This is Lily’s story, as told by her mother.
Lily was born perfectly healthy in 2003 and was a happy, precocious baby who was advanced in meeting all of her developmental milestones. By 9 months old she had been crawling for 2 months and was well on her way to walking.
After her 9 month vaccinations where she received a 4th dose of the Hep B shot, Lily was a different child. She became very clumsy after immediately getting sick after the vaccine. She became agitated and seemed to be in pain all the time in addition to being severely constipated. She went on to receive her 12 month vaccines but continued in a downward spiral of one infection after another, and unexplained crying for hours and hours at a time. She was slowly drifting away from us socially and emotionally as well.
By her 15 month vaccinations, which included the MMR, I remember Lily saying a few days later, “It hurts” and holding her stomach. Within several weeks after, she became completely non-responsive, to the point that we thought she may be deaf. She didn’t utter words for a very very long time. At 25 months old, Lily was diagnosed with autism. We now know too late that Lily suffered all the signs of vaccine injury. We would have realized if we had known to read the package inserts, but we were never alerted by her pediatrician, even though we were in the office almost every week for months.
I can’t begin to put into words how much our family has been devastated financially and emotionally by autism. We have spent thousands and thousands of dollars trying to undo the damage for Lily with biomedical and homeopathic therapies that aren’t covered by insurance. I couldn’t work for many years mainly because I had to be home to oversee therapies because no one else knew how to manage my child. Her siblings have never experienced anything close to a normal childhood because we are prisoners in our own home. We can’t travel anywhere or do anything that a normal family does. There is no Disney World or extended family vacations for us.
Lily has come very far with the help of diet, biomedical treatments, homeopathy and our undying love, but she is still minimally verbal. What breaks my heart is that this didn’t have to happen to her and so many other children.