Gardasil’s effects on the lives of young women and their families
Ashley Ryburn (Colorado)
I want to introduce you to Ashley. She was 15 at the time of her first shot and she is now 16. Here is what her mother has to say about her daughter. “I am a single mother and have dedicated my life to providing a safe, fun loving environment for my daughter. She has been a gift in my life. I describe her as having an old soul. People of all ages, race, disabled, even animals connect with her. She has always attracted attention from everyone even complete strangers. Ashley will immediately help anyone in need. From holding open a door, to standing up for a child being picked on. People in our community always tell me what a great job I have done raising her.”
“Ashley has always been involved in extra curricular school activities and has always received top grades. My healthy teenage daughter became a chronically ill young woman. In the last year I have called 911 more times than I can count. She has been hospitalized three times within a year. We have seen many doctors and specialists who have done many tests multiple times all to be within normal limits. Ashley experiences life threatening episodes of seizure like activity, difficulty breathing, major back spasms, paralysis, dehydration, memory loss and tremors and she becomes unresponsive. She has daily illnesses of nausea, exhaustion, vomiting, pain and hair loss. I have provided CPR and life saving skills on a regular basis”.
“Ashley and I have had conversations in the event she may die. I can only promise her that I will do everything in my power for this not to happen and that we need to focus on healing. I never thought in a million years a vaccine would do this much damage to my beautiful girl. I stay strong for my daughter. I also cry with her too. I keep faith in knowing God doesn’t put more on our shoulders than we can handle. As a mother, I also feel the responsibility to get Ashley’s story out there so we can help other families.”
“Now she is ill – her life is dealing with daily symptoms and hoping for a day without a life threatening episode.”
Nora Kenny (Illinois)
See letter from Nora’s mom
“Nora has always been a great kid—she’s the oldest of our 3—a 16 year brother, Jack and a 15 year-old sister, Sally.
Nora was an honor role student her entire high school career, a 3 sport athlete until her senior year where she only played basketball and softball. She was named all academic-all conference for each sport she played. She has always made friends easily and enjoys the things that most girls her age do. She started working as a hostess at a local Red Lobster in the spring of her Junior year and was promoted to waitress last summer. She attends the University of Illinois at Champaign and plans to major in Kinesiology.”
“I am very proud of Nora and I feel very badly that I agreed to have her receive Gardasil. She asked me the other day why we didn’t know of its potential harm….I had no good answer.”
“Nora is now taking seizure medication. There is no family history of seizures.”
“She received her first shot June 16, 2008 and fainted June 21, 2008. My husband and I were at a friend’s house for dinner. At about 7:30pm, our youngest daughter called to say something was wrong with our 18 year old daughter Nora, and that the ambulance was taking her to the ER. She received her second shot August 19, 2008 and had the seizures September 2, 2008. I got a phone call from a young woman who lives on the same floor in the same dorm as Nora to let me know that Nora had had a seizure.”
Theresa Bohn – Age 21 (Marlborough, Massachusetts)
Prior to Gardasil, I had no previous known illnesses or behavioral issues, except for an occasional migraine headache. I had no complications whatsoever with IUD or menstrual cycle until after I had my first Gardasil shot (Lot 1758U) on April 28, 2008 – IUD removed October 2008. My second Gardasil vaccination (Lot 0651X) was on January 8, 2009 and I had this along with a tetanus shot. My symptoms include: 30 lbs unexplained weight loss and my hair falling out in clumps and migraines. I experienced sudden sharp pains all over my body, which are most intense in my head, abdomen and legs.
Earaches and frequent ear popping with pain and stiffness in elbows, knees, wrists and ankles and a numbness in my face including lips, nose and cheeks; pressure in sinuses, stiffness and tightening in my neck. I have had vision problems including double vision, blurred vision, light auras, difficulty focusing and pain/pressure in and around my eyes. Frequent muscle spasms all over and a weakness/numbnes/tingling in arms and pains in legs. Have experienced weak to no reflexes in my left elbow and right knee and have had chest pains and tightness. Sharp shooting pains in pelvic area/vaginal areas. Also my menstrual cycle has been irregular and heaviness with pain in lower back. Cramps/Charlie horses in legs and feet and also cold hands and feet and also experiencing tremors in my legs. Severe anxiety issues, causing my heart to race/blood pressure to increase; anger and irritability issues. I am unable to concentrate for any length of time. The sensation to urinate comes on strong and it feels like I am going to lose control and am left with a feeling of incomplete urination.
Diagnosis: An X-ray showed my spine is straightening and CT scan showed my intestine is swollen. I have received no exact diagnosis as yet. I am to receive an MRI of my brain and neck (cervical) in August 2009 and shortly afterwards I am scheduled to see a Neurologist.
Gardasil has completely changed my life. Before Gardasil, I never had a pain that I could not explain. For a year now I have been in and out of doctors offices desperately searching for an answer. I am no longer able to perform my job the way I used to. Before Gardasil, I was enrolled in college with a 4.0 and now I cannot even finish a book I am just trying to enjoy. I feel like I am not giving my son and fiancé the time they deserve from me, because I am too tired, in too much pain, or because I am at the doctor’s office. I just want to be myself again and enjoy every moment of being a mom, but everyday it feels like I am falling further away from the “old me” or the “me before Gardasil.”
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Steffanee Richardson (Hallsville, Missouri)
My daughter Steffanee’s illnesses started after she had completed her three Gardasil vaccinations, the first was in 8/2008, the second in 11/2008 and the final vaccination she had on 1/2/2009. Her serious health problems started on February 2, 2009 and from that moment on things started to deteriorate. Over a period of time she had four ER visits at the University of Missouri, Columbia and the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. Her many symptoms included: headaches, panic attacks, she could not breathe, felt her throat was closing up, brain fog, fatigue, severe joint and muscle pain and spasms, really bad knee pain, energy level low, non epileptic seizures, twitches, neurological disorder with muscle movements that are uncontrollable, jerking of limbs and entire body. That is to name just a few and today there has been a slight improvement, doing better, but still has twitching/jerking of limbs and knee pain.
Our lives were turned upside down on Feb 2, 2009. We got a call from her school, our 17 year old daughter was having severe seizures, screaming in pain. This was the very first time I had ever seen anything like that. It started with muscle spasms in her back. It was like that for 6 weeks, ambulance rides and in and out of hospitals and ERs. It was her first visit to the hospital; she was a very healthy girl prior to having the Gardasil vaccinations. I worry about her every day. Her life has been on hold for about 5 months, she sleeps a lot. She is very fatigued most of the time. Her personality changed through all this, I’m sure it’s because she was in so much pain. I hope and pray every single day that these seizures will stop, that this Gardasil vaccine will get out of her system and let her have her life back. She went through a depression when she was in and out of the hospital, missing school & cheerleading. She was VERY active prior to February 2, 2009.
I have to have my cell phone with me every minute of the day, afraid that she will need me or that one of her friends is trying to get in touch with me, because she is having a seizure. Adolescents are supposed to be carefree and worry
about nothing. Gardasil changed that for a lot of girls. The emotional stress alone has been very hard on our family. The financial part has added more stress. I believe they have run every test available on her, all results……normal. That in itself is not normal with all the serious health problems that Steffanee has.
They say stress adds to the Gardasil Girls problems. How can they not be stressed, worrying that they will become ill at school and their parents would then have to be sent for?
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Cassie Summers (Missouri) – See letter from Cassie’s mom
“Our nightmare started December 2007 without us even knowing it and willingly my fun loving active daughter pulled up her sleeve and received the first of three Gardasil vaccines. Cassie, 14 at the time, is known for her genuine love of life and her heart warming smile, she was very active in church and youth group belonging to FCA at school as well as playing volleyball and running track. That was until Gardasil stole her life away from her”.
“Since receiving her third Gardasil vaccine she has been hospitalized 4 times and had in my opinion a unnecessary surgery, she has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, had pneumonia three times, and is also suffering from a variety of symptoms including extreme nausea and vomiting resulting in having a central line placed and being put on TPN and Lipids (IV nutrition), fatigue, dizziness, headaches, hypersensitive to light and sound, blurred vision, lactation, seizure like activity, tingling and numbness in legs and severe pain in her abdomen. My once fun loving, active daughter is now debilitated with illness and pain, however she refuses to allow Gardasil to take away her loving spirit and warming smile.”
“Through all of this she has taught me so much about never giving up and never losing faith in God, even at times when I was so afraid to take my eyes off her in fear she would not take another breathe”, she would say, “I know God has a plan I know there is a reason for my sickness.” “ We could all learn a lot from these girls I know I have and I am so proud of Cassie.”
Holly Kysar (New Mexico)
Holly received her first shot in May of 2007 and her second in July of 2007. She started to experience side effects immediately but the doctor did not think it was an issue when it came time for her second shot. Here is a list of the side effects Holly experienced right after the second shot. Fainting, dizziness, nausea, weakness, body aches. Her first known seizure was in November of 2007 with what Holly states is brain fog. As of today she still has seizures that are being controlled with medication and she still complains of brain fog and finds it difficult to concentrate and retain information.
Holly’s symptoms at time of writing continue and include seizures, fatigue, irritability, depression, muscle and joint pain, headaches, painful menstrual cramps, hair loss and rash.
Laurel Brishel Prichard (Alburquerque, New Mexico)
My daughter was perfectly healthy until she received the first Gardasil vaccination at 18 years of age on March 23, 2008. Within 24 hours of the vaccine she began complaining of a terrible backache which lasted about a week. Then she started having fatigue, stomach aches, vision problems and overall body aches. She had her first seizure within a week after these symptoms. She got the second shot on May 6, 2008 and the symptoms worsened and so did the full grand-mal, tonic-clonic seizures. She also started having migraines, tremors and bruising.
The seizures increased to daily, sometimes more. We spent the summer of 2008 calling ambulances and in the hospital (UNMH, Lovelace) where they said the seizures were non-epileptic. She also had several UTIs which she’d never had in her life. In July, she had a cluster of seizures (4) and almost died on my living room floor when she stopped breathing and turned blue.
By the Fall of 2008 the seizures started spreading out further. We did not get the 3rd Gardasil shot as I had made the connection between her illness and the vaccine. As time passed, the symptoms seemed to be resolving one by one. In December 2008 she had a new symptom, bleeding gums which lasted until July 2009 and now this appears to have been resolved. Her last seizure was January of 2009 until this past weekend, August 15, 2009 when she had 3 seizures. She still suffers from the seizures and a severe tremor that has never gone away or lessened. She has fought hard for her life and to get her health back.
She’s stayed in College, though her grades fell from the Dean’s List prior to the vaccine. My daughter was perfectly healthy until she received this unnecessary vaccine. I know the vaccine made her ill and I want to know how to make her well again. Stop this vaccine before any other girls are injured. She lost her independence and had to move home, her job, her grades, her health, her freedom and I have spent the last 18 months with many sleepless nights, spent tons of money on medical bills, endured horrid treatment by medical professionals because they didn’t have answers and my business has suffered too as she could not be left alone because of the drop seizures.
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Bridget Boyce (Cary, North Carolina)
My 17 year old daughter Bridget was a happy and healthy young woman prior to vaccination of Gardasil. She received her first vaccination of Gardasil (Lot 0961F) on 23rd January 2007 together with Hep A and Menactra. She received a single dose of Gardasil (Lot 0384U) on 4th April 2007 and her final vaccination ( Lot 0524U) took place on 25th July 2007 which she had along with a Hep A shot. She was first diagnosed with pneumonia in July 2007 which resulted in an ER visit to Wake Med Hospital in Cary, NC. Her symptoms included hair loss, chronic sinus infections, migraines, weight gain, dizziness and brain fog (complaints of dyslexia) and severe PMS symptoms. By November 2007, she was experiencing changes in her menstrual cycle. In December 2008, Bridget had to be admitted to ER, Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH with diarrhea and vomiting, and this re-occurred again in August 2009 and she had to go back to the ER at the Miami Valley Hospital to be treated.
Since finding out about Gardasil in January of 2009, the lives of our family have been turned upside down. Let me begin by saying that when my daughter first had pneumonia in the summer of 2007, I thought she was going to die. It was so severe that she was on oxygen at the ER and at home. I had to continuously pound on her back to help break up the mucous. Several months later, I knew something was terribly wrong when my previously healthy 19-year old was continuously ill with migraines, sinus infections, and menstrual changes (she was starting menopause at age 19 – getting a heavy period every two weeks). After hours upon hours of research, I realized that Gardasil was the culprit. I read horror stories about sudden death and seizures in other girls that had the Gardasil vaccine. Unfortunately, my daughter was a nine-hour drive from me. I was afraid that she could die at any minute. I felt completely distraught and at fault for making my daughter ill since I recommended she have the vaccine. Thank God I found other families with children suffering as my pediatrician told me I was overlooking the benefit to the majority. I was able to get much-needed support of other parents whose daughters had experienced worse side effects than Bridget. I still do not know if she will completely recover or ever be able to have children. I am grateful that my daughter is now doing so much better after getting help from Dr. Mark Flannery.
This vaccine has robbed my daughter of her best years in college. She has struggled to get good grades over the past two years. She would often call me in tears because the fatigue was so overwhelming. She was constantly concerned she would lose her college scholarship. I had to let her know it was OK to get a C or even a D if she could just get through to the end of the school year. I am optimistic about her future but deathly afraid of the unknown issues from this vaccine.
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Lauren Brooke Mathis (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina)
Because of Gardasil, my beautiful 13 year old daughter missed almost her entire eighth grade year. She became severely depressed because she could not attend school or be with her friends like a normal child. Because of Gardasil, she was “One Less” in all aspects of her life. She went from being an Academically Gifted student to one who struggled to complete her 8th grade year of school. She was placed on a modified school plan by her principal who fully backed her because she was an excellent student who had been in the North Carolina Academically Gifted Program since 2nd grade.
Her life became an endless round of hospital and doctor visits with little resolution to the severe pain that she was experiencing. She was even sent for surgery on her gall bladder at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where a skilled surgeon recognized the symptoms were more than gall bladder dysfunction and thankfully did not operate. We have spent the past year researching this horrible vaccine and the side effects and treating her with vitamins and medicine. My daughter is currently being treated by Duke University’s Children’s Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Brenner’s Children’s Hospital and the bills are now in the tens of thousands of dollars. Thankfully, I am a manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse in their Corporate Office and have a good insurance policy which has helped cover the costs associated with the effects of Gardasil.
Lauren’s dates of vaccinations were 2/4/08 (Lot #1448U); 4/16/08 (Lot #1757U); 8/18/08 (Lot #0067X). With her second Gardasil vaccination, Lauren also received Varicella 165U and Menactra U2559AA. Symptoms over this past year and a half have included: enlarged liver, gall bladder attacks, severe nausea, chest pain, severe abdominal pain, severe headaches, brain freezes, stomach ulcer, sensitivity to light.
The horrible realization is that VAERS is not accurate. Prior to Gardasil, I did not know what VAERS was. When my daughter became ill, I found out about VAERS by research performed on the internet. My daughter’s doctors did not even know what it was and they did not file a report until I filed one myself and told them they were obligated by law to file a report. How can the #’s be accurate if doctors don’t file the reports? I even had to explain what VAERS is. Shouldn’t VAERS and the adverse side effects of vaccines be taught in medical school or shouldn’t the doctors receive periodic newsletters from the CDC explaining VAERS and its importance?
The CDC and FDA are not doing their jobs. If they were, after tens of thousands of people died from Merck’s VIOXX, how was Gardasil so quickly pushed into the marketplace? Someone with the proper authority needs to research this and get a full understanding as to how this could happen when Merck had already been proven to be at fault for so many deaths.
Who is protecting the American citizens and our precious children? How many girls will have to die before someone takes this seriously? I beg of you to please ensure that this is investigated and that some changes are made to the VAERS reporting system which includes doctors being held responsible for reporting all adverse reactions following vaccinations.
They should not simply brush reports of adverse reactions aside and just referring to them as “she just has a virus.” A virus would not last for one year, and the doctors do not understand the side effects of the vaccines that they are giving. It should be mandatory that the doctors fully understand vaccines and their side effects and that they inform the parents UPFRONT of what could happen.
I pray that you consider my comments seriously and recognize that there are many issues which require to be investigated.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 336-838-7578 or email me at RDMATHIS2@CHARTER.NET.
Crissey D Meeks (Raleigh, North Carolina)
My name is Crissey Meeks amd I am 27 years old and I know there are a lot of teenagers dealing with a lot of unexplained symptoms after receiving the Gardasil shot. I just want to share my experience with them and the world. People, doctors, parents, and politicians need to be aware of the toxins they are pumping into innocent victims on a daily basis. Before ever receiving the Gardasil shot I was perfectly normal, I was a young, vibrant, and full of energy woman. I mean I loved my life and I lived it to the full. I was your typical over the age of 21 young woman and I was very social, going out and just highly active.
It all started with an abnormal pap smear. My gynecologist was to perform a coloscopy and I had the procedure done. When I came back to the doctor for the results she stated that it would be very beneficial for me to receive the HPV Vaccine. You know she told me all the things that it would be helpful for me to hear. How it will prevent cervical cancer, how it was free, and it was basically a win, win situation. I read the pamphlet and then I made the worst decision of my life.
On 5/11/07 I received the 1st shot of the series. As soon as it went into my arm I felt a burning sensation going through my arm & my body. I left the doctor’s office after this and went back to work. My right arm was so sore, but I figured it was normal to have the pain and swelling. Little to my knowledge did I realize that my life would change after that. My right side was extremely sore for over a week. I had this kind of knot in my arm at the injection site. Still I just brushed it off as a normal reaction to the vaccination.
6/08/07 I started feeling a little funny. I couldn’t really explain it. I felt pain in my stomach, achy all over; I just kept on doing what I was doing. My brother was leaving for India so I was trying to plan a farewell get together at my house on the 9th. So I was pretty much running around trying to get things together. Saturday morning I was up to get started with all the preparations. I felt horrible and it hurt so bad just to stand upright. My belly hurt so much and I hadn’t eaten anything since that Friday morning. I just did not have an appetite. Family & friends started coming. I mean we had food galore. I never touched anything. My sister noticed I wasn’t eating and I just said I wasn’t hungry. I was tired and in so much pain. The next morning I felt worse, but it was Sunday and my usual routine is to go to church. I remember this like it was yesterday. I had on my red sleeveless summer dress and I headed for church. I mean my car was a 5 speed & it about killed me to drive. I drove slouched over because by then everything hurt. My head, eyes, arms, legs, abdomen, it felt like I was falling apart.
I sat in church in agony and I couldn’t even get up to put my offering in the basket. I left church and went to my mother’s house as we always gather at her house after church. She made my favorite roast and lemon cake, but I never said a word to anyone, I just sat in the chair in pure pain. I really do not let people know when I feel bad as I do not want anyone feeling sorry for me. I stayed at her house for about 30 minutes and then I simply got up walked outside and left. I didn’t say good bye, I was leaving, nothing. I just didn’t want to be around anyone. Once I made it home I just cried. I could not even take off my dress. I finally called my mom around 10p.m. and told her how bad I felt. She said to call my brother so he could take me to the ER. But going there is a last resort for me as you have to drag me to the hospital. I just lay on the couch and cried. The next morning I tried getting it together to go to work. I still felt the same way but I pushed myself to go. I sat at my desk slouched over, dizzy, feeling like crap. I think I stayed 30 minutes. I called my family practice physician, they told me to come in that day. I arrived at the surgery and they really did not know what was wrong with me. I was thinking that they would at least make me feel a little better but unfortunately no. They drew blood and put me out of work for the week. I get my results back and they say I need to go and see a specialist (Rheumatologist) and so I did that.
They did the exact same thing as before, run tests and draw blood. So I stay out of work for another week. Once they got the results back they tell me I have Lupus. So I accept their diagnosis as I figured that had to be my problem. He said the condition was controllable.
7/19/07 I go back to my gynaecologist to get the next shot. Still oblivious that this was the reason I was sick in the first place. I have the same symptoms after the fact, but by now I am having these trembles. I have never had this before in my life. In certain periods of time my arm or my legs just start to shake. I still just brushed it off, even although it was not normal for me to do this. I still have the joint and muscle pain, headaches, sensitivity to sunlight, but I am still trying to live my life. I am not active at all and I don’t want to do anything and I am complaining about everything. My whole attitude has changed.
It seems I am angry all the time, forgetting the simplest things.
10/18/07 I go and get my last shot. The gynaecologist was on vacation but her nurse rendered my shot. Now I received my Gardasil in one arm and my Depo shot in the other. I thought it was crazy to get both of these shots at the same time. But I am the patient. I did not know that I was not supposed to receive more than one vaccination at a time. So now I have both arms in pain. But still I never put two and two together. Now it’s December 2008. and I am still going through the same thing, only I started getting worse. I figured it was a part of my Lupus so I went to my physician again for advice as I was just in pain everyday. Medicine wasn’t working and I was taking a hot bath everyday. Everything I did made me feel tired and I have an attitude that is off the hook. My back hurts, my neck hurts, I also have trembles, tingling, headaches, and dizzy spells. But I went to the doctor and they ran tests and took x-rays. When she got my blood work back she said everything was normal other than my WBC was low. My chest x-ray showed something so I ended up having to get a CT scan and this did not identify any problem. I went back to the doctor and I have had a muscle enzyme test, in which it was highly elevated showing I have inflammation in my muscles. My WBC went back to normal but my iron levels have decreased. So now I am on iron pills. I have been tested for everything under the sun.
When I started the vaccine my menstrual cycle changed and I have not had my period in over a year. Since September 2008, my cycle has been going crazy. I have anger issues that I really cannot control sometimes. It’s just like I am a whole different person than the person I was before 5/11/07. I have bursts of anger towards everyone. No one is excluded from my rage. At one point in time I thought I was just crazy. I just want to go back to the old Crissey and I push myself everyday. Sometimes I feel like I am alone in this. I know something is wrong with me, but when you cannot even get the doctors to admit that it is from this vaccine then where do you go? What do you do? I once was happy about my life, even when things weren’t all that great. Now it’s like I am in this depression that I cannot get out of. The worry, the stress, it’s just too much sometimes.
02/19/09 – Today I am still going to the doctor on a regular basis for everything. I go to several doctors now. I get diagnosed with this and with that. Take pills for this and that. Before the shots I was healthy, I did not have any medical issues and I was very active. Now it’s like I am just a whole different person. I was diagnosed with pancreatitis. I have ulcers in my stomach & intestines. I go through memory lapses when I forget things. My food does not digest so I go long periods without having a bowel movement. I have had ultrasounds, MRI’s, you name it. I push myself and keep going because I have a 9 year old daughter that I want to see get older. When I look at her it keeps me going.
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Brittney Fiste (Ohio)
I want to introduce you to another young woman and her name is Brittney. She has been suffering from the side effects of Gardasil. I had the privilege to meet Brittney in September 2008. She was lying on the couch covered up with a blanket and she needs to wear dark glasses because light hurts her eyes terribly. What I saw was a very upbeat young woman with a twinkle in her eyes when she took off her dark glasses briefly for me. I also witnessed one of her seizures. She has gotten so used to them that she knows when one is coming most of the time. Brittney is suffering with constant pain, seizures, nausea, weakness and dizziness and needs a wheelchair to get around. This young woman is a warrior in my opinion. She is doing the best she can to not let this get her down. She fights everyday and night, 24/7. Her wish is for doctors to stop giving the vaccine so others do not become like her.
Brittney received her first shot in June of 2007 and her second in August of 2007.
This is what her mother wrote to me about Brittney’s side effects. This is but one paragraph from a very long letter.
“The adverse reactions began slowly, a fainting spell within 24 hours for no reason, then an odd occurrence a few days later – she was on a date and suddenly couldn’t move or speak though her eyes remained open and she could hear. A floating sensation came over her, then slowly she began to lose consciousness. This lasted about five to eight minutes.
Her date thought she had died. After she came to, she thought the whole episode was somehow related to her fibromyalgia in a new way. Nothing like it had ever happened before to her. One week later, Britt was with a group of friends at an amusement park when her legs suddenly gave out, hammering pain ran up and down her thighs and calves.
This lasted about 15 minutes, and it ended as abruptly as it came on. None of this made any sense when taken as isolated incidents – but I kept track of all of them since they made me very concerned. The leg pain would come and go the rest of the summer, but in a much less intense manner.”
You can read Brittney’s dad’s letter to me here to see what a father goes through when their child is suffering.
UPDATE: Brittney is finally able to use crutches and a walker to get around. Family is hoping that the wheelchair will eventually be a thing of the past when she is able to get braces.
Brooke McFarland (Cincinnati, Ohio)
My daughter had her Gardasil shots on 22nd January 2009( Lot #0650X) and 11th June 2009 (Lot #0558X). Her first experience with an ER visit was on 16th July 2009 when we had to take her to Mercy Mt. Airy, Cincinnati and this was followed by a visit to our family doctor the following day. He sent Brooke to see a series of heart doctors firstly at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati and then to a third doctor for a second opinion. As stated below, she has been diagnosed with this heart condition.
Brooke is a 21 year old College student who was active, athletic and full of energy before receiving the Gardasil vaccinations. She was happy go lucky with her whole life ahead of her until she started fainting for no reason. We have had many tests carried out, including CAT scans , blood work, EEG, EKG, HEART MONITOR you name it and she has had it.
The doctors say that she has Neurocardiogenic Syncope which is a problem with the brain not communicating with the heart. The doctors are talking about her needing a pacemaker. She has passed out in the tub, driveway, hallway, bathroom floor and it is frightening to find her like that. We are just hoping she will not get hurt or worse from the fall. She is supposed to start back to College in September but we are not sure what will happen as she cannot drive for fear of passing out. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help this cause. Our lives are on HOLD and we are HOLDING our breath. We need someone to listen to us as our daughters are getting badly damaged from this vaccine.
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Danielle Nicosia (Pennsylvania)
“This story is about my daughter Danielle and the effects Gardasil has had on her.”
“My daughter Danielle is 23 years old. October of 2007 she received the 2nd Gardasil vaccine and shortly after became very ill. She experiences migraines, saying her brain hurts, passing out (syncope), numbness in hands and feet, tingling, limbs contracting, hands like claws, seizures, rolling eyes, foaming from mouth, confusion, heart palpitations. She has been hospitalized 9 times since January of 2008, 3 hospitals, 4 neurologists, she has had EEG’s, TEE, lumbar puncture, MRI, MRA, CT, CTA, everything is normal. She also now goes into a regression. Sometimes unable to walk, speak, see, hear.
She passes out every day since last year. She is on medical leave from college, no quality of life whatsoever. “
“Danielle has developed hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, vitamin D deficient, her liver enzymes are shot, her adrenal glands are off as well as her hormones. She gained 40 lbs from all the meds she was put on and the seizure medication has affected her brain”. “Needless to say, we are devastated and heartbroken. Danielle was just a few credits shy of graduation and her life is on hold. So this has been a battle for over a year now. Her gynecologist is no longer giving out the vaccine.” “Where do we go from here? We have to fight to get this off the market.”
“With love from me a mother who is truly desperate, please, please can you help…….”
Victoria Ventimiglia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
My daughter, Victoria, has been ill since February 2008. She had her first Gardasil vaccination November 2007. Her second vaccination was in the beginning of February 2008. Immediately after this, Victoria experienced severe diarrhea and was nauseous for about eight weeks. Initially doctors thought she had a virus but on March 31, 2008, she had her first seizure. My daughter has been treated by many neurologists, all of whom have not related her seizures to Gardasil. My daughter has had CT scans, MRI’s, MRA’s, EEG’s, blood work and was hospitalized at an epilepsy center in the video EEG Monitoring Unit for two separate weeks in May 2008 and September 2008. She was put on many different seizure medications. After the normal EEG results, she has been taken off all medications. My daughter has been seen by several neurologists, a psychiatrist, psychologist, several neuropsychologists, an immunologist, several infectious disease doctors, and also treated at a Wellness Center for a period of time. Doctors at this Center believe that Victoria may have Lyme disease that was dormant but which was triggered by the Gardasil vaccine but this has not been confirmed by any other medical doctors.
My daughter currently experiences the following symptoms: non-epileptic seizures, migraines, fainting, tremors, twitches, numbness, intermittent leg paralysis and facial paralysis, tingling, staring or blank episodes, eye pain, joint pain, neck pain, back pain, memory loss, confusion, brain fog, regression, mood swings and chronic fatigue.
These symptoms are experienced by many other girls who have had the Gardasil vaccination. She continues to have bouts of nausea and diarrhea. She has not been in school since April 2008. My daughter can never be left home alone. She can’t go to school, go out with her friends or work or has little “normalcy” in her life. She has very few good days and always says she doesn’t feel well. Our security at home has had to be increased as Victoria gets confused after a seizure, or when she has memory loss, and can leave the house without our knowledge and “goes missing”. She also has to be supervised while showering in case she should take a bad turn.
Each day, I cry and wonder if Victoria will be the next one to die from adverse reactions to Gardasil.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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Mikaela Tindell (Tennessee)
This girl’s name is Mikaela and she was 10 years old when she received her first Gardasil shot. Before the shot she was a healthy and active young girl. Mikaela received her first shot in July of 2007 and in two weeks had a rash on her face, neck and chest and facial swelling. She received the next doses in September of 2007 and January of 2008.
Presently Mikaela is suffering from fatigue, nausea, stomach pain, migraine headaches and has been diagnosed with PCOS. Her periods stopped shortly after the vaccine. This young girl struggles every day with fatigue and pain but still maintains a B average in school even though she misses a lot of school days. This girl’s mother, as at original date of writing this piece, was the moderator of a group called Let’s Talk About Gardasil.
Kelly E McFarland (Leesburg, Virginia)
Kelly was a healthy, athletic girl until she had mononucleosis at the age of 15½ in May of 2006. By December 2006, she had almost recovered and her pediatrician recommended Gardasil. Her dates of vaccinations were 12/15/2006 (Lot 0637F); 2/15/2007 (Lot 0186U) and her final vaccination was on 6/2/2007 (Lot 0522U). My daughter’s illnesses have covered a three year period and she has still not recovered. Kelly’s symptoms during this period of time have included:
Immediately Urinary tract infections – 5; Upper respiratory trait infection, strep throat 3 times, progressing to joint pain, muscle pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, irregular but very painful periods, memory loss, moodiness, anger, occasional slurred speech, 2 bumps growing under the skin on her face, insomnia, panic attacks, runny nose all the time (had no allergies previously), body temperature issues, gastrointestinal issues and night sweats. Kelly was diagnosed with Posterial Orthostatic Tachacardia Syndrome (POTS) in April 2009.
Kelly’s days are all the same, she wakes up and is in pain all day long – joint, neck, shins, knees and her body is sensitive to touch. She cannot take a shower and lift her arm over her head, walking upstairs causes her heart to race and she cannot get to sleep without medication. Her sleeping pattern has been completely altered and she can sleep
two days in a row. If she is not vomiting or having diarrhea with a stomach upset, then she is constipated. Her concentration levels are poor and Kelly cannot sit down and read a book, which she always used to enjoy. She is constantly exhausted and this is just not the young girl I used to have.
Up until May 5, 2006, Kelly was a healthy, active 15½ year old teenager getting A’s and B’s in school and playing volleyball in national tournaments. Kelly had to give up volleyball because of her chronic illness and in February 2009 had to medically withdraw from college due to medical disability.
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Kristyn Allen (Gig Harbor, Washington State, formerly South Carolina)
My daughter was a happy, healthy 16 year old before Gardasil. This vaccine was literally pushed on us during a routine doctor visit. The doctor strongly advised getting this vaccine. She made it out to be the best thing to do for my daughter.
She said there were NO side effects and this would prevent her from getting a whole list of things including cervical cancer and genital warts. Almost immediately after getting the first 2 vaccines, my daughter started having a whole list of problems. Kristyn’s symptoms included back pain, numbness in both legs and left arm, headaches, pressure behind eyes, neck pain, racing heart, chest pains, stomach pains, difficulty breathing, weakness, dizziness, tingling in left arm and both legs, jerking movements in legs and arms. I took her to several doctors including the emergency room – Mary Black Hospital, Spartanburg, SC. The hospital ran all sorts of tests including a CT scan. Everything would come back normal. I should also add that she was given the Menactra vaccine (U2606AA) at the same time as the Gardasil vaccination (0279X and 0653X).
She continued to have problems. It was only after having the second vaccine that I found out about the side effects that other girls were having. I immediately started researching. The guilt was overwhelming. My once happy and healthy 16 year old had become a very sick girl. She was an A/B student but was now failing her 10th grade year. She did fail and is now having to re-take the 10th grade. She still has a list of problems.
She threw her birth control in the trash because she didn’t want anything in her system. She was so sick. Two weeks later, she found out she was pregnant. Now, not only are we having to deal with the after effects of this horrible vaccine, but now the baby is in danger.
This vaccine has completely changed our lives. My daughter is scared every day that she will be another ‘one less’ living.
Merck should be ashamed!!!! Our daughters are NOT guinea pigs for the big pharmaceutical companies!!
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Rachel Long (Walworth, Wisconsin)
Rachel has several symptoms including numbness and tingling in her fingers and toes, fatigue and she has a really hard time falling asleep. She also suffers from UTI’s, ovarian cysts, she is moody and has trouble getting out of bed and she has seizures. Rachel has had upwards of 150 seizures following her third shot in June of 2008. Her other two shots were given in August 2007 and January 2008. Rachel was a very healthy young girl, aged 14, and full of life before ever having the Gardasil vaccinations. Now she is a very sick young girl who I desperately worry about. I know in my heart that she would not be sick today if she had not been vaccinated with Gardasil. We have had a diagnosis of Neurocardiogenic Syncope and seizures.
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Samantha’s Story – a young girl with a history of health problems prior to Gardasil
Our lives have been turned upside down after Gardasil. My daughter had a 3.8 GPA without even trying and she has failed all her classes since having this vaccination. Prior to having the Gardasil shots my daughter had serious health problems and had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes; allergies to pollen, tree, smoke, grass, tobacco, fragrance and dust and dust mites. She also suffers from Blounts disease and at the age of 12 was diagnosed as having Poly Cystic Ovary syndrome and was put on birth control pills to stop the excessive bleeding. This is no longer a problem as my daughter has not had a menstrual cycle since receiving her first shot in November 2007 – early menopause perhaps. My daughter’s health has been in serious decline since she received her Gardasil injections at the age of 14. Within hours she was vomiting, feverish with a terrible headache. She could not get out of bed for almost 3 weeks. I called the doctor regarding her illness and she said she must have received a bad flu shot. She was vaccinated with Gardasil at the same time as the flu vaccine. She now passes out with any exertion; a simple walk will put her out. She suffers from weakness in her both legs. Soon after the second shot she was crying because her feet were hurting and she was diagnosed later with peripheral neuropathy – right foot on 4/09/08 and left foot on 5/22/08. She could barely walk and was put in 2 com casts to keep her feet from hurting. Samantha also is experiencing more then 4 migraines a month now. She did have continual migraines for almost 3 weeks before they started to taper off. She faints and loses the ability to use her legs. This has happened many times then it’s followed by a 3 day migraine. I attribute these bizarre symptoms and her illness to the Gardasil vaccine. This is a human experiment on our daughters and they have been injured. Everyday when I wake up I am afraid that my daughter will be dead. I don’t want any other mother to go through what the Gardasil mothers are going through. She has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and has been put on a CPAP, diabetes2, degenerative disc disease and loss of peripheral vision in her left eye and peripheral neuropathy in both feet. She is still not any better 2 years later.
Samantha’s symptoms after having the vaccinations are many from paralysis in arm which fortunately was temporary, to fainting once or twice weekly since third vaccination, with slurred speech and loss of feeling in her legs. Menstrual cycle changes, blurred vision, loss of peripheral vision in one eye and fatigue that is so bad she can hardly move. To compound all of this, she has aching muscles and is in a lot of pain daily and has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in both feet. In addition, she has brain fog and from once being the brightest kid on the block, a walking encyclopaedia she has often been called, she has great difficulty in remembering things, in concentrating for any length of time and is not the young academic she once was before Gardasil. Something has damaged my daughter and her school records would confirm her scholastic skills before being vaccinated.
Samantha’s last ER visit was on August 25, 2009. She had lower leg paralysis for more then 3 hours. This has been an unrelenting symptom since her last vaccine. I could not tell you how many times we have been to the ER. It would make you sick. I did take her to her paediatrician, Dr. Kathleen Santi, Halifax Family Health, I wanted her to see the paralysis in her legs. She refused to see her. She told me to take her to the emergency room. I could not believe that she would not even look at her. Samantha has been her patient since 2003. I was very offended by this. Gardasil did this to my daughter and how many kids have to be injured or killed by this vaccine before some action is taken?
The Gardasil vaccine was not studied for administration with the flu vaccine. However my daughter received both on the same day. Samantha as you can see had a medical history of serious illnesses before being vaccinated and now her conditions have increased and she is left with very little quality of life. She was sick before now she is seriously sick following the vaccinations. It could be said that the two vaccines together were too much for her system but other moms’ children have suffered severe illnesses, including seizures and only receiving Gardasil. The point I am making, Samantha with her medical history should never have been vaccinated with Gardasil. Perhaps you could take the time to find out if Merck ever carried out any trials with Gardasil on impaired immune responses. I know that in the case of the sister vaccine, Cervarix, no such research was carried out by GlaxoSmithKline on this important area and young people are becoming ill in the UK as well. Samantha had many medical complaints prior to vaccination, now she is an invalid, in great pain and lives in fear, as do we all, that she will become paralysed. This is as a result of her being vaccinated and there has been a certain amount of neglect in this case, as there has been in many of the other cases. All we ask as moms, please someone listen and do something about this before any more young people are harmed by this terrible vaccine.
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Mariah Van Vessem
My daughter Mariah. was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma 6 weeks after her second dose of gardasil..She discovered a lump on her neck 4 weeks after her injection and was treated for a swollen gland infection at first. The lump got larger after 2 more weeks.She was seventeen and in her last year of high school. This was October 2008. We had a CAT scan and her pediatrician sent us to Schneider”s chidrens hospital that same night. She underwent chemo and radiation and is now in remission. Her lasat cat scan was october 2009. and we will monitor for the next five years. This changed her life forever. The guilt of a parent is difficult and I would never reccomend this vaccine to any girl. My daughter was not sexually active but the media hype for this vaccine was so strong that my daughter and I were on board with it to protect her future. Now look at her future. Always worrying it will come back. Lifetime doctors appointments. Radiation side effects later on… and the list goes on. She is now an honors student at Johnson and Wales University and is happy.
Melodie Simms ( Burlington, WV )
Melodie Simms at 16 was a healthy, vibrant, vivacious teenager. Very active in school clubs, her church, and community. She was a striaght A Honor’s student with a bright future ahead of her. After coming highly recommended by her pediatrician and my gynecologist, Melodie received the Gardasil Vaccine in August 2007. The vaccine turned her life upside down.
Melodie developed an onset of symptoms approx. 3 weeks after receiving the first dose of the vaccine. The main symptoms were pain in her lower extremities the pain started in her legs and spread to her hips, low back, and mid back. Pain when taking a breath, Heart palpatations. The symptoms did not improve they continued to get worse. Swelling only when she was lying down. The swelling occured in her hands, feet, and face. Pain and tingling, prickling sensation in her hands and feet. Migraine headaches, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating. The vaccine completely changed her life and she was unable to participate in the activities she once enjoyed. We had to place her on homebound due to the amount of school she had missed. I have taken her to numerous doctors and so far we have gotten no relief or answers for her symptoms.
Melodie has been suffering the affects from this vaccine for 2 1/2 years now. Melodie is now 18 yrs. old. She managed to graduate high school but it was not easy. Her grades dropped and she did not get the scholorships she had strived so hard for. She had to give up activities she so loved. Every day is a struggle for her now. She is attending college but had to opt to go to a college close to home rather than the University she had planned to attend. She struggles everyday but continues to fight forward.
Melodie continues to struggle with a multitude of symptoms.
Her current symptoms are:
SEVERE HOT FLASHES
SEVERE DRY MOUTH
SEVERE UNBEARABLE PAIN
HEAVY, PAINFUL, IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
TENDERNESS TO TOUCH
VISION CHANGES (BLURRED, TUNNEL VISION)
MOUTH SORES (ON TONGUE AND CHEEKS)
HIP AND (KNEE PAIN BOTH SIDES)
DECREASED TOLERANCE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
This vaccine has changed our family’s life. Melodie is the oldest of 4 children. As her mother it has been very difficult to watch what this vaccine has done to her. And even more difficult to not be able to help her or find answers for her symptoms. It is difficult to watch your child suffer in horrible pain and not be able to help. It is also difficult to know that your child is suffering because of a choice you made. A choice you thought was to help her and instead has harmed her. I wish someone would have told me. Please help spread the word about this vaccine. Tell everyone you know about the dangers of the vaccine and put a stop to the damage it is causing.
This vaccine is harming thousands of girls. The vaccine needs to be taken off the market. The numbers of girls affected is rising everyday.