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"Shania was rushed to the hospital and had to be wheeled in because she was unable to walk. She felt nauseous, had a headache and blurred vision. She complained of being dizzy and hovered on the edge of consciousness. Her asthma, which had been under control for so long that she had forgotten about it, came back with a vengeance. She could hardly breath and was coughing a lot. She had no reflexes and could not stand on her own, much less walk. Shania said her arms and legs “felt dead.”

HPV Vaccine Injury Stories - Shania Eliassen WA Australian

Shania Eliassen - 12 (Mandura, WA, Australia)

At 12 years old, Shania’s dream was to represent Australia and compete for the Olympic Gold. Being a junior State Champion for three years in a row definitely put her on the right track.

She broke many records in her young career, including one that had been standing for 22 years and another that had remained unbroken for 17 years. She was accustomed to being a Champion.

It was not at all unusual for her to return from a swim meet with 8 gold medals and a couple of silvers. Her medals and trophies line the shelves in her proud parents’ living room. There were many who thought she just might make it to the Australian Olympic swim team. After all, Shania “the Flyer” was unbeatable in most events, especially the butterfly.

By the tender age of 12, she had already been selected for the state swim team and handpicked by Swimming W.A. to join a special training squad for the State’s elite junior swimmers. Everything she did led her closer to her dream.

All of that came to an abrupt halt on August 9, 2009, 9 days after her second injection of Gardasil, when she collapsed in front of hundreds of spectators during a swimming competition. Shania was rushed to the hospital and had to be wheeled in because she was unable to walk. She felt nauseous, had a headache and blurred vision. She complained of being dizzy and hovered on the edge of consciousness. Her asthma, which had been under control for so long that she had forgotten about it, came back with a vengeance. She could hardly breath and was coughing a lot. She had no reflexes and could not stand on her own, much less walk. Shania said her arms and legs “felt dead.”

Six hours later, after various doctors had performed every test they could imagine and were still shaking their heads, Shania was allowed to go home with the understanding she would be seen by her own doctor the next day.

As it turns out, August 9 was not the beginning of Shania’s nightmare. She had been suffering many symptoms since her first Gardasil shot, but like the champion she was, she toughed it out and kept going until she completely collapsed.

Her symptoms have included extremely high fever, headache, aching heavy limbs and extreme tiredness. She seemed nauseous and had a difficult time concentrating. Her parents noticed she was losing her hair. Where her menstrual cycle had always been as regular as clockwork, now it was not. Shania began to constantly complain of numbness, or a “pins and needles” sensation in her limbs. She developed a severe rash that extends over most of her body. The slightest physical exertion causes her to spend several days recovering.

Shania has been tested for everything under the sun, to no avail. Her doctors are still calling it a “mystery condition.” They can find no answer other than Gardasil, yet they can not seem to prove the connection.

Two of her specialists told her parents not to expect doctors to be ‘helpful’ with trying to make the connection to Gardasil, regardless of the evidence, because the moment one of them admits it was Gardasil, it would open them up to lawsuits.

Meanwhile, over 8 months later, Shania is still trying to recover some semblance of her normal self. She is a long way from back to normal, but she is experiencing some improvements.

Her parents know she will probably never be able to return to the pool. They hope and pray their daughter will someday have the energy to participate in some of the things she used to enjoy. They wonder how you compensate someone for a lost dream.

Everything Shania lived for and trained for was aimed at reaching her dream of the Olympic Swim Team. She had one goal, one dream — a dream that was turned into a nightmare by Gardasil.

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Update on Shania - by Shania's Mum

There is hope out there for those who have been severely injured following the HPV vaccine Gardasil. This is the story of Shania who has accomplished much since she was first struck down in 2009, read on …….

At the age of 12, Shania was already a 3 time State Champion Swimmer (3 years in a row in Butterfly, Freestyle and Backstroke) and was going for a 4th year when she was struck down by the Gardasil vaccine which ruined her life for the following 3 years and destroyed any chance of her having a swimming career.

As you know, Shania had her first vaccine in about May/June 2009.  She reacted straight away, but coming into winter we just thought she’d picked up some cold or flu bug already.  Then after her second vaccine things got worse.  In August she collapsed at a swim meet in front of hundreds of witnesses and was unable to stand or walk. She had to be rushed to the local hospital where she spent the next 7 hours being tested, prodded and poked.  I remember one of the questions all the doctors asked was if she’d just had a vaccine… I didn’t know then what I know now and didn’t connect the two and so didn’t think to mention Gardasil.

In the ensuing months, Shania went through a variety of bizarre symptoms including “dead” arms and legs, muscle weakness, dizziness, fainting spells, brain fog, severe headaches, stomach cramps, her asthma came back in full force, blurred vision, no reflexes, aching and heavy limbs, feverish, extreme tiredness and lethargy, numbness, pins and needles, hair loss, racing heart and irregular heart beat, clumsiness, and a acne like rash that spread over the entire top of her body including the top of her legs and which has left her face scarred – resulting in being cruelly teased at school with kids calling her crater face and telling her she should go kill herself because she was so ugly!  Her friends dropped her – refusing to hang out with this strange sick person with the bad skin that attracted cruel taunts from others – it just wasn’t cool to be her friend! Yeah, with friends like those who needs enemies!

Well, you can read about it in the 2009 story. It is now 2012, everything Shania lived for and trained for leading up to Gardasil was aimed at reaching her dream of the Olympic Swim Team, or at least swimming for Australia.  Swimming was her passion. Even today she cannot participate or watch swimming on TV because it is too painful for her – that is how much it meant to her. She is still grieving. She couldn’t even watch the Olympics (not that she missed much this year!)

What she did do was throw herself into her other “love” – performing arts. Thank God she had something else she loved to do, but had not had the time to devote to it.  From 2010 onwards, time became something she had plenty of but she was limited in what she could do.

Over the past few years with doctors and experts scratching their heads and pretty much agreeing Gardasil looked like the culprit but proving it was going to be the problem (and we would need proof if we wanted to go to court, then we would have problems getting any experts or doctors to publicly stand up and say something because the power of the drug company would destroy their careers – as they have done to other Doctors who’ve spoken out about them). We ended up finding a natural health practitioner with offices in Melbourne and Sydney who was already helping local Gardasil victims.  She took hair and nail samples and provided us with a course of treatments over the next six months, which included a strong detox program initially, to try and get the poisons out of Shania’s system.

As the months went on, the severity of the symptoms seemed to lessen.  She took up drama classes one day a week after school – because she had enough energy to do that then.  (From training every day of the week morning and evening to having just enough energy to do one small training class once a week sounds ludicrous, but for a year she’d had no energy to do anything but lie down.)

Then she did a jazz class.  This really took it out of her and she still had issues with various symptoms including physical symptoms which made dancing more difficult for her than others.  But she persevered because she wanted to.  She gave it a year and then decided as she couldn’t keep up, she’d find a place that was more to her pace…

She had also had to quit singing because another side effect was trouble with her voice, but she persevered with that too because she loves singing.

Cutting the story short, today, 2012, Shania does a less demanding jazz ballet class and still attends a drama class once a week; she continues with her piano lessons and has just auditioned and been chosen by a well respected opera coach in the city.  She has won a vocal competition and been awarded an honorable mention from a recent performing arts festival and she has participated in a couple of shows.

We still can’t discuss swimming around her… but she is slowly moving on and looking forward to new dreams and goals now.  While her friend’s skins are breaking out, hers has finally cleared up – although scarred – and she has energy to go out with her friends and parties again as well as enjoy her out of school performing arts activities.  In fact, she has been quite active last year and this year.

Looking at her achievements, you wouldn’t think she’d been so sick.  Back in 2009, I used to worry some mornings whether I would go into her bedroom and find her still alive.  Today, August 2012, I know she has survived.  She only had 2 of the 3 injections, but I hope her story will give faith to others who wonder if there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  For some, yes… and we share our prayers with everyone else for the others.

Update - May 2014

Update - May 2014

It is now May 2014.  It was May 2009 when Shania had the first of the two Gardasil shots that ruined her swimming career and her life in the ensuing years.  (You can read about that in the links above.)

In 2014, the only obvious legacy from the Gardasil damage is a poor immune system.  But we are working on that.  Other changes…

This year she has been one of the first to catch the seasonal colds but unlike the past years, the colds have not all gone straight to her chest and given her bronchitis; neither have they hung around for weeks or months.  She is bouncing back more quickly, which is a hugely positive sign.  And she no longer needs her Asthma puffer either.

It has been said that the effects of the Gardasil vaccine may only last 5 years and that 5 year limitation is every Gardasil victim’s lifeline.  Here’s why…

It started last year – obvious signs that something was happening healing-wise.  Shania was in 2 major shows one after the other for starters.  She had the lead of Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ the first part of the year, and then she went straight into the ensemble of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ for the second part of the year (her idea of relaxation!).

THIS year, 2014, is her final year (year 12) at Senior High School level in Australia.  (Next year is University.)  This year, the DAY BEFORE THE COMPETITION, the Director of Sports at her college begged and pleaded with her to consider to swim with their relay team at the inter-schools competition, even if she didn’t want to do the individual races, just help them out with the relay events.  Apparently one of the swimmers had to drop out at the last minute.

Of course, she said no.  She’s had to say no every year since 2009. She hasn’t been in the pool racing since she collapsed in 2009. She hasn’t trained since she tried to go back in 2010 and realized she couldn’t.  The mind was willing but the body couldn’t.  And now, she’d been out of the pool 4-5 years and this guy wanted her to race?

But he persisted.  His argument was that even in her poor condition having not swum or trained for so many years, she was still bound to be better than somebody with none of her background.

Cutting a long story short he wore her down.  The College swim team had been training for months and had even gone on a swimming “camp”!  Shania’s only “training” for this event was a 40 minute warm up the night before the competition at the local pool.  I sat on the sidelines, a very worried mum because the last time she’d been in the pool racing was early 2009.

Next day at the competition at Challenge Stadium she swam in the relay team for the B Division of the College.  They put her in first place in this relay team – the first swimmer off the block.  To her and everyone else’s surprise, she gave the team a nice lead and a head start over the schools in the other lanes.

The teachers were so impressed they figured they’d put her in their A Division relay team too.  They placed her second in the team, meaning she’d be the second swimmer off the blocks. A new experience for her – in her past swimming life she had always been either the first swimmer (to give the team a good lead) or the last swimmer (to catch up if the team wasn’t in first place).  But she didn’t care.  She was happy to be back in the pool doing what she loved.

So, the A Division relay starts… The first swimmer went in and at the end of the first 50m leg, their team was in 6th place…  not a great start… better than 7th or 8th, of course, but hardly inspiring for Shania who had to follow this as the second swimmer.

She dove in and started swimming.  She powered up the pool from 6th place, overtaking all the other lanes and when she touched the other end, she’d put her team in first place with a good lead.  The Announcer said “Who on earth is THAT!”

The school sport director was celebrating.  He knew who it was and he’d seen it all before… albeit many years before!

It also heralded the moment when I finally believed that we were no longer in that tunnel looking at the light at the end… we had passed through it!  Shania could not have done what she had if Gardasil was still affecting her. And she couldn’t keep up this timetable either…

This year she is in her final Year 12 of school.  She is studying 5 TEE subjects.  Her homework schedule has to be seen to be believed!  Now she knows why some people only do 3 or 4 TEE subjects… she chose 5.  One of them requires filming on weekends and in her precious holiday breaks – Media…

She is also the College Cultural Prefect with additional responsibilities including having to arrange the Year 12 Ball.  She is also the lead, Belle, in the College musical production of Beauty and the Beast.  She rehearses 2-3 times a week and this includes some Sundays, like tomorrow – from 10 am to 4 pm, and then she comes home and has to knuckle down and do homework and study.

Plus she does a LOT of singing – she has to learn about 7 songs for her exams, plus she recently sang the National Anthem at the Peel region ANZAC Day Memorial Service, and has to rehearse 7 other songs because she is singing at a private soiree later this month.  She let piano go but only because she simply couldn’t fit it in!

Every Saturday morning, we drive up into the city a good hour’s drive away for her classical lessons, then zoom back home and then she goes to work from 1 to 5 at a news agency. Sometimes she goes to a babysitting assignment after that.  She also goes to the gym once or twice a week. She is burning the candle at both ends trying to study for Year 12 exams and all the assignments she has on her plate, often not getting to bed until midnight or after.  In between all this she squeezes in time to see her boyfriend and friends.

Does this sound like someone suffering Gardasil injuries?

Shania had 2 of the 3 Gardasil injections.  I believe if she had had the full 3 shots she would not be here today.  Things were so bad five years ago, I never believed I’d see this day.  Look how far she’s come!

I hope this gives hope to other Gardasil victims that they, too, might also get their lives back eventually… Shania is living proof that it can happen.  It HAS happened.

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