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Mast Cell 360 Hugs with Our Words Project for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

When I was really sick with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance, I felt alone much of the time.

This was when I started a spiritual practice daily to try to send people “hugs with my eyes”.

I make eye contact and say something pleasant to the people I see throughout my day – the mail carrier, the cashier, people out walking, etc.

My intent is to send compassion and create a brief moment of connection. And maybe brighten someone’s day. I really find this practice nourishing for my soul as well.

It helped me get through those difficult days to show someone some kindness. And I continue this practice today.

But I’ve noticed it’s been much harder this year. Neighbors don’t stop to say hi as much. Delivery people don’t make as much eye contact.

I had a package delivery a couple days ago. I was outside. And the delivery guy walked up my driveway. So, I looked at him and said hi. I was working on my spiritual practice of sending a hug with my eyes.

He stretched his arm out to hand me a small but heavy box. He awkwardly handed it to me while trying to stay as far away as possible.

I know he was doing his best amidst everything we’re dealing with this year.

But because of the awkward reach, I almost dropped the box. I’m still not sure if he was protecting me or was worried for himself – probably both.

It felt kind of empty, though. And a little sad. It wasn’t really a “hug with my eyes” kind of exchange.

It got me thinking, too, about just how it feels in many ways, we’re more disconnected than ever this year.

This got me thinking about you, dealing with your Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance. And on top of it, during THIS crazy, weird year.

So, I thought, how can I help foster more love and connection in this strange, odd year where people feel so disconnected?

I had an idea that we can involve our whole community.

Because our community is more powerful than me alone!

How can we all help brighten the days of others with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance?

We can’t really send hugs with our eyes. But what if we sent hugs with our words?

Here’s how it works…

The Mast Cell 360 Hugs with Our Words Project

Just go down to the comment section below and post something positive for someone dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance

Let’s each post 1 encouraging comment for people in our Mast Cell 360 community suffering with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance who need a pick-me-up.

Here are some ideas:

To you with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance – I’m sending you a big hug today!

To everyone having a hard day today – I’m holding you in my thoughts and heart.

When you read this, know that I’m sending you lots of compassion today!

You can post anything positive you want!

Let’s get as many loving messages up there as we can! I can’t wait to read what you post! You can read mine below!

Thank you so much for being
a light in the world!

Big hugs and lots of love,


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  1. Hi there, you with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, I wanted to tell you that you aren’t alone! And send you a big hug today. Keep remembering that your answers are out there. You can do this! 💗💗💗

    1. Janet Antonini

      Step by step, little by little. We are all in this together, friends, family, loved ones and MCAS/Histamine Intolerant friends! Share a virtual hug of warmth and good cheer, 2021 is near!

    2. Leslie

      This is a journey to a better life. Small simple steps, with gratitude, DO make big changes, one day at a time. I have lyme, mold, anxiety tinnitus, and stress from dramatic life changes being a Mom, Wife, parent to an autistic child, executive, etc. Conventional docs patted me on the head. You are not alone. Love yourself. Follow your inner voice. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you.
      Don’t make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Simply do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. You can and will be in a better place. Many Xoxo’s.

  2. Joyce

    May God keep you in His prayers. You can beat this and I give you a big hug!

  3. Kathy Hunter

    To all with histamine intolerance and MCAS, I feel a sense of community, hope and have experienced success through this site. I have hope that all of us can heal and live life to the fullest!

  4. Annie MacDonald

    To all of you suffering during the holidays, hang in there, it will get better. Sending you all my positive thoughts, love and hugs!

  5. Barbara Herbst

    Hugs to you 🤗. Hope 2021 is a better year.

  6. linda blatt

    Hi beautiful people, I want you to know that even though we are separated right now by many factors , we ARE all in this together! Let’s keep the faith that we will all heal and that in doing so we can help others in future to do the same. Sending huge hugs out to you all from Australia. You are not alone. I see you, I hear you, and I care. 💖🤗

  7. Jody Scotchmer

    To the kindest doctor with the biggest heart:
    This post was so needed and made me tear up. Thank you. We’re under quarantine as our son came home from university and tested positive for CoVID, so Christmas is a write-off. C’est la vie! Here is a quote that I love from Pema Chödrön — “You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” Best holiday wishes to the whole MCAS community. Hang in there.

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Jody,
      Wishing your son a speedy recovery!

  8. Patty Hinckley-Kilmain

    Please be easy on yourself. You’re doing the best you can.

  9. Fran Groves

    I’ve looked for all the positives this strange year – there are many and I thank Beth in particular for pointing me in so many right directions (her webinars in particular and Gupta program being just a couple). Gratitude is a big hug in a thought. I send this to all who are struggling or searching. We can definitely do this.

  10. Karen

    Sending hugs and hope to all today’! You are loved!❤️

  11. Fran

    Just a little PS…. I wrote this for my Xmas cards this year having re-engaged with joy in living in Nature….

    This year there were bugs back on our windscreens, the sun shone for days on delicious days, we all found ourselves having a re-think and my beloved curlews were back in seemingly unprecedented numbers. Their explosive, thrilling cries filling the skies once more.. pockets of hope in an otherwise weird year. All good wishes for the coming year

    There’s a curlew out there for everyone. Just go looking.😍🥰🤗 xx

  12. Olivia

    Sending my love to everyone with MCAS. I know it can be really hard but I also know we can do really hard things and come out stronger than before. Happy Holidays to you all ❤️🎄

  13. Sherry

    “My flesh and my heart faileth: but GOD is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Ps. 73:26

    “…and in the NIGHT his SONG shall be with me.” Ps. 42:8

    Sending a “hug-song” and a bit of nature to each of you today that are struggling also!


    God is my “treasure”, and if you’d like Him to be your “treasure” also, message me. 🙂 God bless each of you during this difficult time!


  14. Amy

    Hi everyone with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome!
    I am sending you light. Hang in there!

  15. Annette Werner

    You are a beautiful radiant soul full of so much love and light. The Universe always has your back and you are always loved and supported xoxo

  16. Marsha

    Sending hugs to everyone out there. Hope you have a better day than yesterday.

  17. Crystal Masse

    With limited opportunity for a definitive diagnosis or conventionally sanctioned treatment, I’ve been validated, educated, and empowered by the heartfelt and passionate intensity of the MCAS community.
    For this I give thanks and appreciation. In this most precious season, may we enjoy warm blessings and continued strength. 💗

  18. Heidi Marquardt

    To everyone out there who is suffering with MCAS, histamine intolerance, or really any health issues that keep you from living your best life… PLEASE remember that healing is possible! YOU CAN DO THIS! It just takes one little step each day… and some days seem like you are moving backwards not fowards, but that’s okay! It truly doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as you KEEP GOING. Never give up, never settle. In the darkest days remember that “this too shall pass” and tomorrow WILL be better. I’m not there yet, I’m not yet living my “best life”… but I’m getting closer and that gives me the strength and courage to keep going. So during this holiday season, I wish you lots of strength, courage, and above all else peace. <3

  19. Marlee

    Hi all,
    Life is hard. Be kind to yourself and others.
    We will get through this and we will have learned something about ourselves and others in the process. That’s valuable.

  20. Tamra Gerard

    Thank you for your insight. I just figured this out on my own with out my Dr.s help. I follow you and am thankful. Happy Holidays.

  21. Sandra Reed

    To all suffering with MCAS I am sending a big hug and hopes for a wonderful healing New Year ahead. ❤️⭐️❤️⭐️

  22. Denise

    My thoughts are with all of you at this crazy, busy time of year. Acknowledge how we feel and PROCEED with each day. Tomorrow could be the best day in your life!

  23. Magaly

    Beth, you are the sweetest! Here it goes:
    Sending all the MCAS community a big hug. You are strong, you are resilient, you are worthy, you can do this, you are surrounded by a community that cares about you, I care about YOU! All the best in this holiday season. Love, Magaly 🙂

  24. Debbie

    Thank you so much Beth for your kind and compassionate heart. Hugs back to you, to your staff, and to all my fellow MCAS comrades. May we find joy and peace in the midst of our challenges!

  25. Cindy Haigh

    Warm Hugs and Agape to all. Hang in there on the challenging days. Faith. We do get better.

  26. Mary

    Pain can lead to bitterness or compassion and empathy….how beautiful that this group has chosen the latter! When health returns, this gift remains, to be shared with others to help them in their journey.

  27. Kelly

    Keep trying and working to heal. Love yourself. Your answer is out there. You are AWESOME!

  28. Anita

    This is a great time of year for encouragement because there are reminders everywhere that Emmanuel, God With Us is here. The first thing the Angel’s said when announcing His birth was, “Fear not!” And our symptoms can be really, really frightening. And we can feel so alone. In all of my terrifying and baffling experiences with MCAS this year I have heard Him say again, “Fear not, I am with you.” So I share with you also the greatest gift, and the one that has been so comforting to me this year, Emmanuel is with you and He has come to bring you peace.

  29. Kay Belangia

    I hope all of your find peace and solutions to help all your Mast Cell/Histamine Intolerance symptoms. A big shout out to Beth for the class on supplements. I ordered the DAO and my symptoms improved tremendously! Thanks so much!!! Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy 2021!

    1. Susan Leh

      Hi Heidi. Your message spoke to me. I am having a setback and am really discouraged. Insomnia is my biggest problem and makes me feel so horrible. I feel like giving up but I am trying to take one tiny step at a time. Hope you are doing better. Sue

      1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

        Thanks for sharing, Susan. Just want to encourage you to keep going and wish you all the best!

  30. Beth Barber

    Sending everyone on this post very warm holiday wishes for a healthier and happier new year 🙏. Keep moving forward, one day at a time ❤️ We got this !

  31. Mary Jane Armstrong

    Best Wishes! I hope everyone is making progress. Thanks for letting me join this group. Blog and facebook lives are amazing. Happy Holidays!

  32. Emil Paddison

    I know it’s hard to live like this. The reality of that suffering is so hard. And there is so much still to celebrate: the little victories, the good days or hours, the connections and love in the air (even if not in person). Keep going! You are absolutely worth it and your body does want to heal. With love.

  33. Anamaris

    Hello, you with MCAS, I sent you all my love and compassion! We will get well!!!
    God bless all of us!

  34. Tina Joy

    Hi there everyone with mast cell..

    Please remember to stay positive and know there is some great support and information out there for you! I also wanted to send this as a shout out of appreciation to those professionals like Dr Beth who work diligently everyday to help everyone going through this! The support forums on Social media are also a great way to receive information and support. These resources really help us to understand what is going on with our specific situation and figure out how to balance the body and get stronger. Sending all of us hugs and positive energy now!
    You are not alone!

  35. Christina

    Treasure yourself. You have a resiliant and beautiful soul, each day you keep moving forward.
    Remember every morning can bring joys despite the difficulties. Choose to find them. 🙂

  36. Susan

    Sending you all love, love, love. We can get through this together. My hand is in yours, my heart is holding you. You are beautiful.

  37. Joanie

    Hi to MCAS Warriors! So many of our days can be harder than we ever expected, but always remember You are strong even when you think you’re not! and life is more beautiful with you in it!

  38. Grey

    Remember that you have made it through 100% of your worst days <3

  39. Cheryl Ruzzo

    Hello to all of my fellow friends. This is a challenging time when we already feel isolated so here is some warm wishes to you for peace and endurance to help you know we are not alone, we have one another to let us know we are strong and worth every ounce of time and energy we dedicate to doing whatever we need for our health, emotionally and physically. We got this fellow warriors.

  40. Aly

    Sending big hugs and healthy, healing vibes to all my fellow MCAS and histamine intolerant friends. Stay focused on keeping a safe, calm healing environment for yourself through this busy season and into the new year—it’s the most important gift!

    1. Levente-Károly Görög

      That’s a relevant advice to me personally and it was very challenging to do so. But the waves are calming down again.

  41. Sheilah

    Sending extra merry hugs and lots of good wishes for a happier holiday ❤️

  42. Lori Sloper

    I’m sending love, hugs and positive energy to everyone here for a very happy new year filled with health and prosperity! We are blessed with all the things that we can do and eat. Keep your faith that things will get better!

  43. Susan WINSTANLEY

    Things will get better…keep the faith and share the ❤️

  44. Carrie

    I have a very inspirational soap dish in the bathroom that says, “One day you will look back on days like this and be glad you didn’t give up.” Every night when I wash my face, I read that soap dish and I am reminded that tomorrow is another day closer to healing. Don’t give up dear friends. You are so loved!

  45. Michelle L

    Sending peace, love and healing vibes to all my fellow friends with MCAS and histamine intolerance.

    Know that life is FOR you. The Universe is conspiring for you. All benevolent energies and forces are for you and with you.
    You will be delivered exactly where you need to be to live your best life and fulfill your mission here on this Earthly plane for the highest good of yourself and for others.

    We are all amazing, beautiful beings of light and love 💗 Blessings and joy this holiday season!

  46. Ann Dickheiser

    May you all have healing and peace this holiday season and beyond.

  47. Michelle L

    Sending peace, love and healing vibes to all my fellow friends with MCAS and histamine intolerance.

    Know that life is FOR you. The Universe is conspiring for you. All benevolent energies and forces are for you and with you.
    You will be delivered exactly where you need to be to live your best life and fulfill your mission here on this Earthly plane for the highest good of yourself and others.

    We are all amazing, beautiful beings of light and love 💗 Blessings and joy this holiday season!

  48. Susan F

    Sending love, light and word hugs from a systemic mastocytosis compatriot.
    Remember – knowledge is power, and everyday you can take what you’ve learned so far to work with your mast cells in the best way available to you now. Stay well and be your healthy, wonderful, wise self.

  49. teresa

    Hi! I’m sending you all love and light and peace and joy. I’m just hoping that you find a way to laugh. To really laugh really hard well not too hard LOL it might bother some people. But to find some joy, some lightheartedness, some laughter. That’s my prayer for everybody. I love you all and I’m sending you love. Thanks Beth for suggesting this.

    1. Jaime

      If, like me, you live alone managing pain and fatigue by yourself, I am sending you a gentle, comforting hug:) Please know you are not alone. It can be challenging, but it will be so worth it once you get to the other side! So, keep up the journey and you’ll make it! The loving force of the Universe conspires to help you succeed. Even if you feel sometimes that you aren’t getting anywhere, know that you are. Every step of the journey is the journey. Blessings of strength, peace, joy and comfort to all! XO

  50. Candy Brooks

    Hi want to send out love and hugs to everyone today and hope that are having a good day..health and happiness to you always..share the love

  51. Anna

    This is not your final form.
    You are not alone in this.

  52. Ann

    to you, who like me, are awake during the long dark hours, know that you are not alone. I am sending you lots of love and hugs and know that we can beat this wakefulness in time, together,

  53. Olya

    wishing everyone deep sleep, fantastic digestion, perfect health and love love love

  54. Susan

    Sending lots of love and strength to you all. You are strong enough to overcome the health challenges you face. Keep moving forward one step at a time. Life is a journey. Your health challenges are on your way, not in your way.


    Sending lots of love and strength to everyone. You are strong enough to overcome the health challenges you face. Keep moving forward one step at a time. Life is a journey. Your health challenges are on your way, not in your way.

  56. Louise

    When you’re frustrated and it feels like you’ve taken a step backwards, remember that we are always moving towards knowledge, light and health.

  57. Dalmara Bayne

    The following poem was my Christmas gift accompanied by seeds, sorry I can only send etheric ones here, but I trust you will find your own:
    Release these seeds
    With intent
    For what you want or need
    Prayers sent

    Upon the wings of Love
    Always find a way to sprout
    Blessed by those above
    Never doubt

    Even when we cannot see
    All words take root with time
    What you wish is what will be
    By Nature’s Divine Design

    Blessed Be, Dalmara

  58. Kelly

    What a marvelous way to connect to a community of mast cell warriors. Thank you to Beth and her team for being our fearless leader.

  59. Tim McLauchlin

    May God have mercy on each of you, and bless you with good health in this coming New Year.

  60. Bobby

    This may be my first ever comment anywhere. Thanks so much to Beth and the Mastcell360 team for your generosity in sharing about healing with MCAS. I have seen more improvement in my health in the last 4 months than in the previous 35 years and am grateful beyond words.

    May God give you grace, love and healing in the new year in your journey in restoring your health and life!

  61. Lynda

    Stay focused on your personal journey; knowledge is powerful in your quest for better health! Validate your mind with professionals who are accredited! Life changing! I am thankful for all those who have a part in my health!

  62. Dina

    Sending LOVE, HUGS and PEACE to you as you start a NEW YEAR!
    And may GOD BLESS each and everyone who is dealing with health issues; giving us HOPE and STRENGTH to continue our journeys!

  63. Syd

    Here’s wishing a peaceful, healthier and healthier, community-supported 2021 to us all. I’m so grateful for the folks at Mast Cell 360 and for this community.

    Everybody who reads this, give yourself a big, heartfelt hug from me! (And if you physically can, really do it. It feels great!)


  64. Frances Weller

    Wishes for a New Year filled with hope and love for each one of you. Nothing is impossible and there is hope and healing even in the darkest moments. Even if you feel you are taking baby steps, you are still moving forward and you will get there.
    Love and blessings.

  65. Kandy Bernal

    Sending everyone lots of love and good energy. May 2021 bring healing and happiness. Happy New Year!

  66. Susan

    Wishing all of you a most amazing 2021, full of joy, peace, and wonderful adventures! May we get stronger and healthier!! Thank you, Beth, for providing this support forum. And thank you for your passion to help us heal and be creative in our mast cell life. Your generosity in sharing your knowledge and wisdom has helped me recover one tiny step at a time. And much gratitude to my fellow mast cellers for their guidance.

    We are a village :). A fierce, mighty, resilient village!

  67. Levente-Károly Görög

    I haven’t felt that I belonged to any community for the last good 3 years. I’ve been struggling mostly alone with my traumas and the accompanying MCAS. During these times it became difficult for me to trust people and accept help from “strangers”. But, in the end, I became aware of the healing power of human connection. It’s hard to me, with so much pain in my heart, to show up without bitterness and say, “I want to connect with you. Today I am making some effort to giving bits of my attention to you. I allow myself for a moment to put aside my own burdens and let in what you wrote. I wish that you could find in yourself whatever moves you, big or small, painful or joyful, sad or nostalgic but something you can handle right now. Connect with that within yourself and I trust that it will bring into motion something in you, even if painful, that you’ll feel more alive. And if you don’t have space for that right now, hang on till you will.

  68. Steve

    Thank-you for having a place where we can relate. I’m a yogi and have learned to be content within my own self-care. I don’t expect others to understand. Even those that are caring people can’t know what the suffering can be like. It’s so good to share and be inspired by others that know what it’s like and are moving through their healing journey. It took a long time for me to find out what was really causing me so many issues. My triggers and their symptoms could be very acute and severe for me. It can be scary to not know what the problem is or how long it can go on.

    I looked for all the beautiful and life giving things around me. Over years I found abundant life is all around me. Beautiful things just in the simple creation of my backyard. Tasting wonderful food. Even in our society and a lot of people that are reaching out for the best they know in life every day. It’s all around us. i just had to learn to look for it.

    Much gratitude ..

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Thank you so much, Steve, for sharing with us!

  69. Sara Goodman

    May all of us experience a soft open heart expanding with warmth, compassion, acceptance and understanding about the difficulties we all face. May we all have the presence of mind/body/spirit to notice, appreciate and fully receive all the natural beauty, support, healing and love that surrounds us!

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Beautiful sentiment, Sara. Thank you so much for sharing.

  70. Teresa Anthony

    I’m so thankful to have found you, Dr. O’Hara and MastCell360.com. I have been misdiagnosed and misunderstood for 20 years. My current functional medicine practitioner helped me identify the histamine issue but is still pretty clueless about mast cells. I have hope for the first time in a long time that there is something that can help me! Thanks so much for all your research and for helping the rest of us that have lacked answers for so long. Blessings to you!

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Thank you so much for sharing, Teresa! Wishing you all the best!

  71. Karen

    This is an especially lonely holiday for me this year. Sigh.

    I appreciate Beth and the MC360 team.

    Wishing everyone a day filled with joy and love.

  72. Lucy

    Keep the faith. Every day is an act of courage. Thank you Beth for being such a leader and authority on MCAS and mold. Your guidance and care is a miracle for us all. I have experienced progress very slowly but very steadily. I have gone from eating about ten foods to eating most items – as the mold has decreased. I have been ill for seven years. Thank you Mast Cell 365. Bless you all.

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Thank you so much for sharing, Lucy! I’m so happy to hear of your progress!

  73. bohoflower

    I hear you. It took me 10 months (30 years plus 10 months) and I didn’t know what I was going to do. If it wasn’t for people like Beth and all of you on the FB boards, I would not have made it to NY to see Dr. Afrin for my diagnosis. It’s still a slow go, but I have good days too.

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Thank you for sharing that! Community was so important to Beth when she was very ill, too. I’m glad you are making progress!

  74. bohoflower

    To the just diagnosed or undiagnosed, it will get better. Big hugs. My symptoms developed the same month our girls were sent home from school 3/2020. Imagine a disease that resembles COVID. Symptoms came hard and fast, triggered by stresses at my daughter’s school (who also has MCAS). At the time, there were 2-3 doctors diagnosing in my state, and the first appointment was 10 months away.

    If it weren’t for the FB community and Beth, I don’t know what I would have done. By the time I got a diagnosis (consensus 2, but now consensus 1), I was managing.

    I’ve been on strong opiods for 15 years for the pain from this condition. As I adjusted my diet and started on the right supplements and meds, the pain started to fall away (true story!). I am 9 days detox from all opioids. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. But….. I was allergic to them! I spent the first 3 days in the hospital on a saline/salt drip (thank GOD my husband called 911).
    I’m rambling…. what I want to say is if I can do what I’ve done, YOU CAN TOO. When all hope seems lost, I use mindfulness that I learned with my daughter during DBT (bi-polar).
    It’s weird how friends disappear, but you will find new ones. Ones that know you and appreciate you now. And if you don’t, find me. And again, thank you Beth. My COVID “to-go” bag consisted of every thing you wrote in the first article. And I felt safe because of it. Love all.

  75. bohoflower

    Beautiful. Now I’m crying, LOL, and stress is my biggest trigger 🙂

    1. Suz, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Awww thanks for reaching out. I hope you found something here that gave you a needed boost! Wishing you all the best!

  76. DB

    Big problems….simple solutions! That has been my repeated lesson, again and again, on my health journey with lyme and mast cell activation syndrome related to it. If I could beat major things before, with simple things, then I can beat this too! And so can we all! Sometimes when it felt as if the dark would swallow me up and there was no hope for my health progress, that is exactly when the hope came, within a matter of days! This happened several times in my health journey! There is always hope, and again, wherever the problems may be big, the solution is usually simple! All the best and much luck and blessing on the journey! And thank you Beth for your kindness and sharing the light with us all! Good soul, much appreciation! 🙂

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Thank you for sharing this reminder about hope!

  77. Sarah

    At the age of 34 I took an overdose, I didnt want to wake up, I didnt know I had MCAS, fibromyalgia, chronic lyme. I am now in less pain through supplementation l, I have joined a community choir, mindfulness group and I now jive my little legs off whener I can life gets better or at least takes a different tack. Anyone struggling, please accept a hug from me and read Spike Milligans poem Smile. Love to you all. Xx

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for sharing some of your story! We are glad you are here today! – Jamie, MC360

  78. Katharina

    I would like to share the following saying which I stumbled on this week: “I have no obligation to make sense to you”. If you are having a hard time explaining your symptoms, sensations, feelings, therapies etc. to someone who does not have MCAS and they think you’re weird or are doing weird stuff to get your health back, just think of this sentence. It has already helped me a lot. Sending you all many hugs!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Katharina, Thank you so much for sharing this important reminder with our community!

  79. mike bender

    Never forget that you are loved. No matter what you feel like in a give moment, you are loved.

  80. Sharon Robertson

    Preparing for holidays for folks like us – guests coming or traveling or both! — is taxing. It is hard. Give yourself some extra space. You can do this! Take one little step at a time. Just one foot in front of the other. Remember you are no alone and we have each others’ backs.

  81. Criss Grundon

    Be kind to yourself even if others (including family) may not be. We with MCAS/HI are all “family” and we all understand each other. Remember that you are not alone in this. Wishing you a calm and soothing holiday season while you prioritize your health needs over other’s preferences and judgments. I’m doing the same. Big hugs!! 😉

  82. Kara

    For anyone who is suffering alone, I see you and I’m sending hugs. ❤️❤️❤️

  83. Stephanie

    Just like everything in life goes back up after going down (stocks, temperatures, you name it), if you are experiencing a low, things will be getting better. Trusting that when everything seemed more than hopeless has helped me through a lot and looking back on it, it came true every time. I also noticed that trying to build better sleep, walking, getting day light, eating things that our grandparents would recognize and doing any kind of relaxation can help take the edge off and help support a very slow and steady improvement over the years. Please know that you are not alone and that you are a darned superhero for doing what you do every day.

  84. Julia

    Just a warm and loving hug to all who have to deal with MCAS everyday <3 It might be slow, but I firmly believe that we will all get better over time. I wish you a joyous holiday season and a great start in 2023!

  85. sunshinesoulsteve

    I am here to give a big hug. If you are feeling alone, come here for support because you are not alone. And answers are now coming to us all.

    Give yourself time and be kind to yourself.

  86. Mae

    Fellow Sojourner!
    Remember that your greatest contribution is not what you do for others, but who you are – mind, body, and spirit. Take it easy on yourself. We all emit a frequency. High frequency living comes when we let go of the pain of the past, forgive, and love ourselves, God, and others. This frequency is our contribution. One day at a time, elevate and heal yourself by letting go of all that impedes you. Let nothing steal your calm or rob your joy. You are greater than what ails you. You are loved by the Creator! You are infinitely valuable. Be at peace with yourself today. HUGS!!!

  87. Elaine

    A big HUGE hug to all us MCAS warriors. Keep on keeping on one day at a time! We are survivors and we have each other to get through this battle called life. Better times are ahead. Never give up hope! Happy Holidays you wonderful people! Kisses 💕

  88. Theresa

    I am just starting my journey of healing from mold toxicity and mast cell activation. Still trying to find my way to a knowledgeable practice, and out of my home awaiting remediation which is very stressful. Can only eat about 10 foods now so holidays are very hard. But reading hugs from all you wonderful people is encouraging so I hope to get better someday. Big thank you to the mast cell community!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Theresa! Welcome to the community! Keep taking it one day at a time.

  89. Natalie

    I am so very grateful to have found Dr. Beth and this community. Suffering from a myriad of health issues caused by a rather severe aspergillus gliotoxin toxicity, but hopefully I am into the thick of it and detoxing as I should. If anyone out there is just finding out they have mold issues or other health issues, please know that there is help and there is hope! I went 17 years undiagnosed before finding a functional doctor who would listen and dig deep. If you are here listening to great information from those who truly know like Dr. Beth, then that is a huge start! Keep the faith! Give yourself grace for each new day of your journey.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360 Team

      Hi Natalie, Thanks so much for sharing your kind words and hope. While Beth does have a doctorate in naturopathy she is not a licensed medical provider and prefers that you just call her Beth.

  90. Aquitaine

    Always better to shine a light in darkness than to curse the shadows…
    eventually this too shall pass……hugs…..

  91. Teresa Berger

    A wish for good health and a big hug for everyone dealing with MCAS. Please remember to take time to enjoy the little things in life. One day at a time, and everything will work out! Sending my best wishes to you and your families!

  92. Lynn Julian

    Wishing you all better health and unexpected blessings! May all your well wishes come back to you… 🙏🏼

  93. Suzanne Pucciarella

    I want all of you to know you are NOT your illness! You are important in our world, and it’s important to just live in each moment noticing any positive little thing, any glimmer in each day you can find. That positive energy gives back to every body system. Yes feel your true feelings. Allow them in. Show them s seat at your table, but serve them with love! Remember to breathe and learn to put your hand on your beating heart to acknowledge its pace. It may be different, but it’s yours. Your calming force also works to help you heal. Slow your pace. Notice how it changes your energy. It can improve. You can cut the inflammation and the reactivity. MCAS for our family was a layer upon layer healing process. POTS too. I noticed looking back, family had this illness when I was a child. I saw it strike one of my children, but one thing I want you to know is it does not change your soul! She’s still her original resilient self with great light! It might shift what you think your purpose is, but think outside the box of your original dreams. Illness makes you shift; pivot but it can also show you a new path. Allow the rest, the pause, the changes in food, the people you spend time with, the products you use, all of it to shift. Consider this a pause, never a stop button. Allow the light of hope into your life. Find something new you are attracted to to show you happiness. There is purpose in the pivot. Discover a new lens on life! Your mindset will guide you to steps of healing, it’s part of the journey because you GET to wake up each morning and experience life your way. Never compare. You are amazing and please know, I believe in you! Sending you much self-care and self-discovery at this stage of your life. Each step of the way. Love yourself through it! You are so worthy! ❤️

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