Sara Tamames' healing from toxic mold poisoning

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Sara Tamames' healing from toxic mold poisoning (Sara Tamames)
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The Story

My name is Sara Tamames. I am full of dreams. I dream of a happy fulfilling life. I dream of raising my daughter with love, respect and kindness. I want to work with children to make the world a better place. Start a democratic school. Dance in joy. Garden in nature. 

But my ability to live a full life was cut short 12 years ago when I became very ill. Exposure to toxic mold destroyed my health. I lost practically everything I ever owned. But I didn't let it destroy my life.

I have been using my scientific mind and knowledge to study as much as I can and I have also been learning through my own experience and experiments how best to deal with mycotoxins and heal from biotoxin illness.

And I have been sharing what I am learning with others who are ill in my blog "Beyond Mold: Thriving"  (

For the past year and a half, I have been doing all that is in my power to heal, enduring great hardship. The only thing that kept me going at times was looking forward to the day when I will be well enough to take care of my baby again.

I have made incredible progress in healing, but it has been a very hard struggle with not enough funds.

I have been alone and I have been hungry due to not having money to buy food and I have been too cold for not having enough clothes... But I managed to survive and I will never give up on getting my life back.

My life was finally getting back on track until catastrophic fires swept through my country on the 15th of October 2017, destroying great areas of forest and many agricultural fields, houses and factories. More than 40 people died in the flames. 

The village where I was living was defenceless against the blaze and I lost my living place and some of my possessions to the fire, leaving me with very little again.

Due to the fact that toxic mold poisoning is an unknown illness in my country, I have no medical or financial support from authorities in this overwhelming endeavour of trying to heal from it. That's why I need your help.

Your donations have bought me food and clothes so that I could endure the harsh Winter in the mountains. 

Your kindness has kept me alive and words can never be enough to express my gratitude.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 30, 2018

Posted on March 30, 2018

After the big fires that burned the campground where I was living, I stayed at a friend's house that she rents for tourism for about 2 months. This place was located in a small village and the air there was very good. The house was of very good construction and mold-free. I spent as much time as I could outside and I was able to recover a lot while I was there.

But my friend needed her house back for her income, so I had to find another place to live. I felt recovered enough that I might try renting another house with good construction and no mold, and hope my symptoms of exposure to construction chemicals present in regular buildings would not be too bad.

After searching a lot we finally found a house in a small town that seemed ok and I moved there in mid-December. I struggled a lot at first and my health got a lot worse due to pollution from cars and woodsmoke from chimneys in the town air, as well as perfume and detergent residues present in the house from previous residents. But as time went by the chemical residues evaporated more and more and things got better.

In January and February, I spent a lot of time studying functional medicine summits and other information that brought me to try new supplements that have a made a tremendous difference to my body's ability to detox, allowing me to endure exposure to the pollutants and chemicals that I can't avoid and feel much healthier than I did previously.

I feel I have made a major breakthrough with taking these supplements and my health is finally recovering to a level where I am a lot more functional and able to be more physically active during the day and take care of my basic needs like cooking and laundry properly.

However, I still don't have any stable income and continue to depend on donations alone to survive. Living outdoors and off-grid like I did before I had no bills to pay, even though I suffered a lot of cold and discomfort which brought my health down. Now being warm and dry during the Winter in this house has allowed me much improvement, but now I need to pay 230€ for rent, 150€ for electricity, 65€ for gas and 5€ for water - a total of 450€ a month - before I buy any food or supplements to sustain me.

I'm still fighting to get my illness and disability recognized by the government and last week I visited yet another doctor for this purpose. She said she will try to gather a medical team to study this and work with me. I hope I get somewhere this time.

But she told me it will be very hard for the Government in my country to approve my disability in order for me to receive any support for it because they are refusing many many people, even those with cancer. Even if they did grant me disability status I would receive only about 280€/month for disability benefits plus 180€/month for other benefits called RSI. So, the maximum amount of help I could ever get from the Government is 460€/month, which is only enough to pay for the house and bills. How I am supposed to pay for my food?

So even if I did get help from the government I still need more help in order to continue surviving until I am well enough to work. I need your help.

If I can't pay my rent, I will soon be homeless again, and this time I have no place to go back to because the outdoor places I used to live in where burned to the ground in the October fires.

But there is good news! I fell well enough now to try to see my daughter in person again. I hope that I won't react to the mycotoxins on her clothes and her father's clothes as badly as I did in the past and I will be able to have a real-life relationship with my baby again.

I have been doing regular videocalls with my Sílvia since she was old enough to engage with it and re-establishing my connection with her. It makes me so happy to imagine finally being able to hold her again...

I will try it next week. My heart is full of hope that I won't have convulsions or paralysis like I was having before and I will just be able to enjoy seeing my daughter and nurturing her. 

Please help me if you can. I want to continue on this journey to heal my body and mother my little Sílvia the way I was always meant to, the way that my heart yearns for.

And I don't want to be homeless again.

Posted on October 29, 2017

Posted on October 29, 2017

Dear friends, the past 15th of October was a catastrophic day in Portugal.

Unusual weather conditions, with high heat, low humidity and cyclonic winds and possibly criminal action caused the emergence of forest fires all across the interior and North of the country which spread with unprecedented speed, burning through forests and surrounding villages and towns in a matter of minutes.

There were not enough firemen and other help for all the places that were burning and many villagers were left to fend for themselves.

This is what happened in the village where I was living. In the night of the 15th first came the smoke, then the electricity went out, then a couple of hours later the mobile phone network signal disappeared and I was left with no communication, alone in the middle of the night, in the campground where I was living.

After a couple hours, I could finally see the fire advancing in our direction. It was a surreal sight, the mountains were burning all around me, in a deathly half-circle. I had never seen anything like it. I was mesmerized. It was still many kilometres away, but the size of the flames was daunting and the speed at which it was coming was terrifying.

I spent the night awake watching the fire advance, hoping that someone would remember to come and get me when it was time to run. Finally, I was too exhausted to stay awake anymore and I fell asleep, thinking I would sleep for a couple of hours and wake up again to continue watching the fire. I set up an alarm on my phone. But I didn't wake up when it rang.

I woke up suddenly in the morning with my friend Susana calling me, telling me the fire was very near and I had to come with her immediately. I only had enough time to get my clothes and my computer and go with her. She drove me to the village where she lives, where the fire had come just the week before and burnt the forest all around. Fortunately, no houses were lost. So it was as safe as we could get, not much left to burn there.

Fires blazed in many different villages at the same time. It was coming from all sides and people barely had time to escape and find a safe place. Many houses were lost. 44 people died in the fires.

92% of the forest in the municipality where we live burnt. The future of this region and of thousands of people is unknown.

My daughter's father was able to run for safety in time. His house didn't burn, though others in the same valley did. Several of his neighbours lost everything they had.

For several days we didn't have any phone signal and I did not know where my daughter and her father were. It was a great relief when someone told me they had seen them when they ran and they were safe and also a few days later when I finally got a text message from my ex-partner.

Now there is a very low mobile phone signal and no landline in the village where I am staying. My internet access uses the mobile network, so at the moment my internet connection is so slow that I haven't been able to do much on-line. Even opening my e-mail is an ordeal most of the time. That's why it took me so long to make this update.

My heart goes out to all those who lost their loved ones, their houses or their livelihood to the fires. May we pray for a path forwards and strength in our hearts to face the times ahead.

As for myself, I have to find a new place to live now, I can't go back to the campground where I was staying, which burnt quickly after I left. I already had very few possessions due to financial difficulties and now I have lost some of them in this fire. I need to buy new things in order to survive the winter cold.

I try to focus on the fact that I survived, my baby survived, my friends are still alive and somehow I will find a way to survive another harsh winter in the mountains and continue healing from toxic mold poisoning so that one day I might have a full and vibrant life again and raise my daughter again.

Posted on September 13, 2017

Posted on September 13, 2017

I have finally been able to move to the new place!

I had the kind help of several people for the moving process and organizing and cleaning my things. The local Church lent me a fridge and other people gave me some metal and glass furniture - a little cabinet, a small table, a metal bowl. I have also been given an electric oven.
Thank you so much for all those who helped!

During the moving process, I was exposed to toxins and chemicals that caused me convulsions and I am still recovering, feeling exhausted and very sleepy.

On the 28th of July I contacted the Portuguese Association "Raríssimas", which deals with rare illnesses, asking for their support in getting help from the government or other institutions. On the 2nd of August, I got an e-mail back saying they were analysing my situation. I haven't had any further communication. 

So, as of yet, I still have no monetary support from any institution - I continue to be dependent on your donations just to be able to buy food. I have got money for about one more month.

I feel hopeful that the changes happening in my life will facilitate my physical healing and the new people I am meeting will help me find a more sustainable situation for my future. I look forwards to life unfolding :)

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