The slice of time remaining between school drop off and a new therapist interview.
Still un-showered, pulling the car into the garage, a million things reeled through my mind. But they’d have to wait. And certainly no Facebook time this morning.
Except then it happened. The radio. The song. The Fray. And everything else faded away.
“Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life
Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
And pray to God, he hears you”
There, between the lines, was my answer. So I sat in the garage – a curiously common birthplace of grassroots ideas – ignoring the passing minutes.
I’ve devoted most of my free time, and some not-so-free time to blogging about my daughter’s biomedical recovery from vaccine-induced ‘autism.’ Sometimes, I steal a few extra moments to write about prevention.
When I do address vaccines, I try to put myself in my own shoes. The shoes I was wearing in 2006 – when our daughter was injured and we listened to her pediatrician for far too long - and I ask, “What would it have taken to reach ME?”
What might a friend have sent me that would’ve saved our family’s life as we knew it?
To that end, I recently made a half-dozen chalkboard images. Reducing vaccine controversy to simple black and white messages captured people’s attention.
But I knew there needed to be more. And as a newly appointed board member at VaxTruth.org, the topic weighed heavily on my mind. How can we expand beyond the “choir?” How can we reach new parents?
Parents who have no idea vaccines can cause harm. Parents who think the issue died with the retraction of Dr. Wakefield’s study. Parents who simply refuse to listen to anyone but their pediatrician.
“As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you begin to wonder why you came”
So there it was. The answer. The mainstream song. The simplified message. All of it.
22 minutes to go.
By the end of my shower, the video I would make played in my head.
Today, it’s here. But not just for you. You already know everything it says and more. It’s for your mainstream friends.
The ones who have no idea their children’s autoimmune or neurologic disorders may very well have been caused by vaccines.
The ones who you have no idea how to reach.
The ones you most want to tell, “Sit down. We need to talk...”
In addition to the video, www.chalkboardcampaign.com features a research section to help parents begin their own vaccine research.
And as always, www.VaxTruth.org is a comprehensive resource, educating readers of the broad-reaching issues vaccines present for our Nation’s children AND adults.
Rebecca Ferguson is the mother to a six-year old recovering from autism. She personalizes their healing journey as she blogs about supplements, treatments and life as recovery unfolds at www.regardingcaroline.com
In addition to the chalkboard video, she's released two videos chronicling Caroline's story and also recently published an e-book about her own remarkable journey to recover a child and change the world, one stone at a time. You can read “Breaking Through” for free HERE.