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What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?
Extremely active. Was extremely fit. I loved to run, hike , cycle. I worked as a Registered Massage Therapist. I loved stand up paddle boarding. Anything physical that was a challenge I loved.
Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.
It was less then 48 hours after my moderna shot that I had a severe cerebellar stroke and ended up in the ICU. I lost my ability to walk immediately. I was very disabled. Three days later I had a brain hemorrhage. I was in ICU for about two weeks I think then I was transferred to a neurological wing of the hospital then eventually transferred to a large rehabilitation center. I lived there for about two months regaining some function back . I was in a wheelchair then eventually a walker. Three weeks after the first shot I had two more strokes and another brain bleed. It was all very debilitating , overwhelming, I almost died but somehow managed to survive.
Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms
There are no solutions unfortunately. A severe brain injury is a painfully slow recovery. I will never be what I was. I lost my drivers license, my ability to work and support myself. It is devastating and I’m exhausted. I hoped at first that I was a rare reaction but unfortunately I am not. The idea of so many of us out there. With zero help , zero accountability, zero acknowledgment is so intolerable to me that most of the time I do not want to live.
What would you like others to know?
I’m preaching to the choir on this page I’m sure , but for all those that are reading I’m so very sorry for all of your injuries, my heart goes out to each and everyone of those affected by this horrendous mess. I’m grateful I have somewhere to tell my story or a very small portion of it. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
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