"Having said that, my children will never have any more shots, and if I had to do it all again, would not get any, at all. I agree with Kim, I'd take ANY one of those "preventable" diseases (with the RISK of death) over autism, any day of the week. Oh, had I only known that autism was a side effect of vaccines...
Posted by: Amber June 01, 2009 at 03:19 PM "
"I'd rather my girls get chicken pox, measles, mumps, and every other formerly accepted childhood disease than face rape and abuse as adults with autism. End of my story.
Posted by: Stagmom June 01, 2009 at 11:42 AM "
I'm getting really tired of the "parents" who'd rather watch their child suffer from a preventable disease and who say they are willing to risk the child's death rather than deal with autism. Even being empathetic to the effort and energy that managing children with ASDs take, and I ought to know, since I have three, and even if I bought for a second that vaccines caused the ASD, the lack of regard for the child evident in stating that death is preferable, well, that's a parent that is on the edge and for whom intervention should be given. Perhaps, if you'd rather your child be dead, you need that child out of your home.
I've watched my son have a stroke, watched him become paralyzed on the right side, lose his speech. Wondered if he would live, if he would recover. I've sat beside him while he lay in a hospital bed, seriously ill with a blood infection and wondered if he would live. For the last decade, I've dealt daily with the knowledge that both he and his father have a hereditary blood clotting disorder that may take them without warning. And I've dealt everyday with his autism. I have never wished or thought that a preventable disease and the risk of him dying (and painfully at that) preferable to his autism. And I am deeply disturbed at the number of parents who I have read stating either that the risk of death or the child's death is preferable.
AoA, GR, Wakefield, the Geiers, Jenny McCarthy and the like promote parents adopting a mentality of victimhood. This does nothing to help further adaptive coping skills so that these parents, faced with a future they were not expecting and a harder road than they were prepared to walk, are ill-equipped to manage.
They have earned my enmity and disrespect. As long as I read parents like these who post to these forums and blogs, promoting this kind of mentality, I will be here standing against it.
And the Fresca-spewing award (what happens when I read while drinking Fresca and run across something deliciously ironic) for today goes to: "...I think we have a better grip on reality than most folks." from http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/06/dr-bob-sears-author-of-the-vaccine-book-if-a-vaccineautism-link-is-proven-will-vaccine-policy-change/comments/page/2/#comments