In June 2016, momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry joined Dr. Gary Chapman on his radio program Building Relationships, co-hosted by Andrea's husband, Chris. In this inspiring interview, Andrea relates her compelling story of sick children, a sick home, and the radical decisions that affected her marriage, family, and future—and led her down a path toward helping others with the knowledge she gained on the journey.
The following timeline, written by momsAWARE founder and president Andrea Fabry, chronicles the Fabry family's experience with toxic mold exposure and also details the events that occurred during the year after they vacated their Colorado home.
· June 2000 Chris, myself, and our 8 children move from a small 1800-square-foot home in suburban Chicago to an expansive, relatively new 5500-square-foot home in Monument, Colorado. We choose Colorado for its beauty and close proximity to Chris’ writing colleagues.
· June 2001 through May 2007 Our 9th child, Brandon James, is born in June of 2001. We begin to see some medical issues arise. Our oldest daughter develops a severe nut allergy. Our 4th daughter is diagnosed with complex partial seizure disorder. Other issues arise in the family, such as mild hearing loss, heavy menstrual bleeding, rashes, nickel allergies, swollen adenoids, and a dog with diabetes. We make no association with our home.
· April 2007 Our 11-year-old son, Reagan, has skin biopsy for mysterious rash in the form of small bumps on his elbows and other joints. Dermatologist cannot diagnose the cause.
Heather Sells and a CBN News crew visited the Arizona home of Chris and Andrea Fabry in September 2009 to videotape this story about their family. This six-minute piece encapsulates the Fabrys' lives in the preceding few years and recalls the events leading to the loss of their former home in Colorado due to toxic mold. The family hopes this video will continue to reach others who might benefit from their experience.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed or confused by the abundance of health information on the Internet? momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry draws from her own experience to offer these five sanity-saving strategies.
- Expect to be overwhelmed.
With the massive amounts of health information readily available, it's completely natural and normal to feel overwhelmed. It doesn't mean that the information is bad or good, it simply means your brain can only process so much at one time. If your health is compromised, you have even less brain space for processing information. This is a catch-22. Taking charge of your health is a good thing, but embracing the help can be extremely challenging. There's no fix for this—just know that being overwhelmed is part of the process. And if you're overwhelmed, the truth is you may be headed in a good direction.