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Erica Jo

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What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?

Life before I got the injection seems like a dream now. I was raising my 3 sons. I had a job that I loved in my very small town. A job that was hard to achieve and not one I could easily replace. We had just finished renovating an old craftsman house after years of work. I had so many friends and constant activities and travel. Seems like a lifetime ago.

But my 2 year old son was suddenly experiencing repeated blood sugar comas. The specialists at the major hospitals could not figure out why. It was terrifying and a 24 hour a day job to try and keep him alive. Then my employer mandated us to be vaccinated and I felt forced to choose between my job and health insurance that was keeping my son alive…or take the vaccine that everyone repeatedly assured was safe and effective. My life has been forever changed since…

Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.

Within days of getting the injection I noticed i could no longer see things in my center vision. It wasn’t a black spot it was just…gone. It kept getting worse even after seeing a retina specialist and getting treatments. My head started pounding every day and feeling full of pressure. My arm where I got injected started hurting and spread to my shoulder and neck. The pain gets so bad that it’s almost unbearable.

Then after a month or two I realized i could no longer hear things I used to. I saw an ENT who confirmed that I was losing my hearing in both ears also.

I saw multiple neurologists who performed half a dozen MRI and so many blood tests. I had two lumbar punctures. They all confirmed swelling in my brain.

So I have been left with losing half of my vision. Losing hearing in both ears. My brain is swollen and has lesions. My shoulder is deteriorating as well as my neck/spine. Anxiety. Headaches. My life has been destroyed. I have had to have surgeries for damage the meds cause. I have to go through the agony of eye infections every few weeks. I can’t hear things. I would not wish this hell on anyone. At the same time I have to try and support myself and my children. I have to try to give them the best I can so I don’t diminish their lives.

Moderna ruined my life.

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

I have to get injections monthly in my eyeballs to try and keep my vision but they are extremely expensive. I have to be on multiple medications for the brain swelling. I have to try and raise money to afford heating aids for both ears which are also ridiculously expensive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has helped but again is an out of pocket expense.

Supplements have seemed to be the most helpful.

Which solutions were not helpful?

I have seen so many medical doctors and almost all of them have been absolutely no help.

What would you like others to know?

I would like others to know how hard it is to keep fighting every day when there is no support and seems to be no hope. I would like people to know that my life matters even if my country or some of the people here do not think so. I would like people to know that just reaching out and being supportive can sometimes be the only thing that keeps us fighting.

I want others to know that I have been fighting extremely hard from my tiny little town with no resources to get help for myself and for all of you injured as well. I will continue to do so until my last breath. Find me on social media or contact me if you need someone to listen.

I want people to know they are not alone and they matter.

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