March 1990 – February 2008
Written by: Norma Erickson, Vaccines Examiner
Jessie was born ready to tackle the world. It didn’t really matter what activity people were involved in, you would find her right in the middle of things. From the very beginning, she excelled at everything she tried to do. She was born believing life was a challenge she was ready for.
Jessie grew up across the road from her grandfather’s dairy farm. She learned to milk cows, drive a tractor and put up hay. Hard work was no stranger to her, in fact, she relished the prospect. She knew it took hard work to get things done, but that did not bother her in the least.
Jessie loved people. It was her personal mission to come to the aid of anyone who was being picked on. In her world, everyone deserved a fair chance. She tried to make sure everyone around her had one.
Jessica loved the outdoors. Whether it be cheerleading, snowboarding with her brother, working on the farm, or practicing her pitching for softball, she tackled it with an enthusiasm that could rarely be matched.,
Jessica loved Spaghetti-O’s, pepperoni, lilies, listening to her iPod and making her friends laugh; not necessarily in that order. Her family and friends always came first and foremost in her heart and mind. She was a girl with all of her priorities in the right place.
Her zest for life extended to academics. Jessica was an honor student, a senior in High School, looking forward to going to college at SUNY. She planned to major in psychology. She was pursuing her greatest ambition, to become a New York State Trooper. Jessica had the world by the tail.
All of that promise came to an abrupt end on February 22, 2008, when Jessica’s parents came home from work to find her dead on the bathroom floor. Their shocking discovery occurred only 2 days after Jessie’s third and final injection of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.
Once again, Gardasil seems to have lived up to their marketing campaign promise. Gardasil has taken one of the best of the best and made her ‘one less.’
Jessica’s mother, Lisa would like to add, “Losing your daughter at the age of 17 is indescribable. It is something that I will live with for the rest of my life. Knowing that it could have been prevented is a guilt I will carry also. Jessie was the All American teenager – happy, healthy, never did drugs or smoked. She was so full of everything life could offer her and did everything life would allow. She participated in all the sports and cheer leading in her school. Jess was an honor student and #8 in her class. I could go on and on because she was someone who I was ALWAYS proud to call my daughter. She was the best of the best and was on the road to becoming a success story in today’s world. Now she is gone and my life is empty without her.
Gardasil killed my daughter Jessie and it is my hope that Gardasil will end soon, so no other family has to suffer with losing their daughter.”