Today’s letter is in honor of Vaccine Injury Awareness Month. It’s needed. It’s time to say this…from a mama who (thankfully) doesn’t have any vaccine-injured children, to those who do.
Dear Moms of a Vaccine-Injured Children,
I’m so sorry.
This is the first thing I have to say to you, because you don’t hear it often enough. Too often, you’re told that your child is not vaccine-injured. That you made it up to “blame” someone for your child’s challenges. That vaccine injuries just don’t happen. And worse, you’re insulted, belittled, mocked. It’s unbelievable that people treat you that way, when you did what you were “supposed” to and vaccinated your child. Your child is the “one” who suffers, who “took one for the team” and your child’s sacrifice is denied. It adds insult to injury — literally.
Can I just tell you how insane I think this is? You listened to the doctors. Got your child vaccinated. Thought of the “good of society.” And yet, your child is the one who struggles. No one is helping you. No one else is responsible for what your family struggles through every day. They don’t even treat you with respect because you did what you were supposed to. They treat you like trash.
And now, that maybe you’ve chosen to vaccinate your future children on a selective or delayed schedule, or not to vaccinate at all, they call you names. They’re nasty to you. They want you to take on that risk again, to possibly allow your other children to be injured too, for their own personal satisfaction. I can’t think of anything more selfish than that.
You don’t have to worry about those people. It’s incredibly sad that they even exist, but they honestly don’t matter. Their opinions are nothing.
The second thing I want to say to you is, you’re strong.
You’re strong to wake up every day, knowing that your child is sick. Your child is struggling. Your child may even be violent at times, towards you and others. And yet, you remain committed to helping him or her. You cope with the difficult symptoms and behaviors with calm, and often even with a happy spirit – you’ve accepted your circumstances. That’s so amazing.
You’re strong to face people who don’t understand your struggles. Those who shy away from talking about or being around your child. Those who may stare or point at your child in public because of strange behaviors or meltdowns.
You’re strong to step outside the mainstream and look for answers to help your child. To try diets and supplements and other treatments that doctors refuse to study properl because you know that others have had success, and you might too. It isn’t easy to go against what most people do.
You’re strong for trying to heal your child. For successfully healing your child, in some cases, when they said it couldn’t be done! I know that, for many kids, it can happen, mama. And if you’re not at that point with your child, keep going. You might be there someday. I sincerely hope that you are.
I also hope that we can get the information we need to prove that this is really happening. So that other parents know, and can make an informed choice about whether or not they want to vaccinate. So that they know which is the greater risk to their child (since it can differ from child to child). So that they won’t face the mockery and the ridicule for whatever they decide, and especially not if their child is one of the unfortunate ones….
Mama, you and your child deserve to be recognized, for all that you are and all that you do.
I want to help you, mama. I want to give you and your child a voice. Your story deserves to be recognized. Other people need to know that vaccine injury isn’t silent, it isn’t pretend. It isn’t so rare that you’ll never know anyone who struggles with it. It’s real, and it’s a daily part of life.
If you have your story written up, mama, please share a link to it in the comments. I’ll add them throughout the day, so that we have a long list of stories that people can read. So that they can know the truth.
- My Experience with Childhood Vaccines
- In the Beginning: Vaccine Injury
- Autism Survival Story
- Vaccines Caused My Son’s Autism