By Heidi Juul Pedersen, Frederikshavn, Northern Part of Jutland, Denmark
My husband and I have three young children. Before Gardasil, we were a very active family and did a lot of different things with our children – we had fun. I personally have always walked a lot, up to 15-20 km a day, as well as cycling about 20 km a day in my job as a social and health careworker. It has been over a year since my last injection of Gardasil. I am still on sick leave trying to recover from the side effects.
It was during the last weeks of my maternity leave, my smallest son was 11 months old and we were on a winter break to Skallerup seaside resort, up here in Northern Jutland. The day before our holiday began, on the 15th February 2013, I was vaccinated with my first shot of the HPV vaccine Gardasil.
To help you understand, I had the vaccine because I thought it was the safest thing to do having small children and all. I spoke with my doctor and he agreed. He did not tell me there was no need for me to do this since my husband and I have been together for 13 years.
On the 15th February, the day of my first vaccine, I was a little surprised that my menstrual cycle started a bit early but at the time did not reflect on it other than it was an inconvenience compared to the fun we were going to have on the upcoming family trip.
After bleeding for 14 days, I began to wonder why. Then I found out that my spiral coil for birth control was starting to come away from my body, so I made an appointment with the doctor and had it removed completely and was put on to the birth control pill instead. I was still bleeding a little, but thought that it had to be due to the spiral being removed.
Then my next menstruation occured in April and again this lasted for a few weeks. But this time I felt very dizzy and felt as if I was about to faint. I went to the doctor and was told that my blood pressure was very low, and they couldn’t find a reason for that. At that time, nobody suspected the vaccine
Then a few days later I went to get shot No 2 and this was given to me on 18th April 2013. Within two
days of having this vaccination, the 20th April, my life changed completely. I suddenly could not do anything. My leg became suddenly paralyzed , and I was dragging it after me, my husband needed to help me with everything because my arms, for a shorter period of time, were paralysed too . My fingers changed shape and looked like a spastic claw and for all I tried I could not get them straightened out . This has thankfully subsided, but other things appeared over time as I have detailed below:
- Memory loss
- Pronounced fatigue
- Numbness/pain throughout the body that comes on suddenly. It lasts from a few minutes to several days.
- Poor concentration / memory difficulties
- Very low blood pressure
- High pulse rate
- Weight loss, now have a BMI of 21.4, before it was 24.6
- Internal heat/fever – one moment I freeze , the next moment I’m sweating;
- Visual problems – the case of not being able to focus
- Pain in my jaw, neck and back
- Cramps in my back
- Abdominal pains
- Ringing in my ears for short periods – Tinnitus
- Heavy legs – I have to concentrate a lot to get my legs up from a lying down position
- Not being able to speak coherently
- Pernicious Anaemia – B12 deficiency
- Feeling less strength in my hands and legs
In November 2013, I was diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). My resting heart rate is 100-115 and I have heart palpitations very often which press on my chest and make me feel unwell – when I am like this I cannot run and play with my children.
I still have sensory disturbances and pain that comes and goes / moves around in my body. My legs often feel very bad, so much so that I can barely walk.
I pick up my daughter after school, but cannot walk further than that and cannot pick up my two boys from kindergarten and nursery. It is my husband who picks them up.
My head does sometimes hurt so much that I have to lie in bed all day, and it’s hard for my kids to understand.
Fortunately, my youngest boy, can walk now , because I have no strength in my arms to lift him for any length of time.
I would like to share this picture with you which my daughter Rebecca drew and made some comments about her mummy. The words are in Danish. This is what my 7 year old daughter said about me in a school assignment a few months ago when she had just started in the 1st grade:
- On the sofa
- At home
- So long
I fight all I can, and I will find out why this has happened to me and I will be well again. I will live on in good health and hope that the future allows me to be able to participate in all family matters, including diaper changes, vacuuming, washing the floor, doing the laundry and window cleaning etc. All normal things which I have not been able to do very much since I received this vaccination. That is my goal and to be able to have lots of fun with my children.
This terrible experience does not just affect me, it affects all five of us at home.
I have written to Denmark’s Prime Minister, Minister of Health and the various regions in Denmark, but without getting any useful answers.
It is not actually answers I need but ACTION as do all my fellows sufferers of Gardasil damage who have been harmed in Denmark by this vaccine. All of us need to be diagnosed correctly and given treatments that will give us back our good health and our lives. We need this NOW – not next year.
For those who understand the Danish language, here is a news broadcast Heidi was interviewed for in January 2014: