NOTE: I'm so grateful to Ted Kuntz for sharing this letter to his son (who was vaccine injured) and who passed away last month. Ted has been a valued contributor to Age of Autism. We will not stand as the scapegoat of America, we are not the lowest of the low in some sick pecking order of healthcare. We will not allow our loved ones to be ridiculed and diminished. We too are a "minority group" worthy of respect and change.
Here is Joshua's obituary from last month.
KUNTZ, Joshua Anthony July 25, 1984 - February 16, 2017 Joshua Kuntz was a gentle soul that touched many hearts during his thirty-two years. In his soft and quiet way he engaged people with the sparkle in his eyes, his radiant smile, and his invitation to hold hands. Josh lived with significant challenges due to an uncontrolled seizure disorder that began with his vaccine shot at five months of age. In spite of his health challenges and physical limitations, Josh enriched the lives of many with his courageous way of being in the world. Josh deeply loved his mother, Cathy Anthony; his father, Ted Kuntz; and his sister Lani (Virgil) Belo. He was warmly embraced by his extended family of Darlene Fletcher, Natalie Cahill, Nicole Mullin, Grant Fletcher, and their families. During the last four years Josh lived with a beautiful life share family - Parker and Naomi Henderson, Jayla, Parker Jr., Koby, Daysha, Tyra and Cheryn, all who loved him as their own. Ted Kuntz is a member of the Kuntz family of Kitchener. His loss is shared by his family - Kathy and Rick Pope, Jean and Tom Gutoski, Tom and Pam Kuntz, Dan and Christine Kuntz, Jim and Jo-Ann Kuntz, Caroline Getman, and their families. Dolores and Larry Finnegan, now deceased, were wonderful grandparents to Josh. A Celebration of Josh will be held in Burnaby, BC in April. Donations in honour of Joshua can be made to: Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network Society- www.plan.ca Vaccine Choice Canada - vaccinechoicecanada.org
Ted, we are so very sorry. KIM
In Memory of Joshua Anthony Kuntz
July 25, 1984 – February 16, 2017
Thank you for blessing my life with your presence. You were such a gift to me. You touched my heart deeply with your simple acts of love - holding hands, your smile, and the eagerness in your voice when you saw me.
I miss you already.
I know there is joy for you in being released from the constraints and limitation of that body. I know your spirit is soaring and that you are once again reunited with 'all that is'. Nevertheless, my heart aches knowing I will not see you again in this life, hold your hand, or lie next to you.
You made me a better person and a better father. It wasn't always easy, was it! I was angry, afraid, resentful, even in despair at times. It was hard for me to accept your disabilities, your suffering with the ongoing seizures, and the loss of the life you didn't get to live.
Yet, in many ways, you lived an even more remarkable life.
You touched countless lives who benefited by what you taught me and I shared with others. From that perspective your life was a huge success. In your own quiet way you helped to change the world - make it better, more loving, more compassionate and more peaceful.
I knew I would need to release you someday. You lived longer than anyone of us though possible. Our times together were rich. I feel like we experienced more in 32 years than many experience in an entire lifetime.
My heart aches, but it is an ache I gladly accept. The ache is a reflection of the deep love and connection we shared.
Thank you for letting me be your dad.
I love you.
Ted Kuntz is a psychotherapist in private practice, author, and community activist. He lives in Vancouver, Canada. Ted began his activism on vaccine safety and informed consent after his son Josh was severely injured by the DPT vaccine in 1984.
Ted’s best selling book, 'Peace Begins With Me' is a summary of the wisdom he acquired on his journey to make peace with his son’s disabilities.
Ted is an active member of many health and disability organizations, including Vaccine Choice Canada (www.vaccinechoicecanada.com).
Ted is also the author of: How Can I Wake Up When I Don’t Know I’m Asleep?, Making Peace With the Future, 8 Weeks to a Better Relationship, and a contributing author to: The Thought That Changed My Life Forever; Heart Wisdom #2; and Chicken Soup for the Soul – Children With Special Needs.
Ted’s son, Josh, passed away in February 2017.
To learn more about Ted Kuntz, visit www.peacebeginswithme.ca