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Sunday, October 11, 2009

My heart aches...


I have posted before about my best friends daughter "Shea" and what a terrific girl she is.This post is one of the most serious ones I have done and it is the MOST important. I have Sandy's blessing because she and her husband Dennis are determined to get the word out. Shea was 16 when her doctor suggested that she receive the HPV virus shots. Sandy didn't agree because Shea was not going to be sexually active. Each time she saw the Dr for cheer physicals or checkups they would push the importance of young girls receiving the immunization to guard against cervical cancer.She was told "all the doctors give it their own kids" So she agreed. Within two months Shea was experiencing side effects, and within a year she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Sandy never put the two together until she just happened to meet a lady who had Rheumatoid Arthritis.Sandy shared with her that Shea had just been diagnosed. The lady asked if Shea had received the Gardisal shots? Sandy replied yes why? The lady had a very serious look and told Sandy to go home and Google it. Sandy did and the results were shocking and devastating! There are thousands of young girls who have horrid side effects and Erin Brockovich is heading up a class action law suit. But yet the commercials keep playing...And the doctors are still pushing the immunization. I realize that not all young ladies who receive Gardisal will have these side effects but it is crucial that everyone knows the risks involved!
Sandy has shed many tears about allowing her daughter to immunized. This morning while we talked we both cried as she was describing Shea's prognosis. Her arthritis has worsened so much that she is now on heavy duty pills to keep her hands from becoming disfigured and to keep the arthritis at bay. She has many days when she is in so much pain she cant even get out of bed. This was a healthy girl who ran track and would ride her bike to the beach and back with friends. It is absolutely heartbreaking!
I know many of you who read my blog believe in the power of prayer so I ask you to please keep them in your prayers! Pray that the Lord would sustain Shea and strengthen her system to fight off this disease. Pray for Dennis and Sandy as they pursue the best doctors for the perfect treatments. The side effects of all the drugs she now needs to take are taking their toll on her little body too.Last week her migraines were unbearable. And please if you know anyone who is thinking about giving their daughter Gardisal please tell them to do their homework first and not simply follow their Doctors advice. My heart is so heavy today as I write this, but I am hopeful that we all will keep them in our prayers and that God has her in His mighty grip!


Gardisal In the News
Gardisal In the News

8 comments:

Saranne said...

They are all in my prayers....what a terrible thing...

Blessed said...

That is so scary because I think of my doctor pushing it on me and I was already married and obviously not really in need of it! I said no because I was worried it would possibly affect my fertility in the future ... But my heart just breaks and we will def be praying!

It makes me think about the whole H1N1 vaccine too. We are eligible having a baby under 6 months but who knows in a year what we will know about it..

Prayers prayers prayers

Sarah said...

I have never heard of this. Thank you for sharing with your readers, and I will be praying.

Cougarnana said...

Oh Karen, I'm so sorry about Shea, what a beautiful girl. All of my daughters are facing this issue now since they each have daughters of their own. I got right on the phone and called Kaci (her daughter is 13) to ask what her plans were. She said her doctor has already recommended Gardisal and Kaci has said NO (thank heaven). I was so relieved because I haven't heard much about it and was so happy for your information. I will pass the word along to my other daughters, I wish your friend had had someone to warn her. I will add Shea to my prayer list TODAY!

Happy Hour...Somewhere said...

Oh, Karen, all my hopes for Shea. How heartbreaking. Teddy Bear came so close last year to getting those shots. She already has problems with her joints...familial...and now maybe her guardian angel was watching out for her. Tell Dennis and Sandy they will have many people thinking of them and sending prayers their way. I will talk to my brother and his wife and see if they know anything that might help, too.

Ashlyn Carter said...

praying for sweet shea!! i know only the Lord can heal her..and He will!

Chloe Krikac said...

What a beautiful post. My heart absolutely aches with you. I am so proud of Sandy and the stance that she has taken against this. Keep going Sandy and Shea! We are all praying for you, and love you dearly!

Karen Carter said...

Thanks so much everyone. I would call Sandy every time a comment came in and read it to her.It means so much to know that you are praying and sending along good thoughts.She got to talk to the reporter today who did the KTLA story and she said her phone has been ringing off the hook with stories of very adverse reactions. One lady's daughter is now epileptic.She told her she would rather her daughter battle the cervical cancer than what she was going through now. Very sad stories about this immunization. Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts It means so much!