.

Soozie4Him said...

Oh Chris... Words just can't express what I'm feeling for you guys right now. I've been a listener since your first show, and at first I thought it was too good to be true that you were having a show. I've missed you since you left the Morning Show on WMBI. Please know that my husband and I are praying for you and your family. I can't even begin to imagine. I'm SO glad that you're still doing your show - I think it's doing a huge service to all your listeners, and I can't help but think that the Lord is helping YOU too, through your program.

Prayers and hugs to your whole family,
Susan from Chicagoland
moot96 AT aol DOT com

Anna's Spot said...

Hi Chris,
You are not alone. It has been a long, long journey for our family since we discovered mold in our home. There are so many things we know how to help the Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. If I can help in anyway, please let me know.
Your family is in our prayers.
Anna

Tim and Debbie said...

We agree with Patrick in prayer and we also pray for all the hurting brothers and sisters around the country...whether it is financial, physical or emotional. We don't always understand but our call isn't to 'under'stand, just stand.
God be with us. Thank you Father for loving us the way you do.