Gardasil Changed My Life

HPV Vaccines: My Journey Through Gardasil Injuries


By Elizabeth Wagner, Minnesota

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September 25, 2013

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. 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.

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.

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 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 and getting my thoughts out.

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. 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. 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 explanations and ultimately came to the conclusion that all of my issues were “depression”. They prescribed me many anti-depressants, antibiotics, muscle relaxers and anti-anxiety meds. Of 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 final decision made there was again that I was “depressed” and all of my health ailments were caused by this. I was beginning to lose hope. I knew without a doubt that all of my issues were not in my head.

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 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. It has caused nearly 30,000 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 and finally, I am now seeing a doctor who specializes in vaccine injury using homeopathy. More specifically, CEASE therapy.

Thankfully, 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. I never imagined that in one moment, in one injection, in one foolish decision, my life would change forever.

I now have a son of my own. 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.



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