#RRBC #BlockParty, Why We Keep Her Alive…


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(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card (courtesy of Bruce A. Borders)

(1) 2 FREE books from the Kathryn C. Treat Treasure Chest

(1) Entry into the Kathryn C. Treat VIP Lounge (it’s very private, you know)

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WELCOME TO THIS VERY SPECIAL STOP ALONG THE BLOCK PARTY TOUR!

Well, we’re not really keeping her alive, but we are keeping her memory alive, and if you really think about it, you’ll come to realize that they are both the very same thing.

When I started RRBC, there were a handful of people that I wanted by my side as I took this journey…Kathryn C. Treat was one of those people. She served in the capacity of our first Membership Director but what she did, went far above and beyond the duties of that department.

Kathryn loved RRBC with a fierceness I’m not sure any of us could ever have. She and I often spoke over the phone and she would share with me that this club, RRBC, was a life-line for her. At a time when she could no longer work outside the home, this was her job that she came to every single day, up until the day she left us.  She loved and was truly dedicated to this club.

I remember, after Kathryn had been gone for several months, we received two membership applications from people who listed Kathryn as their referring source. I smiled and said to my board, “Kathryn is still recruiting for RRBC from heaven.” And, I truly believe that she is.

Many of you have noticed that there is a page on the site in her honor and that we have several programs, etc. named in her honor, as well. Kathryn deserves every accolade that we can give her, and that is why I will forever keep her, and her memory alive.

Kathryn passed away on 12/21/14 and so that is why we celebrate her on the 21st of each month here at RRBC. Please, if you haven’t already, pick up a copy of her book today! It’s a well-written and truly amazing read.

In Kathryn’s own words…below…(taken from her website)

 

About

After exposure to severe mold in the workplace, I found myself unable to continue the life I once led.  I was forced to quit work and give up many things that I cherished.  At the time I became ill, I was a 45-year-old mother of two.  The mold exposure sent me on a path of immune system dysfunction, severe depression and near financial ruin.  I struggled with the loss of identity, loss of my independence and severe depression.  In 2003 I began to write my book.  I

Me among the daffodils.

felt others needed to know how devastating mold can really be.  It has taken me nearly nine years to complete the book.  Allergic to Life:  My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope is now available through Amazon & Barnes and Noble.

It is my hope that my words will help others struggling with mold exposure or chemical sensitivity realize that they can still make a life for themselves, albeit a different life.  It is also my hope that family members, friends, and those in the medical field will come to understand what life is like after mold exposure.

Allergic To Life by Kathryn C. Treat

 August 22, 2013 is the day Kathryn published her first and only book.  Let’s celebrate her book’s 3rd anniversary in grand style!

ALLERGIC TO LIFE Book Trailer (A 4WillsPub production)

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74 responses

  1. Such a beautiful tribute, Nonnie. I never had the opportunity to meet Kathryn, but I’m so grateful for her spirit that continues to shine bright in RRBC. Thank you for carrying on her legacy with these beautiful tributes. I think as members we have the honour and privilege of paying it forward, in her memory.

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    1. So true, Natalie. Thanks!

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  2. What a lovely, touching tribute to someone I wish I could have known in real life. Thank you so much for sharing this and keeping her memory alive.

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  3. Whenever there is something here that discusses Kathryn you can just feel how much she meant to the people who knew and loved her and it’s wonderful how this club keeps her memory alive 🙂

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    1. Thanks, D. E…it’s the same that would be done for any of our members who had given so much to this club, the way Kathryn did. Our supportive members who truly love RRBC, no worries, as long as there is breath in my body, I’m keeping them, and their work… alive!

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  4. I never knew or heard of Kathryn until now. She sounds like an incredible woman. At least now, some of us that didn’t know her before, gets a chance to know her now. A wonderful tribute here. RIP, Kathryn!
    Cheers! S.J. Francis

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    1. Really, S. J.? How long have you been a member? We celebrate her on the 21st of each month, and other chances we get, as well. I’m glad you’re getting a “feel” of the legacy she left behind. It’s a huge one!

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      1. I just joined a couple of months ago. I’m still a newbie. I still haven’t met everyone else here. Cheers! S.J. Francis

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      2. Well, OK! And we’re glad to have you!

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  5. Beautiful way to remember her

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  6. What a wonderful tribute. I never knew mold could be that devastating. I am sure her story will help many who are going through something similar. What a beautiful and courageous woman.

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    1. I didn’t either, Tara, until Kathryn. Here’s a funny story about Kathryn: I’m prone to headaches and so when Kathryn got wind of my headache-mania, she started suggesting that I check EVERYTHING in my home. It got to the point one day when I was suffering again and Kathryn knew about it, she called me and before she could get it out, I said: “Oh, darnit, Kathryn, there’s nothing left here for me to check other than my husband. And he’s not here right now!” We laughed so hard at that!

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  7. This was such a beautiful tribute. It made me tear up.

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    1. Lori, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Kathryn and I get so sad. She made me these awesome things that hang over my desk, so, I have to think about her every day. Funny thing is, I don’t have to talk about her that much, but I still do…on a regular basis. I never knew that someone you’d never met before, could touch your life so deeply. Kathryn’s death taught me that it’s possible.

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  8. What a beautiful post, an inspirational to all. For those who suffer and for those who love those who suffer this is so touching and a great help to all. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Thanks for giving me some more insight into Kathryn’s life, it sounds like she was a wonderful person.

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  10. Reblogged this on mallie1025 and commented:
    Wonderful Tribute to a Wonde r full Woman.

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  11. I had just met Kathryn after joining RRBC. I left a comment on her ‘On the Shelf’ interview with Nonnie. I was attracted to her and her story because of the connection between mold infection and the lyme disease I have. I sensed we would be friends and was shocked when she died so suddenly. It left an impact upon me and it was months before I could bring myself to read her book. It bought a flood of tears as well as information about a wonderful person and a terrible disease. I still feel a deep sense of sorrow whenever I see her smiling face on her book cover. I ‘m so happy to see her memory kept alive in a place where she found pleasure and achievement. I Reblogged this on mallie1025.

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  12. I smiled when via Sonda this showed up in my reader today. The last few days I’ve spent re-organizing my blog. I came across things that had to do with Kathryn on my site and realized how deeply I miss her humor and love and kindness. Lovely post. ❤

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  13. excellent post… she sounds like she was an awesome person… when hit with something that attacks your body and immune system, the rest of the world may look at you and think… huh… you’re doing better… but the surface can only show so much… I know that I had to get over the fear of think that everyone would be looking at me (I have Multiple Sclerosis) and thinking, ‘she doesn’t look sick’… when I first got sick, I couldn’t walk through the grocery store… it was very hurtful when someone would ask (and yep, it happened more than once) what happened to me, as they looked me over for injury… I have been dealing with my disease for a little over a decade, and still I am shocked, hurt, and angry when something like that happens… though no longer embarrassed… a few months ago, some bitty accosted me as soon as I got out of my car (at the grocery store again… dang… that place draws out the mouthy and rude)… she demanded to know why I had parked in the handicap, and snarled that I better have a handicap sticker… I very politely (okay, I may have snarled as well) that I had MS, and asked if she wanted to see my latest MRI… the worst part about dealing with other peoples ignorance, is that a word or look can take a good day and throw it into the gutter… i’m glad that Kathryn had the chance to write her novel… the only way to lessen hurtful words and hateful glares (let’s be honest… there is no way to eradicate such things) is to educate the world on hidden sickness… happy wordage peeps

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  14. I wish I could known her
    I loved the book

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  15. SO MANY OF US WHO BECAME SUCH CLOSE MCS SISTERS TO KATHRYN— STILL HEAR FROM KATHRYN IN UNUSUAL WAYS TO THIS DAY—- SHE MUST BE VERY BUSY IN HEAVEN!!!!
    KATHRYN— I LOVE YA & MISS YA— & I FEEL SO BLESSED TO HAVE SHARED ALL WE HAVE TOGETHER!!!
    https://sondasmcschatter.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/rrbc-blockparty-why-we-keep-her-alive/

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  16. What a beautiful tribute. Posts like this make me even more proud to be associated with the Rave Reviews Book Club. My late husband always said that as long as there is one person alive who remembers you, you are never truly gone. Miss Kathryn will be around a long time. She left a big footprint!

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  17. Reblogged this on sondasmcschatter and commented:
    SO MANY OF US WHO BECAME SUCH CLOSE MCS SISTERS TO KATHRYN— STILL HEAR FROM KATHRYN IN UNUSUAL WAYS TO THIS DAY—- SHE MUST BE VERY BUSY IN HEAVEN!!!!
    KATHRYN— I LOVE YA & MISS YA— & I FEEL SO BLESSED TO HAVE SHARED ALL WE HAVE TOGETHER!!!

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  18. […]  “ALLERGIC TO LIFE”/In Honor of:  The Late Kathryn C. Treat […]

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  19. Keeping Katherine alive thru this and other efforts is a wonderful tribute to her memory. Thank you for sharing her with us who did not have a chance to know her personally. – Best to all – MikeL

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  20. She sounds like a wonderful lady. Someone I would like to have met. Her family must be so proud of her and I am sure she is still watching over them all.

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  21. I wish I’d been able to meet her because she seems like a lovely and amazing lady. Great job keeping her memory alive!

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  22. I joined RRBC after Kathryn passed away and only know of her from the wonderful things I hear from others. This is a touching post that pays tribute to her. The way she faced life is something we can all learn from. I had to smile about her still recruiting from Heaven 🙂
    Have a wonderful day, Nonnie. Kathryn is surely smiling, too!

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  23. I do not remember how Kathryn and I connected, but I do remember it was immediate chemistry between us. We never met in person. Talked on the telephone and through email. She invited me to join RRBC which was a wonderful gift. However, she gave me a second gift. One day I opened a small box in the mail from her. In it was a bracelet with a cross. She wrote, “When I saw this I knew you were the person to have it.”
    I west it almost everyday and share the story of Kathryn’s talent has an author, her gift as a writer, and her strength and courage during her long illness.
    Thank you for having this tribute to one very remarkable lady.

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  24. Nonnie, what a lovely tribute to a woman that sounds very deserving of your keeping her memory alive. So many special people in this world are never recognized for the good they do. Her book sounds fascinating. It is wonderful she could write it to alert others to this phenomenon

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  25. What a beautiful post; thanks so much for sharing! I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Kathryn, so I really appreciate the opportunity to learn a little more about such an inspiring soul! ~Stephanie

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  26. REST IN PEACE, MS. KATHRYN C. TREAT. #RRBC On Aug 21, 2016 1:05 AM, “RAVE REVIEWS BY NONNIE JULES” wrote:

    > reviewsbynonnie posted: ” There will be 3 winners at this stop: (1) $5 > Amazon Gift Card (1) 2 FREE books from the Kathryn C. Treat Treasure Chest > (1) Entry into the Kathryn C. Treat VIP Lounge (it’s very private, you > know) Leave your comments below for a chance at these pr” >

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  27. Thank you for telling new members like myself about Kathryn. She indeed sounds like an extraordinary person.

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  28. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Ahh! I do remember Kathryn. Right about the time I met you NJ, I discovered Kathryn’s book on twitter and immediately got in touch with her. I then ordered a paperback copy and got into it and couldn’t put it down. I was just amazed that she had the presence of mind to document all of it, especially because she had some really scary moments. I thought my condition was bad until I learned about her. Thank you NJ for reminding those of us who knew her, just how special she was and just how good we really have it.

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  29. Thank you for this wonderful post allowing those of us who had not met to feel like we now know her, at the least, the impact she has made on so many people.

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  30. Wonderful and thoughtful post. I never got to interact with Kathryn, but was around during that time. Very cool to include her in this big event.

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  31. Touching others lives and still inspiring them to greater heights, our Kathryn.

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  32. Patricia M Jackson | Reply

    Thank you for this loving tribute to Kathryn and for sharing this much about her life with us today. What a touching way to honor her memory.

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  33. As one who benefitted from Kathryn’s friendship, I can say keeping her memory alive is the best way to honor such a wonderful person. Kathryn always had the time to encourage and support other members. Her approach to life was, and still is an inspiration.

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  34. Beautiful post, Nonnie. I was new to RRBC in 2014 and was still feeling my way around the club. Sadly, I don’t remember ever having interacted with Kathryn, but I DO remember the impact that her death had on everyone in the club. That showed me how amazing of a woman that she was. When hundreds of people from all over the world genuinely grieve for someone they have only met virtually, that tells you that she was very special. It also shows how beautiful this club is because you all truly care for one another. Thank you for creating a special place for her on this site. 🙂

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  35. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, virtually or otherwise. )This is still my first year with RRBC.) But I feel like I know her now through your touching post. Thank you for introducing her to those of us who never had the chance to interact with her.

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  36. A wonderful tribute to an extraordinary person who shared lessons she learned this go round. RIP Kathryn Chastain Treat!

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  37. Soon after I joined RRBC, I exchanged emails with Kathryn, specifically because of her knowledge of chemical allergies. She was wonderful — very caring and supportive. Thank you, Nonnie, for keeping her work (and life) alive through this medium. Have a wonderful day — she would want that for you (for us!).

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  38. Good Morning Nonnie! This is a moving post! It captures Kathryn’s spirit and her will to live her best life. Thank you for keeping her alive and telling us exactly why all of RRBC is indebted to her .

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  39. I briefly ‘met. Katherine and experienced the full wattage of her support and goodwill when I was honoured with the Member of the Month hot seat in December 2014. Sadly, the only time I connected with her online was at the very RRBC Chtristmas Party the Katherine at which she began to feel unwell and had to leave early, only to be taken into hospital a few hours later after collapsing at home.

    As others who knew her better have said, she was an unfailingly kind and generous person and I wish I could have known her better – except I have since done that in reading her lasting legacy, Allergic to Life. This is a profound,but also uplifting memoir, and one that is well worth reading if you haven’t already been tempted. You’ll read about the good and thebad times she faced, and how she subsequently transcended those and chose to tread her own path back to happiness and to enjoy a new life in spite of the obstacles she still faced. It’s a marvellous book, about a remarkable person.

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  40. She certainly was a wonderful, special lady. Always pleasant to everyone, encouraging, and full of life despite the hardships she had endured. She will always be missed.

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  41. Reblogged this on marethmbotha and commented:
    I’m grateful that RRBC put Kathryn Chastain Tait’s story “Allergic to Life” on the blog tour today. I have a daughter who is extremely allergic and sometimes she, and us, win the battle and things ease off for a bit, but then it starts all over again. I’m getting her a copy of KATHRYN’s book today.🤓😔

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  42. Thanks for sharing this post with us today. When one is born, the slate is clean and depending on how one live one’s life, this slate can be filled with memorable and admirable actions, or vice verse, and it seems to me that this is what Kathryn Chastain Tait did – leave something very worthwhile behind. I hope to get to know her better through the pages of her book. She must’ve been a most amazing person!

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  43. I will always have fond memories of Kathryn. She was such a lovely, supportive lady. It was an honor to know her.

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  44. The memory of Kathryn will always remain fresh with me. She was a fighter! Never gave up until the end. Her book “Allergic to Life” is hair raising! I never read about anyone so stoically resistant to pain as she was. She will always be remembered. May her Soul continue to rest in peace.

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  45. Sadly, I did not know Kathryn but through RRBC her legacy lives on. Special people like Kathryn are too few and I’m inspired by the impression she has left behind. Principles like Pay-it-forward. Authors helping authors. Friends helping friends. RRBC thanks for treasuring Kathryn’s memory.

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  46. Kathryn’s book is almost as wonderful as she was. Taken too soon, as the good ones so often are, she leaves behind a legacy of survival, perseverance, in the story of what happened when one woman refused to give up.

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  47. I love that there is a book trailer. Very creative way to draw in readers

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  48. Thank you for sharing Kathryn with those of us who didn’t know her. It was a book I had planned to read, but more so now after reading this blog and seeing the trailer.

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  49. Living on in the memory of people, and being thought of with deep respect, admiration, and love, is what each and every one of us hopes for. Our legacy is the enrichment of other lives, a common goal to influence, assist, and create understanding in an often confused, afraid and sad world. I envy those folks that knew Kathryn Chastain Treat. I intend to get to know her through her writing. The trailer was simply stunning. Her smile made me smile. Thank you for sharing her with us today.

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