I first learned of Nick Gauthier's story in September 2019. Nick, a PhD level Audiologist, former fire fighter and father of three, had recently moved his family from Michigan to Texas to take a position at Fort Hood. On August 19th, within hours of receiving a Tdap vaccine required for employment, Nick's vaccine injury story began and life, as Nick and his wife Andrea knew it, changed dramatically.
I documented Nick and Andrea's FB updates on the VCPC website so that their story could be shared beyond Facebook. On January 30th, Nick's story was included in Episode #148 of The HighWire. Watch Nick's "Ex-Vax Files" segment below as well as the full interview with Nick and a segment with Andrea in the second video. Since the segment aired, there have been setbacks and last night, February 8, 2020, Nick was hospitalized in respiratory distress. Please keep Nick, Andrea and their family in your thoughts and prayers and check here for updates on Nick's condition.
“If there’s one thing for people to know from this is that it’s not just kids that get hurt. It can be literally anyone. I was the healthiest of my friends, of my family; and there’s no indicators that it’s going to be you.”
Click here for updates on Nick's story.
Despite the fact that Nick has been unable to work and may lose his position at Fort Hood, as you'll hear in the video, Nick has not yet been able to collect Workman's Compensation. If you are able to help financially, click here to donate to "Nick's Medical Fundraiser."
“I took this job down here to give my family a better life. I regret it at this point because it’s changed everything for me. I lost everything I love. There’s a chance I lost my career. I would give anything to go back to that day and just not get that shot."
Nick's story begins at 1:06:34, of HighWire Episode #148.
Nick talks with host Del Bigtree at 1:12:50.
What Nick would like others to know . . .
“Doctors don’t know about vaccines. They know the theory but they don’t know the side effects. They don’t know the ingredients. Heck, a lot of them don’t even know what VAERS is, which is terrifying. So educate yourself because they’re not educating themselves; so that you can make a choice of what goes into your body; what goes into your family’s body; because there are real repercussions if you do have a reaction and no one will ever know who’s going to have a reaction to the vaccine.”
Michael Simms, from Australia, is the father of a vaccine injured son;
and a passionate vaccine risk awareness advocate.
Thank you Michael for this powerful message.
"Autism is easy", a comment that I have heard recently... Easy?? Really??
by Michael Simms
Tell me what is easy about not being able to communicate with your child? Waiting for him to say a few words so you can hear his voice, waiting for him to be able to have a conversation with you. It is all a waiting game, the longest game I have EVER played.
Tell me what is easy about your ten year old being so stressed they cry and cry for hours? He works himself into such a tizzy that you cannot touch him or cuddle him, when you know that is exactly what he needs.
Tell me what is easy about watching your child lash out because you don't understand what they want or need?
Tell me what is easy about seeing your child bang things on their head or the walls, out of pure and utter frustration, and you still cannot figure out why?
Tell me what is easy about seeing your child being isolated because they have a neurological condition? Being labelled the "bold child" because they have a meltdown in public. Or being labelled "weird" because they flap their hands and hum when they are excited.
Tell me what is easy about not knowing what the future will bring? Waking up in the morning you do not know what is facing you, and the fear of looking to the future eats you up inside, so you block it out instead.
Tell me what is easy about the loneliness of being a parent to a child with autism? "Friends" walk away, people stare at you, the judgers, the comments people pass. People pull their children away from him in playgrounds because he is "different" and god forbid they might "catch it".
Tell me what is easy about the constant worry you have. The fear of leaving them out of your sight because they cannot tell you if something happens. The worry when they cannot tell you if they feel sick or hurt them self. The heartbreak you feel on a daily basis because their life is not meant to be this hard.
There is NOTHING easy about Autism.
There is nothing great, nothing rosy in the garden.
It is hard, and it does not matter if you are in your twenties or in your forties, it is HARD.
It is the biggest challenge I have come across in my life, and there are some days where you just want to lock yourself in a room and hide. There are some days where someone just has to look at me and I cry. There are some days where you can take on the world and other days where you want to hide from every other human being.
This does not mean that I love my little boy any less, I worship the ground he walks on.
It does not mean that I don't have goals and dreams for him, because I do. I have the biggest dreams in the world for him, and I will help him to achieve everything he wants to do.
It does not mean that my little boy is “weird" or "bold" he is simply wired differently.
He is AMAZING, but everyday life is harder for him.
So yes, looking from the outside Autism might look "easy", but before you make a quick judgement, before you decide you could do our job with your eyes closed, and before you question why sometimes we cry at the blink of a hat, put yourself in our shoes for the day. Put yourself in the shoes of a parent to a child with Autism, and come back to me. Come back to me and tell me how it really is.
The Truth with Myk Simms
Also read Just Asking...by Michael Simms
One year ago today, Haleigh Jenna Golden, a 20 year old senior at the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences, tragically passed away as a result of a vaccine related seizure.
Below is a compilation of posts shared by Haleigh's mother, Rishanne Golden over the last several months...
Haleigh Jenna Golden
July 29, 1998 - November 6, 2018
"We lost our precious and vibrant daughter to a pediatrician recommended vaccine in preparation for college. All of our lives, we unfortunately blindly trusted what we have been told and thought we were protecting our children. Little did we know these neurotoxic vaccines have been continually harming our girls."
"Tragically, our gorgeous 18 year old began having seizures after receiving the meningitis vaccination and after learning what happened while working in functional/naturopathic medicine, we began a protocol to slowly detox our beautiful Bearcat! Haleigh so wanted to live the life she deserved and she walked with such courage and positivity and choose to utilize a great number of support tools in order to recognize healing, all while trying to enjoy her life as a college student."
"Making progress, we unexpectedly and tragically lost our sweet girl November 6, 2018. Both of our girls are the absolute light in our life, and the very beats in our hearts, and we are all beyond devastated with the loss of our child and only sister. Knowing her injury and passing was absolutely senseless, completely preventable and occurred only because of the corruption, greed and fraud behind this evil agenda deeply adds to our agonizing pain."
"Our daughter was an amazing young lady! She was kind, generous, funny and so dedicated to learning. Haleigh was a double major/double minor graduating in 3 years from the University of Cincinnati and she loved being a UC student! She so enjoyed her collegiate life and planned to create some type of outreach following graduation. She even spoke of someday writing a book that would be geared toward young teens so to provide a scope of thought and dialogue with parents, asking each to properly grasp what was truly being injected into their bodies."
"We always believed we would be sharing Haleigh's healing success story and doing outreach together. Since that is no longer possible, our family has chosen to be our lively girls voice and we stand to share her truth. Attempting to honor Haleigh's life, and love her from this world, a website has been created and is managed by her older sister."
Michael Simms, from Australia, is the father of a vaccine injured son.
Thank you, Michael for "just asking" and for permission to share your simple and powerful message. Love and prayers for you and your little boy.
Why when I asked for the vaccine insert was I given a promotional flier?
Why when I noticed immediate changes in my son after vaccinations did multiple doctors tell me nothing is wrong with him and he may be deaf?
Why are vaccine injuries never on the news but every single case of measles is?
Why are other countries cutting back their vaccines while we are increasing ours?
Why are doctors not allowed to speak against vaccines?
Why does nobody know where Autism comes from, and why is it increasing so much?
Darcy, from Austraila, was not quite two months old when he passed away, just one week after receiving his six week vaccines. He leaves behind his heartbroken mother and father and his little twin sister. The following is Darcy's story, in words and photos, as shared by his mother, Brooke.
21 January 2019 - 18 March 2019
Darcy is a twin to his little sister, Jada...
He was born premature at 35 weeks. Perfect and healthy. Here in Australia NSW, vaccines are to be given at 6 weeks not corrected age. Both my babies received their 6 week needles at 1 week corrected age.
After Darcy and his twin sister Jada had their needles, Darcy had come down with a fever. I was told by the doctor and nurse to give him some Panadol. I did, and everything was fine after that. He was back to his usual self in no time.
"Best friends...We miss you so much Darcy."
One week later on March 18, 2019, I woke up around 6am for Darcy’s feed time. Everything was fine...completely normal and his usual self. Darcy finished his bottle, nappy change, and burp and we both went back to sleep.
I then woke up around 10am to roll over and find my son pale, cold, milk stain around his mouth and a reddish bubble hanging out of one of his nostrils. I rubbed my eyes, thinking I was having a bad dream.
I started screaming and my partner woke up. I already knew and I felt sick struggling to catch a breath. I picked my son up and was screaming “Darcy, Darcy wake up” JUST WAKE UP..
Sweet Andi passed away just two days after receiving her six month vaccines. Like many babies who have died shortly after vaccines, her death was classified as SIDS. This past July 7th -- the 9th anniversary of Andi's death -- her mother shared the following message on Facebook; and like other mothers (and fathers) who have lost a child to vaccines, Andi's mother shares their story to protect other children and families from the harm and heartache that vaccines can and do cause.
"In spite of my grief, the will of my heart is to remain open...Today is the anniversary of Andi’s death. Andromeda Grace Whitney, beautiful, perfect, loved...Please take a moment to educate yourself on vaccines, the possible adverse effects, the illnesses they are meant to protect against, and the treatment protocol for those illnesses. Then look further at the CDC list of who should NOT be vaccinated against those illnesses. If our pediatrician had taken a simple family history, we’d still have our child."
December 23, 2009 - July 7, 2010
"Her last vaccines were July 5, 2010. I could never remember the date of her vaccines, just that when the coroner asked, I told him she had just had them."
In 2018, Andi's mother shared their story on the Circle of Mamas website. It is shared here with her permission.
SIDS After 6 Month Vaccines
Today marks the 8th anniversary of our daughter’s death, following her six-month vaccines. Here’s our story.
We were blessed with a daughter when our son was five-years-old. She was beautiful -- a little doll. When she was born, she had a head full of black hair, and a wise look in her blue eyes. She was so loved. Not only by our immediate family, but at my school (26 children) as well as the Martial Arts studio, where my husband taught.
Our daughter was strong, just beginning to crawl, smart and opinionated. I remember thinking,“Here we go again!” Because her brother was spirited as well.
While I was pregnant, I received vaccines for dtap, flu, and swine flu. Our daughter was vaccinated according to schedule on time, every time. She died of SIDS following her 6-month well baby check up. She had her six-month shots two days before she died, July 5.
That morning, I woke before everyone in the family, to get ready for the day. She stirred for a moment, I settled her back down to sleep (she usually slept a bit longer in the mornings). I hauled the trash cans up our driveway, came back down to shower. When I came back to the room to change (15 minutes from when I left her), she was in bed, arched back, and not breathing.
I started CPR (my daughter was actually at my most recent CPR training with me), called to my husband, he took over as I called 9-1-1. The operator was reassuring as she was giving the instructions that we were already familiar with.
Take just six minutes to listen to this powerful, beautiful, heart wrenching true story about a mother and her son, as told by artist, Benny Wills. Please share.
About two years ago I first read a post about Jayden that his mother, Michelle, shared on Facebook. Almost immediately, this sweet little boy and his devoted family worked their way into my heart; and I've wanted to compile a blog post about them for quite some time.
Like many other parents of severely vaccine injured children; when the conventional medical establishment gave them little hope or options for recovering Jayden; with relentless determination, in depth research and unwavering faith in God, Jayden's mom and dad found ways to recover their son. In addition to being Jayden's primary caregiver, while raising his very bright and busy older sister, and operating a home-based business, Michelle still finds time to keep her social media family updated on Jayden's progress and setbacks.
It is extremely disturbing that children and families like Jayden's; get ignored by pro-vaccine advocates and legislators who cling to the belief that vaccines are "safe and effective" and push for vaccine mandates and repeal of vaccine exemptions.
Thank you Michelle Marie and Dave for your inspiring faith; for sharing your sweet Jayden with all of us; and for speaking out to educate and protect others. The following post from Michelle, along with photos and videos summarize Jayden's story; and tell the very real truth that vaccines can and do cause serious harm and heartache. Read, watch and share and please keep Jayden, and all vaccine injured children and their families in your prayers.
"Every day I pray that more eyes will open to what is really going on in the world."
by Tara Niebaum
"That one family who was willing to tell me their story of vaccine injury likely changed the course of my entire life and the lives of my three children."
In 1996, when I was pregnant with my first child, I walked into church one day and saw a child and a family I had never seen there before. The little girl was wheelchair bound, had a trach, could not hold her own head up or clear her throat. I don't know that I'd ever seen a child in such a severe condition outside of a hospital
I remember introducing myself to the family and asking if they were open to explaining to me their little girl's diagnosis. I will never forget the mother looking at me and saying, "I can't really tell you but, my sister is right there. Ask her.
Her sister began to tell me about how this little girl had been a perfectly healthy baby right up until the day that she received her MMR at 12 months. Within hours, she developed a fever in excess of 108, began seizing, and ended up permanently and severely brain damaged. She explained to me that the family had been awarded a settlement through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. I knew that vaccines could cause reactions, but I had never heard of anything like this or seen with my own eyes such a tragic outcome. I was speechless.
"I don’t mean to be arrogant in my beliefs. I don’t have all the answers. I just know that the Lord wouldn’t let me rest in silence."
by Joni Beth Waldroup
I see your cartoons and your posts about people who are questioning vaccines. I was you, just a little over 3 years ago. I saw it as a black and white issue with no room for debate. I thought ugly thoughts and stated my opinion plainly. I thought I had read the science, which of course was me reading abstracts of a handful of industry-funded, cherry-picked studies that did not contain true inert placebos. I read the CNN articles. I looked at the CDC website. I knew what the WHO was. There was absolutely no possible way in my mind that getting vaccines involved any risk worth my consideration.
Then my beautiful daughter, Rosie, regressed into autism slowly, incrementally, and profoundly. I denied that vaccines played a role. I just couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to believe it. After a significant decline following a flu shot, I asked the nurse, awkwardly…
“Rosie really tanked after her flu shot. I don’t want to be one of those people, but could there be something to that?”
The nurse took a deep breath, and very diplomatically said, “Vaccines create an immune response in the body and if her immune system was poor or struggling, it could affect her negatively.
Say what?! Enter doubt. Rosie’s immune system was terrible. During her short life she had already had many ear infections with multiple rounds of antibiotics. She had even contracted the rare Epiglottitis – two months before getting that flu shot. Epiglottis is “a rapidly progressive bacterial infection of the epiglottis and surrounding tissues that may lead to sudden respiratory obstruction and death” – something the HIB vaccine should have protected her from! Fail.