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 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 :)

Posted on July 27, 2017

Posted on July 27, 2017

Good news!

With the help of kind people living near me, I have been able o find a place where I can camp until next Spring, so that I will have more time to find a long-term place to live.

I have also been offered a small metal shelter where I hope I can spend the Winter in an easier way than last year.

In this place, I will have access to grid electricity, so I won't need to buy a solar system yet - but I will have to pay the electricity bill instead.

However, I still have no money to buy the fridge that I need. Once I move I won't be able to keep meat to eat on a daily basis like I need to to keep me well enough to function - since this is the only protein source I can tolerate.

Also, I continue to need money to buy my food on an ongoing basis. Some people have been doing political action to try to get MCS recognised in Portugal, so that I might (finally!) receive government help, but there are still no practical results yet.

Right now I have only enough money to buy food for about 1 month more and I can't afford to buy the few extra things I will need after moving to the new living place.

I reach out to you to help me with these things.

I am hopeful that this move will prove positive for my health and the reduction in environmental and emotional stressors will allow me to recover enough so that I'm not struggling so much on a daily basis just to perform the basic tasks of survival like I have been since last Winter.

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