Autism, Vaccines. I Changed My Mind
Three years ago I adopted an 18 month old baby girl named Jordan. I have 8 other older children of which all have been immunized. I was one of the parents that preached to people the importance of vaccination. That was until I was faced with a conflicting reason not to. Jordan was diagnosed with Autism at two and a half years of age. I suspected a problem with her development shortly after the adoption. I waited a bit before making her anymore appointments for immunization shots. After we seen the psychologist it was confirmed that she is autistic. I knew we would do anything necessary to help Jordan to grow and develop into a confident and successful person. Autism is not a life threatening condition in itself but it does cause other things to become a threat. Jordan sees the world much different from my other children do. She lacks the fear necessary to know a dangerous situation. She responds with outburst that can lead to injury. She cannot communicate effectively to others when it could be critical to someone’s life. I think of these things every day, everything we do is planned out in advance; it is analyzed for any potential risk or upset. I feel I have a good understanding of the potential dangers we face on a daily basis and we have been able so far to keep Jordan safe.
With her immunization I felt different. I could not plan out how we would deal with it. I felt powerless over it. There were too many “what ifs” so I made a decision to not continue on with her needles. I felt I needed more than just it will likely be fine “but”. That word is not one that I like in anything that involves my child. So I went against my gut and did not vaccinate until the world became placed under the threat of many suppressed child hood diseases.
We, as a family, decided together to bear the burden of choice over whether or not it was time to vaccinate Jordan. She is almost five years old now and she tends many outside activities with other people every day. It has become impossible for me to prevent her contact with others. I had to step back and think about which I could live with the most if ever faced with the worst case scenario and it was clear. I could live with her Autism in fact I enjoy her and her uniqueness. If immunizing changes her autism it will be easier to work around that than it would be for me to have to watch her suffer an illness that was preventable. I would never forgive myself for not giving her protection from the things we know, to try to save her from the things we don’t know. Autism is no one’s fault but illness sometimes is. We each have the right to choose and I believe we made the right one. “Immunize”
The next choice is up to you!