Recently, Gardasil researcher Dr. Diane Harper spoke out against the vaccine, warning parents to decide whether the risks are worth it. For many families, the adverse effects of this shot have changed their lives.
This is the start of a series sharing the stories of these brave families.
Here is the story of Brittney Fiste, as told by her mother Roxie.
“Everyone deserves to know the whole truth before blindly rushing out to take an unproven vaccine.”
Tell me about your daughter before the vaccine.
Brittney was always very vibrant, outgoing, active and involved with children and teens at church. She loved to sing, coach the teen girl’s quiz team, teach children’s church and perform in drama/musicals. Britt became involved with paintball her senior year in high school and loved to hike, swim, lift weights and run windsprints as well.
She was an excellent student, completing both her junior and senior years during the 2003-2004 school year.
A severe case of mono when she was fifteen slowed her down and got her behind (she was ill for six months). By 2006 she was feeling better than ever. She hiked sand dunes and park trails to build up her leg muscles and made the Dean’s list at college. As a family we joined a rec center in 2007, as a result of her father’s back surgery – it was a great way for both Brittney and her dad to build up core strength.
What made you decide to get the Gardasil vaccine? (Was there a local mandate, or pressure from the doctor, or did marketing play a part in your decision?)
Brittney went to our former family doctor to have a cyst removed fifteen days after her 21st birthday. At that time she was pressured, then frightened into taking Gardasil.
The doctor told her she could be infected by the dangerous forms of HPV by holding hands with someone who was sweating or through a lab accident at college.
How many vaccines did she get before there was a reaction? How long after the vaccine did you start seeing the change in her? How long has it been since the last vaccine?
Within a week after her first injection she had an absence seizure followed by syncope. Since none of us had seen an absence seizure before we did not realize what was happening to her or why.
She explained to us that she couldn’t respond or move during a conversation with a friend. A floating sensation came over her and a darkness closed in on her. Her friend thought she had died since her eyes were fixed and staring, then she slumped over. This occurred at least twice after the first injection that we know of.
She also experienced severe leg pain 11 days after the first shot. It hit her while she was in line at an amusement park. The pain was so intense it knocked her down. She described the pain as her legs being hit by by a sledge hammer over and over again. A friend had to help her since it took her breath away and she couldn’t think straight. This sensation lasted 15 minutes. The pain left, but would return in low levels on and off during the next couple months. She would have to rest on occasion while hiking due to the dull pain in her legs. (Three weeks after the initial injection Britt began to lose control of her temper – something we hadn’t experienced with her before. She told me later that there was indescribable pain in her body that made her feel like she was coming out of her skin.)
Within a week of receiving the second injection of Gardasil she began to experience head “pressure”, not pain, at first. After three weeks the head pressure built up to the point her jaw became so tight she could barely open her mouth when speaking. Then fluid built up on the back of her neck at the base of her skull. The divot at the base of her skull filled in and has remained this way for two years.
Besides the pressure and fluid build-up, Britt experienced swelling in her face, micro strokes, loss of balance, nausea, severe hammering leg pain constantly, eventual loss of leg use, sensitivity to light, highly sensitive hearing and taste – as well as super sensitivity to touch. She began having burning, prickling and tingling sensations in her legs and arms, head and tongue. Brain fog came on and then her pupils became abnormally large. Her vision blurred and is to this day.
She has abnormal pupillary function as well. During the next several months she went from the absence seizures to full tonic/clonic seizures. She was seen in emergency during the first three weeks after the second for the fluid build up at the base of her skull (no diagnosis) and then spent a week in a well known clinic when one specialist concluded she was having some sort of neurological problem (GBS). She was released with no diagnosis again after five days. She was confined to a wheelchair for a long time. There is also a suspicious rash that covered her shoulders and back after the second shot. Her GI tract became inflamed to the point she could barely digest any foods. Her weight dropped to such frightening levels we feared for her life.
Britt did not receive the third injection. She needed help getting dressed, taking a shower, needed all of her meals brought to her and someone had to be with her at all times.
A friend of Britt’s sent us some info about side effects to Gardasil around the time she was seen at the clinic. No one took this new Gardasil info seriously except us. Since Brittney couldn’t read at this point, I began to research everything and anything I could find about Gardasil. That was the fall of 2007.
From September 2007 to December 2008 I would be up all hours with my daughter due to pain, burning prickles, creeping numbness in her legs, severe head pressure that left her unconscious, and frequent seizure activity. My sister came to stay often, just to give me a break. We would both work on her legs and arms, massaging them for hours trying to stop the numbness/ paralysis from winning.
My daughter began a journey that changed all our lives as a family after Gardasil. We couldn’t go anywhere as a family, or do the most ordinary of activities due to Brittney’s worsening condition. Her father has been devastated by what has happened to his little girl.
What is your daughter like now? What challenges are present in her life and how has your life as a parent changed?
As of this writing, Brittney no longer has seizures. I read where a vitamin deficiency could cause seizures, along with other physiological conditions other than Epilepsy. Several doctors tried to tell us that if it isn’t epilepsy, it’s a conversion disorder. This only made me more determined to prove them wrong. I upped Britt’s doses of vitamin D complex and B complex. The result was no more seizures.
Brittney can now dress herself again, take showers (though I monitor her progress out of fear) on her own, and has been able to walk with cuff crutches for up to 1/2 an hour on very good days. Her legs are numb from the knees down – she has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. Her legs still give out without warning, hence she’s never left alone. Her eyes are still blurry, the abnormal pupillary function continues and she always wears sunglasses in bright light. Head and neck pressure continue to be a severe problem.
We are currently looking for a neurologist who can help with the spinal fluid flow. This is problematic as she has seen so many neuros in our area who told us she was fine or had mental problems.
Britt now has a great Chiro/nutritionist/homeopathic doctor who has helped her GI tract issues and brought some of the pain under control. This doctor placed her on the gluten-free/casein-free/refined and artificial sugar-free diet that has improved many other Gardasil victims. She is now back to where her normal weight should be and is maintaining it.
Why is it important to you to speak out against Gardasil?
This vaccine is genetically modified, full of dangerous fillers that trigger frequent auto-immune disorders that bring prior conditions and/or latent issues to the surface. Brittney’s mono was reactivated to an unheard of level and the myocitis returned in an aggressive manner. The head/neck pressure and spinal fluid problems are a puzzler for everyone, at least to date.
Also, this vaccine has a very short research period and there is no proof that it really is effective against cervical cancer as the pharmaceutical company advertises it to be. Further, we have been in contact with many other Gardasil victims with many of the same symptoms as Britt. I’ve consulted with several doctors and vaccine research scientists who do not believe that Gardasil is safe or effective. Too many girls have not only been injured, but have died after receiving this vaccine.
Yes – everyone deserves to know the whole truth before blindly rushing out to take an unproven vaccine.
Image: provided by the Fiste family. That is Brittney on her 21st birthday.
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