Rachel Hinks claims to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity
Rachel Hinks claims to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, where the harmful electromagnetic fields from the WiFi signals released from nearby internet hubs and phone masts.
To escape the signals the 43-year-old, who also suffers from lupus and receives benefits, was forced to move into a shack at the bottom of a pal's garden – far away from any 'harmful' signals.
Every day she drives back to home so she can feed the cat and take her outside to give her company, re-exposing herself to the signals that make her poorly.
Miss Hinks said: "At first I had mild symptoms, I noticed when I switched to a cordless phone my ear would burn after about ten minutes, and when I tried to use my laptop using WiFi I became very fatigued so I resorted back to using a wired up connection.
I found out later that the mobile phone masts out the back of me had gone up from 2G to 4G
"I found out later that the mobile phone masts out the back of me had gone up from 2G to 4G and my new neighbour who had moved in was using a BT hub against the wall."
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is not currently a recognised diagnosis and the World Health Organisation say there is "no scientific basis" to link Rachel's symptoms to the emissions from elecomagnetic fields.
She first began feeling unwell in December 2015 when she switched to a cordless phone, which caused her ear to burn for ten minutes and ever since she has experienced violent shaking, severe head pains and disorientation.
To escape the signals she was forced to move into a shack at the bottom of a pal's garden
When she socialises she even asks friends to turn off their mobile phones just in case the signals cause her to violently shake or suffer disorientation.
Miss Hinks, who is single and from Chichester, West Sussex, said: "What if I'm the canary in the mine?
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"What if I'm one of the first to suffer from these symptoms because of my weak immune system, but in a couple hundred years who knows how much more advanced technology will be and how many more people will be suffering as a result of it?
"Then in December 2015 I became suddenly very unwell – violent shaking, severe head pains, disorientation – I couldn't sleep more than a few hours at a time and felt like I was in a meltdown.
"I never imagined I'd be in this situation when I have a sweet little home I've rented for 17 years and good neighbours, yet I have now become too sick to live there."
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is not currently a recognised diagnosis
She added: "Each day I need to drive into Chichester and re-expose myself to feed my cat and I take her out in the car to the meadows where I can give her some company for an hour.
"I haven't yet found anyone who could foster her and anyone who has a beloved pet can understand how it would feel leaving an animal alone so much of the time.
"If the worse comes to the worse I may have to live in a caravan on some land.
'The mobile phone masts out the back of me had gone up from 2G to 4G’, says Hinks
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"While I am predominately affected by microwave radiation now that I am this sensitive I cant be too close to electrics for long – so i'd need to switch electrics off in a caravan and likely install a woodburner for heating.
"I don't have the funds for any of this, don't have any possessions I can sell, and given I have arthritis, bowel and bladder and gynaecological diseases, living in a caravan in a damp country would be very challenging on my health.
"I would like to break through the taboo of a condition that people have little awareness of, so that anyone suffering from this receives understanding and support from those around them, and that it becomes easier to get a diagnosis."