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Why Sensitivities Are a Gift

I talk to a lot of people about my journey with Lyme disease and chronic illness. I learned so much during my healing journey and I feel like it's so important to share what I've learned and all the tools I discovered along the way.


A few months ago, I wrote about my human alarm system and described how a woman in the height of her Lyme disease asked me, "How do you get rid of the sensitivities? Do they ever go away?"


I responded, "No. They never go away. But what if instead of thinking of them as nuisance, you thought of the sensitivities as a gift? As a human alarm system?"


People who suffer from chronic illness are often hypersensitive to light, smells, mold, EMF, noise, motors, and all sorts of things. Today, I had a human alarm system alert so I thought I'd share a little about it in this video.


Human alarm systems can come in many forms like anxiety, stomach aches, felling ultra-alert, chest pain, or it can feel like you're wearing a five-pound helmet on my head. Every body is different so every human alarm system is different. How does your human alarm system manifest itself? How does your body tell you when something is wrong?

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heidi.green
heidi.green
Jan 30, 2022

Suzanne, this is so powerful! For the first time in my life, reading this and watching your video, I realized that my strong sensitivity to tobacco smoke is not me being "overly sensitive" (how my parents described it) or "controlling" (as partners have described it) or "being a party pooper" (as friends have described it. It is my body warning me that this is something extremely toxic for me and that I need to do whatever it takes to get myself out of those situations, rather than trying to "talk myself down" as my lungs shut down and I cast about for something to mask the smell (which doesn't help in the long run).


I recall walking around sub-zero Copenhagen…


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Suzanne Casamento
Suzanne Casamento
Jan 31, 2022
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BRAVO! Yes, it's your human alarm system and a wonderful opportunity to practice setting boundaries. Keep on honoring your amazing, magical lungs. ❤️

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