Pookie Sekmet is a pseudonym. I grew up in the U.S. South, went to Harvard College, and worked as a computer professional and later as an accountant. I have been happily married for about thirty years, and I live in a small town in Western Massachusetts. As a baby I suffered a chemical exposure, which my parents hid from me and which triggered a lifelong and undiagnosed intolerance to common chemicals. Right now I am cheerful and I sleep well most nights, but for the first fifty plus years of my life I was unwittingly pushing huge waves against the tide, and this only stopped when I solved this central mystery of why I had been ill from an early age, worked out ways of avoiding chemical reinjury, and accepted the true nature of my birth family. My memoir is the story of how I figured all this out.