Kristina's story, as told by her mother, Donna . . .
NOT BORN WITH IT. I was watching 60 Minutes last night, a report about how so many mothers now were addicted to opiates while pregnant. Well, I can assure you, I didn't take ANY drugs before or during my pregnancy. Prescription or over the counter. Never Tylenol. I had absolutely NO health issues. I had a healthy full term pregnancy.
I delivered her on January 1, 1996, naturally in under 4 hours of labor. She was full term and healthy. I took her home in 24 hours. She had perfect Apgar scores and a head circumference which was perfectly normal. I did everything right. She was my second child, who was also born healthy and normal. Both of them were born exactly one week prior to their due dates. And just like my first, one of those things I "thought" I was suppose to do was vaccinate her.
At seven weeks old, weighting 9 pounds, she was given DTAP, HEP B, HIB and polio vaccines. She seemed fine, except for days of high pitched screaming. I did not give her Tylenol. Again at her 4 month and 6 month visits, more of the same vaccines. Again, no fever, no Tylenol. More unusual high pitched screaming and back-arching, which my older daughter had not done. But no one told me this was anything to be alarmed about.
By the 9 month well care visit, her head circumference was off the charts. At that time, I had no idea brain swelling (encephalitis) was an adverse vaccine reaction. She was having staring episodes, the pediatrician just shrugged his shoulders and said " oh, that's absence seizures". I had no idea at the time what that was or that it could have been caused by the vaccines. She screamed constantly, I knew in my gut something was very wrong, yet no one listened. Everyone seemed to just blame that I was a new mother of two babies, and I just needed to learn a "little patience".
At one year, and 8 days, Kristina received the MMR vaccine, and in retrospect, I can see that was the final straw for her. She stopped responding to her name, she started violent headbanging. Total loss of receptive and expressive language. The inescapable nightmare began. The eventual diagnosis "severe, low functioning autism".
It's your choice to believe my story or not. I'm sure there are still many people who believe I must have done something to cause this. I see the stares out in public. I know what they're thinking "I saw that report on 60 Minutes, I bet she was a drug users, and that's why her kid is brain damaged". I was guilty of thinking that way a long time ago too. I never believed vaccines could possibly cause such incredible damage and I'm sure there are people who still don't believe it.
I'm telling the truth. And if you don't believe vaccines can cause autism, then you better be damn worried how and why this can happen to someone who followed all the rules, and did everything right. And don't let anyone convince you autism is just a different way of being, or that it's not a big deal. For some, it isn't. But for some of us, autism is devastating. My daughter can't carry on a conversation, she will never lead an independent life. She needs 24/7/365 adult supervision and will for the rest of her life.
I wouldn't want to see this happening to another family. Not only have I had to watch my beautiful daughter suffer and struggle her entire life, but to deal with the media, the politicians, the medical community, and even other parents calling ME a liar, and that I'm just "looking for something to blame". It destroys me, and I'm sure there are many other mothers just like me that feel the same way.
I ask, if stories like mine have spared you from vaccinating your child, and have spared your child damage.... Please support us. For every one like me who speaks out on social media, there are probably hundreds that are too overwhelmed with taking care of their damaged child to speak out.
I'm not asking for anything other than to be believed. Tell your family, your friends and your neighbors to watch Vaxxed. The CDC and our government KNOW vaccines are causing problems. That's not even debatable. That's why there is a Vaccine Compensation program and a vaccine adverse reaction database set up. The problem is the DENIAL of how often vaccine injury is happening.
Kristina - 2016
No one ever told me there was a vaccine injury compensation program, or that the doctors and the pharmaceutical companies couldn't be sued or held financially liable. No one ever let me read a package insert. No one ever told me the ingredients in vaccines, I was told vaccines were just "tiny bits of weakened viruses". Nobody ever told me the Hep B & HIB were JUST added* to the schedule, and that my nieces and nephews born in the 1980s hadn't gotten these vaccines. Nobody ever told me all these vaccines had NOT been tested in combination. Nobody ever told me some of these vaccines were from multidose vials which were preserved with Mercury (Thimerosal). It took me years to realize all the DECEPTION and lies I was told. There wasn't any "autism epidemic" back in the mid 1990s. I'd never even met anyone with autism. And 20 years later, I know the TRUTH now, and I'm still being lied to and told it didn't happen. But it did.