"Life is much different now than it was for Leesa Robinson just five years ago.
Back then, Leesa would spend three to four days a week seeing patients at the Wholistic Pathways Family Center, east of Carthage. She helped operate the family dairy at her home north of Joplin, and enjoyed a lot of family time. These days, it's all about survival and advocating for those also living with environmental illness.
In finding information, help and hope, Leesa came across the Jennifer Parker Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of those suffering with environmental illness. Leesa said she found out she is not alone by any means.
According to the Jennifer Parker Foundation website: Environmental Illness is a chronic complex multi-organ illness, characterized by symptoms attributed to a single massive chemical exposure, or repeated low level exposure to toxic chemicals and other irritants in the environment, such as toxic mold. The overexposure leaves the body chemically and electrically sensitive to everyday chemicals that cause recurring symptoms from low level triggers. It can happen anywhere in your own home, workplace or school. It strikes without regard to age, race, gender, or economic background."