HPV Vaccines: My Journey Through Gardasil Injuries

By Elizabeth Wagner, Minnesota

Gardasil changed my life.

Gardasil changed my life.

I thought an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure. Little did I realize how my simple decision to add Gardasil to my cancer prevention strategy would result in so many new health conditions. Sometimes, I wish it were possible to get unvaccinated.

Prior to Gardasil, I was an extremely healthy and active 26 year old woman. I was always involved in sports and worked out five times per week. I was enjoying a successful career and on my way up the corporate ladder.  I hadn’t been to a doctor for a single thing in over 5 years.  I had maintained a record of clean health for nearly my entire life.  At the time, I was engaged to be married and I had my whole life to look forward to.
Much like many well-meaning, concerned parents, my mother thought it would be a good idea to get the HPV vaccine in order to avoid the possibility of getting cervical cancer someday. She wanted me to be “one less,” as the commercials claimed.  My doctor did not see the point being I had not yet been sexually active and my soon-to-be-husband had no sexually transmitted diseases.  Even though it did not make much sense to me or my doctor, we went ahead with the first shot of the vaccine series.  My mom was compelled by fear and I followed suit.
I received the first Gardasil shot in May 2008.  Several days after that first injection, I returned to my doctor complaining of hand and joint pain, headaches and nausea.  My doctor did not mention it could be the vaccine causing the pain and sent me to a specialist. The specialist could find nothing wrong with me. Several days later, I also experienced partial paralysis in my right arm, the same arm I received the vaccine in.  I could not move my arm or my upper neck.  This eventually went away but was extremely painful.  My doctor again chalked it up to “coincidence.”
Months went on and I kept feeling intensely worn down, fatigued, had horrible headaches and just didn’t feel like myself.  I received the second shot and again, I felt very flu-like.  The continuous pain radiating throughout my body felt like burning knives stabbing me in every muscle. The pain was like nothing I had ever felt in my life.  Beyond just the pain, I started to develop a “foggy” feeling in my head.  Everything seemed confusing.  I had a hard time, putting words together forming sentences and getting my thoughts out.  Being a well-educated communications major, this was a new and very discouraging challenge for me.
My immune system was clearly compromised.  I also developed several food sensitivities including gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and shrimp.  Soon after the vaccine, my menstrual cycles became very irregular, I developed endometriosis and an ovarian cyst. I had surgery to remove the cyst and struggled with infertility. Things kept getting worse.  I continued to return to my doctor trying to find out what was wrong with me.
How did I go from a vibrant young woman full of life to a woman who felt trapped in a body that was quickly deteriorating?
Eventually, I was put on disability for three months.  I was so ill, I did not attend any social events or Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2008.  I was unable to function.
The doctors were running out of potential explanations for all of my new medical conditions. They prescribed many anti-depressants, antibiotics, muscle relaxers, narcotics and anti-anxiety meds, which I never took.  During my disability I sought help at Mayo clinic.  While there, I had about 50 appointments with various doctors doing tests, scans and biopsies trying to unwrap what was slowly eating away at my life.
The physicians were suggesting I had things such as MS, Lupus or Lymes.  The final general consensus was that I had fibromyalgia, but one doctor said that my symptoms were all related to depression. I knew without a doubt that all of my issues were not in my head. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia was almost as bad. Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues – for which there is no cure. I was beginning to lose hope.
After seeing about a dozen different doctors including chiropractors, naturopathic doctors and specialists, one doctor finally took the time to sit down and look at all of my medical records to see if we could piece everything together.
By actually printing out everything and laying it down in front of us, it was clear as day that all of my health ailments started exactly when I received the HPV vaccine.  Doing some quick research of my own, I also discovered that the HPV vaccine is well known and documented for being one of the most devastating vaccines made to date.  According to the VAERS database, it has caused over 30,000 reported adverse reactions to women even much younger than I. Many of them have spent years without recovering.
During my journey to re-discover my health, I have changed many things in my life which I believe have helped make me more whole and will aid in my final healing process.  I now eat all mainly organic whole foods, I regularly see a chiropractor, I take probiotics daily, I only take whole organic supplements.
Six years later, there is still not one day that goes by where I am not struggling with my health.  My immune system and general well being is forever altered.  I have difficulty even making plans a few weeks out because I never know how I will feel.  So many people take their health for granted.  Which is something I will never do again. If this vaccine has so harshly altered my health, I can’t imagine the detrimental health impacts it would have on the bodies of young children.  I am thankful I have a voice for all those who are voiceless.
Despite so many obstacles, I am beyond blessed with an amazingly supportive husband in my corner.  I also am surrounded with an extremely encouraging church-family and biological family who have been there for me through so much.  After nearly two years of infertility, The Lord blessed us with a son who is now 3.  His pediatrician agrees that being he is from a mother with autoimmune conditions and a vaccine injury, he is at greater risk for adverse reactions himself.
I never imagined that in one moment, in one injection, in one foolish decision, my life would change forever.
The risks of possible auto-immune issues, allergies, asthma and general irreversible damage are too serious and tragic for me to ignore.  Do your research on every single vaccine before you make an irreversible decision for your children. I know I will.


  1. Tracie Toler Moorman says:

    Thank you so much for having the courage to share your story. Sadly, it is nearly identical to the path my daughter and I have been on for the past two years. She, too, is finding relief and hope in homeopathy. Her homeopath, like yours, read every single page of a bulging, 3-inch, 3-ring binder that held her medical records and put the pieces together. Kudos to your friends and family for being so supportive, that certainly is not always the case. My best to you and your family.

  2. Thank you for telling your story. Your son is very lucky you are his mom.

  3. If you consult a homeopath they will be able to detox the vaccine from your body by giving it back in homeopathic form usually as well as other remedies to help your general health and symptoms, we do this all the time.

  4. if you consult a homeopath they will be able to detox the vaccine from your system using a homeopathic preparation of the vaccine we would usualy prescribe other remedies alongside to help your body recover. We can do this even though the problem occured a long time in the past.

  5. While I do believe that the gardasil vaccine is not a great idea due to the numerous complications, I think you are taking many risks with your sons health. What if he gets some of the major death causing diseases that vaccines were made to resist? Do your research is a correct statement. I hope that your child never gets any infectious disease, but because you aren’t vacinating your child, I am making sure mine are.

    • Because you are subjecting your innocent child to the evil unscience of inoculations, my child is at huge risk from the month long shedding of lab created viruses, well done and well researched! Not forgetting gramps, grandma and all the babies…..Many of us have been researching all evidence for a long time, stories from parents, peer reviewed studies, lab reports, court cases, history of disease etc. I cannot believe that anyone, having read so much information could come to the conclusion that injections are safe, or indeed ‘worth the risk’. Every one of the parents who consented to their child having a vaccine (and plenty didn’t) who are now dealing with an injured child had your view once I suppose.

    • Vaccines don’t work, yet they can harm. Vaccines are so harmful that the US Government in 1986 made it illegal for anyone to sue vaccine makers in the event of a vaccine injury or death. Drug companies do not enjoy such immunity. However you can sue the US Government for vaccine-caused injuries. If vaccines don’t cause autism or death, why then has the US Government paid out $2 billion to victims of vaccine injuries since 1988?

      History tells us that vaccinated people still get the disease when it comes around. Human health does not come from a drug or a vaccine or an insurance company. Medicine can’t cure cancer yet; how can anyone believe that they have a vaccine that can prevent cervical cancer for the next 20 to 30 years for you. The shocking truth is: Modern Medicine gives us some whole truths, some half truths & some whole lies. Do your research & stop believing in lies.

    • Katie, to each his own. God gave these children to just the right parents who will ALWAYS have their children’s best interests at heart. I think with her own history of vaccine-induced illness, it’s a smart choice to protect her own child from the never-ending list of toxic vaccinations being injected into children today. You do your own research & you will realize these “vaccine preventable diseases” are nothing more than a fear-mongering tactic used to scare vulnerable new parents into vaccinating their children to “protect” them. All babies need for protection from disease is mother’s milk. Vaccines were created to mask the deadly effects of formula-feeding infants (which strips them of their natural immunity). After toddlers wean from the breast they are fully capable of fighting any of the common childhood diseases (which provide protection against more harmful pathogens & cancers developing in organs later in life)… But I digress.

      Previous poster, the CEASE therapy is homeopathic detox. So glad she found that route, it will help lead her back to restored health!!!

    • To Kate: Your remarks don’t make any sense. You’re vaccinating your child because the author of this article isn’t? I sure hope you do your own research into “herd immunity”. To counter, I hope your child doesn’t suffer any adverse reaction to his/her shots. Adverse reactions don’t always show up right away so keep that in mind. The chances of our children suffering debilitating life-long effects from childhood diseases are slim. Much slimmer than them suffering the same from a so-called “safe” vaccine.

      “It is preposterous to think that a child who is vaccinated no longer carries the bacteria or the viruses that they have been vaccinated against. If, in fact, children are vaccinated, then why are parents and public health authorities afraid that non-vaccinated children are somehow carrying something that their children are not, when they should feel comfortable that their children are vaccinated? You can’t have it both ways…

      You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense”. -–Dr. Palevsky, board certified pediatrician.

    • You should do your own research and learn to think for yourself. Here’s a quote from Dr. Tenpenny M.D. that sums up all this insanity. “ I really think that 50 years, maybe a 100 years from now, social anthropologists will look back at this point in time of medical history, and look at what we were doing in terms of injecting heavy metals, animal DNA, human DNA, chemicals, aborted fetal cells into these little children and somehow thinking that was going to keep them healthy? I feel that social anthropology will look at that in the same way we look at bloodletting, leaches, trephination (boring holes into peoples’ skulls to let out the bad spirits). I believe they will look at this as the biggest crime against humanity, of somehow scamming young parents into believing that this was something necessary to keep their children healthy.”

    • Michelle . says:

      my 14 yr old unvaccinated daughter is a picture of health and happiness, all her vaccinated friends are sick run down and depressed, its bloody scary, I would never put this filth in her or me and I am always telkling my friends at least now they are starting to listen 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing your story. You are smart to NOT vaccinate your son. If you can’t trust the doctors who promoted this shot, how can you trust the them to vaccinate your son?? If you research all those childhood diseases which I’m sure you did, you’ll see that many are treatable and not deadly and the child gets lifetime immunity. I didn’t vaccinate my boys (ages 9 & 11) and they are WAY more healthy than their peers. No allergies, asthma, diabetes, learning disabilities, etc… like their peers. When they do get sick they recover quickly. All my friends vaccinate their kids and I always hear about how sick their kids are and they have to take off work etc.
    I wish you the best and a lifetime of health!

  7. Please watch the video ‘What’s Really In Vaccines’

    For an eye-opening report from the International Medical Council on Vaccination, go to:

  8. 10 outrageous (but true) facts about vaccines the CDC and the vaccine industry don’t want you to know

    Please watch the video ‘What’s Really In Vaccines’

    For an eye-opening report from the International Medical Council on Vaccination, go to:

  9. 10 outrageous (but true) facts about vaccines the CDC and the vaccine industry don’t want you to know

    Please watch the video ‘What’s Really In Vaccines’

    For an eye-opening report from the International Medical Council on Vaccination, go to:

  10. I don’t understand why you got this vax. You were on the very upper end of the age range, not sexually active. You were entering into a monogamous relationship. (I’m curious if they actually tested your future husband for HPV, they usually don’t when testing for STDs) Anyway, your risk of getting HPV was low. Your doctor didn’t think it made much sense to do it. I am VERY pro vaccine (in fact the only reason I’m here is because I clicked a link through facebook), but I wouldn’t recommend my own daughter get it under those circumstances.

    You say that 30,000 women have reported adverse reactions. Where does this number come from? Even VAERS only lists 22,000 adverse reactions through March 2013. And the VAERS data almost certainly overstates the prevalence of reactions. Right now, I have a cold and cough. I’ve had it for 4 weeks. If I had happened to have gotten a vaccine recently, I could report it to VAERS as a reaction. People get sick. People also get vaccines. Some of the time sickness and vaccines happen around the same time and people mistake sickness for a vaccine reaction, when really, they just happened to get sick. Second, the number 22,000 means nothing without knowing how many people have gotten the vaccine. Does this represent a 10% rate of reaction? A 0.001% rate? 22,000 sounds scary, until you learn that there have been 57 million doses of the vaccine that most of those reactions have been mild — such as local pain or a mild fever.

    So we have 22,000 reports in 57,000,000 doses, most of which are mild and many of which are probably coincidental. We have studies backing up the safety and efficacy. I’m going to base my decisions on this data rather than your experience. But, since you seem to think people should base their decisions on stories, I will tell a story of my own: My daughter got the entire series of the gardasil vaccine from between ages 11 and 12. Three separate shots, spaced months apart. Each time she got the shot, she left the doctors office with no more than local pain at the injection site. She is the same vibrant girl that she was before the shot — healthy, happy, smart.

    • Vaccines have never prevented anything, apart from health, sanity and common sense, Maureeen. Vaccination is an organised criminal enterprise dressed up as disease prevention by means of junk science. I used to believe in this nonsense as well until I found out that vaccination is a dangerous fraud, child abuse and a crime against humankind.

      Here is the proof that vaccines have never saved anyone’s life:

      Vaccines cause far more harm and many more deaths in developed countries than the diseases they (supposedly) prevent.

    • Clear_Mind says:

      “We have studies backing up the safety and efficacy. I’m going to base my decisions on this data rather than your experience. But, since you seem to think people should base their decisions on stories, I will tell a story of my own: My daughter got the entire series of the gardasil vaccine from between ages 11 and 12. Three separate shots, spaced months apart. Each time she got the shot, she left the doctors office with no more than local pain at the injection site. She is the same vibrant girl that she was before the shot — healthy, happy, smart.”

      I guess if your daughter wasn’t affected then perhaps you are suggesting that all these other stories are made up?

      How utterly insensitive.

  11. Elizabeth, thank you for warning others of the dangers of this vaccine. You already may be aware, but there are titer tests which can be performed to determine immunity. Our younger son was tested this way, after our first son, who has autism, experienced serious reactions to vaccines. Amazingly, our younger son, who had only a few vaccines in infancy, tested immune to all of the viruses for which vaccines are prescribed throughout childhood. The titer test was one blood draw and costs approximately $200. Our family has also benefited from acupuncture for detoxification and balancing, so you may want to consider that as another option for yourself. Best wishes you you, Elizabeth, on your path toward restored health!

  12. Thank you for sharing. I sometimes wonder if vaccinations were the reason my boys have add and ADHD. My nephew had an adverse reaction as well days after receiving hpv

  13. Let us sincerely hope that all those who have received Gardasil and still feel healthy will remain so in the future.
    All of the following statements or reflections have been published in some form in the many SaneVax articles and press releases.

    FDA documents on Gardasil state that 73.3% of girls in the clinical trials developed new medical conditions.
    Gardasil has not been tested for long-term adverse events. Autoimmune conditions, of which there are many may present up to several years after vaccinations. It is almost impossible for doctors to link these conditions with the vaccine.
    Gardasil may cause cancer years after the vaccination. The vaccine has not been tested for carcinogenicity. The strains removed by the vaccine may be replaced by ones which are stronger carcinogens.
    Many girls have abnormal PAP smears after Gardasil.
    There is considerable increase in cervical cancer risk for those previously exposed to HPV.

    The discovery by an independent lab of the presence of recombinant aluminium bound HPV DNA in the Gardasil vaccinated and which is defined as a potential biohazard, may permanently change their blood picture and may lead to malignancies.
    The vaccine has not been tested for genotoxicity. It is not known which genetic changes (mutagenesis) could occur should the residual HPV DNA enter and begin reproducing in a human cell.
    It may not be advisable for Gardasil vaccinated to donate blood due to safety concerns for the recipients.

    Many girls who suffer after Gardasil present symptoms of brain damage.

    The vaccine has not been tested concerning potential injury to the female reproductive system. There are reports of damage to the ovaries. It is also suspected that Gardasil vaccinated may have increased risk of infertility and of giving birth to babies with deformities.
    Blood clots have been reported after the vaccine.

    It is not the case that possible benefits may outweigh the risks. The vaccine has not been shown to prevent cervical cancer. It is not even known whether HPV is the sole cause of the cancer, there may be additional, necessary factors for it to occur. The number and extent of already known risks are of great concern. The number and extent of unknown risks may be astronomic.

    There is gross under reporting of adverse events and manipulation of safety statistics.
    The Gardasil manufacturer Merck has a culture which is known to be riddled with corruption and criminality. There is no logical reason to trust their products.

    Lastly, please remember that we are many here who hope and pray that those who are vaccinated will remain healthy. For the many who do suffer after vaccines we are here to help and to support in every way we can.

  14. northern woods says:

    If you are still having issues with toxicity, Elizabeth, you should look into clay therapy. Maybe your homeopathist could help you with this if they are into it. Clay has amazing drawing power and can pull toxins from the body in short order. I have never used clay internally, although I’ve read about people who do, but I adore the clay mud packs, feet packs, underarm packs, clay baths, etc. There are many ways to use clay externally. There is quite a bit of information on the web about this so I won’t post specific web sites. Anyone can find the info, and there are several great books available on clay and it’s many uses, as well.

    Just a thought.

  15. My first daughter received this shot when she was twelve, she had a period that would not end for over a year after that. They even tried putting her on birth control to stop it. The second shot a couple months later, and the migraines begin, not putting it together yet the third shot came a couple months after that and my daughter could not eat anything. We went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was happening to her and they guaranteed me it wasn’t the guardasil. So without even making me aware at the next visit with my second daughter a year later they administered the shot with her regular vaccines, she was also twelve at this time. As soon as we left on the way home she was crying saying her arm was soar and her head felt like knives stabbing her, through the next couple weeks she complained of shocking knife pains all over body and severe migraines, unable to eat without being nauseas. I immediately called the pediatrician and asked if they had administered HPV vaccine and they said yes. I asked why they didn’t ask first like with my first child and they said its standard now. I gave them directions to stop the vaccines on my kids ,and I did not want her having the next two rounds. They said I was making a bad choice. Two years later none of these symptoms have subsided for either child and it makes me so angry that this is out there and the damage it caused to my children. My third daughter is now 13 and never had one dose, she is healthy, happy and never complains. She will never have those shots. You have to be your own voice, if you feel something is not right no matter what people tell you. You know your kids better than anyone else.

  16. As is evident from acupuncture therapy history, there are many benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. The benefits available through acupuncture therapy, however, are dependent on the training of the acupuncturist. Anyone considering acupuncture therapy should make sure the practitioner they seek treatment from is a licensed acupuncture therapist who is certified in treating medical conditions using this type of therapy.

  17. Elizabeth, thank you for sharing your story. You are an amazing woman and an inspiration. Could you tell me the name of your doctor that uses the CEASE therapy? I would like to study this out. I hadn’t heard of it before and I know a lot of good has come from homeopathy in healing from vaccine injuries.

    Thank you, Jen Vranes 🙂

  18. Eva Kathleen Perez says:

    Elizabeth, I can’t tell you how happy I am to have come across your information. I have a 17 y.o. dtr who has experience many as yet unexplained symptoms. Last night I happened across a video on facebook highlighting girls and young women from Dennmark, who reported the exact same symptoms as my daughter. Tears rolled down my face as I watched and Ibcried and prayed myself to sleep. we have seen several specialists inthe recent months. Still no answers. we live in the Twin Cities. Could you please refer to someone whom might help her regain some of her health? Thank You in Advance!!!

  19. I am in no way trying to attack anyone or undermining your experience, but I have received this shot twice now and I have had 0 side effects, not even the ones thy warn you about. This may be due to me living in New Zealand. If you truly want to educate yourself, read some New Zealand articles about Gardasil. New Zealanders have great websites filled with questions from worried people and give information in a neutral and calm manner. Over here it is barely advertised and is not generally talked about, so hearing that it is advertised their shocks and baffles me.


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