My name is Lauren, and in 2015 I was severely injured by the HPV vaccine. This is my story.
When I was in eighth grade, my doctor told my mom and I that I should get the Gardasil 9 vaccine. My mom initially declined because she wanted to do more research, but my doctor told me that I would get cervical cancer without this shot. This really scared us, so we agreed that I should get the vaccine. Before Gardasil 9, I was perfectly healthy and had no major health issues.
After the first shot, I didn’t have any noticeable changes in my health. Following the second shot, I began to experience extreme migraine headaches. It felt like there was an intense pressure at the base of my neck. This pressure would then spread upwards and wrap around my skull. It escalated to the point where I would have migraines from the time I woke up in the morning to the time I went to sleep. I also began to experience muscular and joint issues such as muscle spasms, joint pain, lower back pain, and my hips were constantly popping out of place. My digestion was horrible and everything I ate made me nauseous. I developed severe abdominal pain, acid reflux, constipation, and bloating. I also began to experience other neurological issues such as memory loss, brain fog, slurred speech, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, circulation issues, and neuropathy. On top of all of these symptoms, I also started to have hair loss, tonsil stones, rapid weight loss (and then fluctuations in weight), and skin issues. Following the second shot I got my first menstrual cycle, but it never came back.
I went to see my doctor because I was feeling so sick, and he told me that I was just stressed from school. He gave me some medication to subdue my migraines, and while I was there he said that I might as well get the last shot of the Gardasil series. Shortly after receiving the third shot, my parents found me curled up in a fetal position on the couch, barely responsive, because I was having so much pain in my skull. They drove me to the hospital immediately. In the following week, I went through a series of tests and visited many different specialists. I was diagnosed with occipital neuralgia, vaccine-induced encephalitis, secondary amenorrhea, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), leaky gut, hypothyroidism, and tendonitis. Many doctors speculated that I had POTS although I was never tested for this. My blood levels showed extremely high amounts of aluminum. I also had over twenty-five food sensitivities all of a sudden!
At this point it was clear that I was experiencing an adverse reaction to the Gardasil vaccine. My pediatrician filed a report of my injury to Merck, and my parents filed a report to VAERS.
Because of Gardasil 9, I had over 50 absences during my freshmen year of high school. Before Gardasil, I was a successful athlete and played volleyball on a national level travel team as well as the varsity team for my high school. I had to quit playing volleyball due to my health issues. I became depressed, isolated, and basically bedridden. This vaccine completely changed my life.
I met with many, many allopathic doctors, and none of them could help me. I was prescribed pharmaceutical after pharmaceutical, and nothing seemed to subdue my pain. When I felt as if I had hit rock bottom, I prayed for a miracle. Soon after, a family friend reached out to my mom to tell her about a naturopathic doctor who was healing girls who had been injured by Gardasil just like me! Although this ND is normally booked, I was able to get an appointment with him within a week because one of his patients canceled. It was the miracle I was praying for!!
Since that moment, I have been using holistic modalities to heal my body. It has been quite the journey, and it has had MANY ups and downs... but as of today I have successfully reversed about 90% of my symptoms (many of which I was told would be irreversible, life-long ailments!).
Not only have I spent the past five years working hard to heal, but I have been researching health extensively (especially the topic of vaccines).
Now that I am at the point where I feel stable with my health, I want to use my voice to share my story and spread awareness about the dangers of Gardasil and other vaccines. I am an advocate of informed consent and medical freedom, and I want others to have the chance to make informed decisions that I never got to make. It is also my goal to help and connect with those who have been vaccine injured too. I hope that sharing the details of my healing journey will help others reverse their ailments and get their lives back as I did.
Everyday, I am so grateful that my injury was not worse than what it was. I realize how fortunate I am to still be alive and have my voice to speak up about what happened to me. I don’t want what happened to me to happen to anyone else... no one deserves to go through this.
If you have been injured by Gardasil, please know that you are not alone!
If you have found my page because you are researching Gardasil (or other vaccines), please read through the information I share on this site with an open mind. I hope that my story can give you some insight on this topic.
You can follow me on Instagram @healingfromgardasil. I would love to connect, feel free to reach out! :)