|photo by Emily Berl for National Geographic|
While I wouldn't say this article does justice to my deep feelings of betrayal by and mistrust for the American public health and medical system, I am grateful to Karen Lowe and Emily Berl for their sensitivity in reporting this story about our family's experiences. It was a tumultuous week for me leading up to and even after being interviewed. Reviewing such a traumatic time and even re-discovering the facts -- that Sophie was vaccinated, suffered a reaction and was then re-vaccinated two times even as her immune system was decimated by high-dosage steroids -- disturbed me on perhaps a deeper level as it came all at once, not tempered by the years and years of crisis and caregiving. As the days go by and the hysterical media as well as more-hysterical citizen scientists, and friends have moved on to what's new and exciting, I feel calmer and less wounded even as I contemplate the draconian calls to coerce the population into vaccinating their children. When I agreed to this interview, my intent was to help to change the tone of the discussion, and while I don't believe the article really addresses my very grave doubts and mistrust in the vaccination program overall, I think it does justice to the need for a more compassionate discussion, and I appreciate that National Geographic has made an attempt to do so.
Here's the article.
And mark my words, there's more to come here.