By Stephanie’s Mother, Jeannie Matthews
I write this story hoping it helps save at least one girl; then our journey will not have been in vain.
I will barely touch the tip of the iceberg; so much has happened over these past 4-5 years. It has been a whirlwind and like a whirlwind – an unwelcome event.
Stephanie was 23 years old at the time of her 1st Gardasil injection. As most young adults, she was working, had her own health insurance and took responsibility for her health and medical decisions. She had been a Type I diabetic since age 10 and knew the importance of taking care of herself.
At her regular check up, the doctor said she needed to get this “NEW” vaccine for humanpapilloma virus (HPV). So our journey began.
Steph received her first shot in June 2008; the second in October 2008. The night of her second vaccine, Stephanie was admitted to the intensive care unit with an acute respiratory problem and sky rocketing blood sugars.
The 3rd injection was in December 2008. Early in 2009, Stephanie took a trip to Mexico. On the way back she experienced uncontrollable vomiting, headaches and body aches. Once again she was hospitalized.
Thinking she may have picked up something while in Mexico, we pressed the hospital and doctors to check for parasites and pathogens. All tests came back negative.
She was hospitalized over and over again with the same symptoms. Test after test revealed nothing. Finally she received a diagnosis of gastro paresis, thought to be a result of her diabetes. Her body was also full of yeast. One gastric empting test came back inconclusive, another came back slow.
Here is the clincher; we did not give any thought to the vaccine because we did not know she had the vaccine. It was not until we started realizing that her symptoms were not exclusive to gastro paresis, that I pressed Stephanie asking what she may have done differently or been exposed to.
This is when she said, “Well, I had a vaccine.” Keep in mind she was an adult who trusted the doctors. She did not think this was relevant – they would not give her something to hurt her.
It would be close to 2 years before realizing what could have caused Steph’s “mystery illness.”
While on my Facebook page, a large flashing ad on the left of my screen shouting ‘One more girl’ got my attention. I clicked on it and found that several girls had the same symptoms. I had so many questions! How was this vaccine tested? What did the package insert say? Did any other of these girls have compromised immune systems like Steph with her type I diabetes? Was it tested on this group of girls? Why do some get sick but not all? Why so many? Why had other countries already taken the vaccine off the market? We felt like we had played Russian roulette and lost.
This was just the beginning of the long, long journey into our Gardasil nightmare. Since this time, Stephanie has been hospitalized over 80 times. She was in for 3 weeks in southern California. This time on a purely liquid diet, hooked up to IVs, gaining weight and still vomiting. She had headaches, a disrupted menstrual cycle, large weight gain, itching, hair loss, body aches, depression, and extreme mood changes. She has had EVERY test in the book – over and over again.
Not one doctor that we encountered has yet to look at, or even consider the vaccine as a possible cause. They have blamed everything from diabetes to being psychologically sick. Some doctors have gone so far as to say they think we are crazy.
Her last doctor in southern California finally looked at some other girls’ stories and the website SaneVax. He threw his hands up and said, “If this were my mother, daughter, sister or aunt, I would go and get a second opinion.”
Keep in mind by this time; Steph has had every blood test, scope, scan and lab test available. All pretty much inconclusive or if it came back positive once, it was not positive again. They pumped her full of anti-nausea meds, antibiotics, fluids, painkillers, and anti-fungal over and over again. Each and every hospital visit we would have to go over the same thing. Each and every time we would get the same treatment.
We were always told by the hospitals, “We don’t fix people here; we just get them well enough to follow up with their primary physician.” I could not get them to understand that she is hospitalized so much that by the time she gets out and gets an appointment with her primary doc, she is sick again and admitted to the hospital. We have had 2nd 3rd and 4th opinions.
These symptoms are brutal. The vomiting is not something that stops on its own and is accompanied by brutal stomachaches as well. Now you tell me, how does a person who is vomiting more days out of their life than not gain weight?
It is almost like she has gone into menopause with the hair loss, mood swings, night sweats, and hot flashes. This vaccine disrupts the entire neurological and endocrine system.
Stephanie’s Cobra insurance ran out, so she is now uninsured and unable to work, with hospital bills over 2 million dollars. I decided to move her to Northern California so she would be closer and maybe get fresh start with new doctors. She had already been hospitalized numerous times in Southern California in 5 different hospitals.
The move north proved to us that the medical field is not willing to take responsibility or go against “Big Pharmaceutical” companies.
To date, Steph spent most of April 2013 in the hospital. We went so far as to have her gall bladder removed hoping this would stop her uncontrollable vomiting. Wrong again. The doctor actually told us, “So what if it is the vaccine, what are we going to do about it?”
Today, Steph is 27 and on disability and Medicare. Still, not one doctor is willing to look further into the possibility the vaccine may have caused her symptoms.
Her visits to the hospital are coming farther apart. There is a series of things that happen before she gets sick. She becomes extremely tired, will “swell up,” get extremely bad migraines and body aches, then the vomiting will start. She will vomit with no food in her system, multiple times a day – for days. This seems to occur about every 3 months.
Stephanie is not alone, there have been over 130 deaths and 29,000 adverse reactions reported. Keep in mind; these are only reported reactions. How many other families have sick adult daughters that have not put two and two together?
Why in the world would anyone want 12 year olds to get this vaccine without having to tell their parents? A 12 year old that became sick from this vaccine without parental knowledge would never be able to connect the two! And their horrible journey into Gardasil prison could begin just that easily.
I just hope that all of our girl’s stories help to get the word out that this vaccine is a killer! One way or another it destroys lives.
Please understand – all 3 of my children had their childhood vaccines. I was not anti- vaccine until this. We feel the medical community has abandoned us. HPV vaccines were “fast tracked” to the main stream medical community without sufficient testing to deem them safe for anyone.
Please do not even consider this vaccine, it has damaged and killed more girls throughout the U.S. and other countries than the disease it was meant to protect against!
If you take one thing away from my daughter’s story, it should be clear as a bell – DO NOT AGREE TO PLAY GARDASIL ROULETTE!