“Everyday is a battle” – Teen’s Life Forever Changed After HPV Vaccine, Bravely Shares Her Story with The World
At 12 years old Chloe Brookes-Holder was a happy and healthy pre-teen. She danced almost daily, hoping to make it her career one day; she hiked and led an active lifestyle.
That all changed after her second dose of an HPV vaccine.
After the shot, Chloe started to notice unusual symptoms, which later transformed into never-ending cycle of debilitating chronic health issues.
Nevertheless, she has been battling for her health for the last six years, and she believes it would not have happened without the HPV vaccine Cervarix, of which she received a course of three injections between November 2010 and June 2011.
Brooks-Holder is from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in the UK, and the family says her doctor believes the shot created an autoimmune response causing her body to attack itself. She first started noticing symptoms between her second and third shot, during which she was reportedly diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
She hopes to use her time to spread awareness about the risks that come with the vaccine.
She currently has myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome, a complex degenerative neuro-immune disease.
Its symptoms are a complete physical and mental exhaustion, muscle pain, and cognitive disabilities. It can occur after a viral infection or a trauma such as a brain injury or a chemical exposure.
Chloe also suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS, a condition responsible for fast heart rate and light-headedness.
“Everyday is a battle against the never-ending symptoms against pain, random and exhausting fits, mast cell reactions, the agony when meds, feed and water is pushed down my tube.
Then there’s the war with the invisible aspects people don’t see: nausea, migraines, vision problems, light and noise sensitivity, the multiple injection wounds from injecting daily to reduce blood clots.
You don’t see the paralyzed stomach or delayed motility of my GI tract, the raw inflammation and ulceration in my colon, the over active nerve endings, blocked signals in my brain and spinal cord, and of course the intense chronic pain that you don’t always see in public because of the ‘stay brave and cry later face.’”
Over the years she also suffered from paralysis, and now has been unable to move her legs for more than two years.
“My heart bleeds with the torture knowing I may never walk again, let alone dance again,” she writes.
Today, at 18 years old, her future and her health are uncertain.
There are many comments on her Facebook page from families of those who share Chloe’s story:
“My daughter has been fighting the toxins of the vaccine for the past four years. She was in the hospital for fifteen days after the first dose…complete paralysis with the worst muscle weakness.” – Lizzette N.
“…My daughter had the HPV shot and had some of the reactions you have had. It was horrible.” – Nachelle H.
“This vaccine is what killed my friend’s roommate 3 minutes after her second injection.” – Annie F.
Others share their opinions on the issue:“This vaccine is unfit for anyone and should be taken off the market.” – Karyn M.
“May [this] bring some understanding to others that there is an issue with vaccine safety that needs desperately to be looked into.” – Tanya M.