, ,made sure I had everything I needed.”Eventually, Schou left the farm and traveledto safer areas in her RV.“I started living in national parks andstate parks. My husband would comeevery couple days to see me but of course, I couldn’t go to the storeby myself. It was tough,”Schou remembered.“Fortunately, I had abunch of books to readfrom the library so Ihad something to do.It’s tough living inthe remote area,”she continued.Schou’s no-madic quest forpeace had herleaving the RVbehind and moving to Europe. She spent time with peoplein Sweden who also suffered from electromagnetic hyper-sensitivity.Once Schou returned to the U.S. for good, after severalback and forth trips to Europe, she heard about Green Bank,when she was staying at a national park.“I was in a national park in South Carolina I think. Myson and I were trying to find a safe place,” Schou recalled.“When we found the park, I felt good, but we couldn’t stayovernight because they don’t allow that. I spoke to the parkranger and explained why I wanted to stay and he told beabout Green Bank being a quiet zone.”Because of the National Astronomy Radio Observatoryin Green Bank, the area is secure from the admittance of cell phone towers. The closest towers are in Marlinton andElkins.Although the observatory does save Schou from the celltowers, she still feelssomething comingfrom there.“When I driveby the observa-tory, ouch, ithurts. There’ssomething here and I wish I could find what it is to makeit a cleaner environment here,” Schou explained.Schou has approached the observatory and asked themwhat could be causing her reaction. She feels fine at certainlocations on the grounds, but something there still causesher pain. She just can’t determine what it is.“No, the observatory is not the safest, but why am I here?Because I believe it’s protecting me from cell towers andother things that could come in here,” Schou said.Another item that causes her to be anti-social is a com-mon item that most of us take for granted. Fluorescentlights.“The senior center has fluorescent lights, the communitycenter has fluorescent lights. It’s limiting what I can do,”Schou said, adding the library and her former church to thelist.“There was a music program at the community centerand I took some guests to seethem,” Schou remembered.“I had to leave and leave myguest to enjoy the musicwhile I went out to the car.“They wanted to go tobreakfast at the communitycenter and I had to sit out inthe car a long distanceaway,” she continued.Schou has learned how totime her visits to areas tok hrlf rMost times, though, there’s just no avoiding the lights.“I went to a food co-op meeting because that’s a way oordering gluten free food,” Schou shared. “Iwas in the back corner of the library and iwas getting toward the evening, so the lightwere on. I sat down and started gettingheadache, so I moved my chair away frothe light. That helped a little but, it wasn’good enough. I had to be away from it.“My head was hurting so much, I felt Iwalked like I was drunk,” she continued. “Iwish I had asked somebody to drive mhome because it hurt to think about drivingand hoping nothing would happen. I’d havto stop and think ‘now what do I do?’ That’sort of the reaction I get. It took two full days before I wastarting to actually think and do things. That was just frothe exposure to fluorescent lights.”Although her illness has severely altered her life, Schoudoesn’t wallow in self pity.“Someone commented, ‘why wasn’t I crying all the timand depressed.’ It’s because I know other people are livingin worse conditions,” Schou explained. “I was living at thatime, in the RV. Even though it was primitive, I had a mat-tress to sleep on.“Other people are sleeping under lean-tos or sleeping onwooden slats,” she continued. “Because of their chemicasensitivity, they can’t even use blankets, so they’re sleep-ing without blankets and it’s just really horrible.”Schou wants to use her expertise to spread knowledgon electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Although she has beensilenced before, Schou will continue her fight for aware-ness.“I’ve talked to scientists who were being hushed, theywere told not to do anymore research in this area or elsthey would shut the department down,” she said. “Theyknow that something needs to be found out, but if they con-tinue to work, they will lose their jobs.“What disturbs me, is that research is being done, in justhe setting where the data is easy to tweak, so therefore,there would be absolutely no effects,” she continued. “Theywould put people into a laboratory and expose them to fre-quencies and they wouldn’t react. Going to the laboratory,they could already be exposed and hurting, so they can‘tell the difference.”Schou does have a few suggestions for those who feethey may be suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitiv-ity.“A simple test is, move the clock radio away from th
No, the observatory isnot the safest, but why amI here? Because I believe itʼsprotecting me from cell towersand other things thatcould come in here.