I have many interests, but I tend to gravitate and read conversations about autism and vaccines when I sit down to read. With all the social media opportunities available these days, it’s quite easy to respond to what I’ve just read. I can chime in, leave a comment and get involved in a variety of online conversations. Unbelievers, trolls and those adamantly opposed to parental choice can chime in too, but for the most part, lots of the other readers and commenters on the pages I’ve bookmarked are on the same page that I am – we believe that vaccines resulted in our child’s autism.
The kind of autism my child has isn’t easy. Having started out life typically developing, it was shocking to see my child tumble onto the spectrum as hard as he did. Now at 13 years old, Ronan’s unable to speak and toilet on his own. He’s prone to wander. Despite being on anti-epileptic medication, he still has seizures. Despite years of therapy, he’s still very delayed. Despite all the hardships, I hang onto hope that some good will come from our family’s autism and vaccine experience.
Vaccines aren’t the only cause of autism, but it’s one that can’t be ignored. Learning that vaccines can result in autism shocks a lot of people. But it isn’t just autism that shocks and concerns parents like me. It’s the vaccine ingredients, the vaccine schedule, the mainstream vaccine rhetoric and also the downplaying of how serious an autism diagnosis is that concerns me. I don’t add my two cents on every autism and vaccine thread or convo pops up on my screen, but I do chime in when I have the time and the energy to participate.
Things I want another parent to know is that I, like so many other parents of children who are vaccine injured, speak from experience. We’re not talking just to hear our own voices, and we’re not volunteering our input of some random topic we’ve never heard of. Vaccines have severely altered many family’s lives. They destroyed my own child’s potential. I speak up about that because I don’t ever want another child or family to go through the negatives that Ronan and my family have.
Sometimes my input is greeted with thanks.
Other times, it’s with angst.
Who does she think she is? Who is she to tell me what to do or not do with my kid? She has no right to butt in my health care choices.
And they’re right. I can’t stop another parent from vaccinating. I can warn them of what can happen if the vaccine fails or if adverse events present themselves though. If given the opportunity, I do that. I offer my insight in the hopes of educating a parent and will do so right up until the moment the needle goes in. But I can’t stop them. That’s why up until that needle could go in, I’ll continue to encourage every parent to…
Know the risks.
Know the facts.
Know their rights.
Somedays I get over zealous and think I need to share those points all day long and with everyone I know. I’m sure some family and friends get a little tired of me stepping on my soapbox. They probably say to themselves, Oh, geez. Here she goes again!