Getting Through This Tough Time

March 18, 2009

17 year old Steffanee Richardson is another young woman who is suffering from  adverse reactions to the Gardasil vaccination. Steff received the first of the series of three shots in August 2008, the second in November and her third in January 2009. 

In an article in the Chillicothe MO newspaper Robin read an article about 15 year old Cassie Summers suffering from severe side effects from the vaccination. Summers’ mother found information about side effects stating that if you have joint pain, muscle pain – see your doctor 

Robin was not given that information or she would have listened better when Steff complained of the joint and muscle pain, every single day. She  also states she would not have taken Steff back for shots, two and three. Steff also had complained of constant back pain.
 

Steff is a flyer in cheerleading, plus she just had surgery on her knee, so Robin figured the back pain was from those two things. The low back pain became worse, and then on February 2, 2009, the severe muscle spasms began. She says it always starts in her low back. She can now feel them coming. She is not sure what triggered it. 

According to Robin, “her side effects are mostly severe muscle spasms in her entire back, including her arms, hands, legs and feet. If you look up the definition for dystonia*, it fits.” Except the doctor said her case is too severe and it happened overnight for it to be classified as dystonia. Robin said that the doctor diagnosed Steffanee wtih anxiety, “like she had control over what was happening.”

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 

 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 

 

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 

 

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 

 

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 

 

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 

 

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 

 
For two days, she walked like she had polio. Prior to this, my daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and honor student. She is missing school, because she has a difficult time sitting in the chairs, not to mention the physical therapy, doctor visits, etc.”

 

 

 

This is Steff’s story on a blog kept by her mother Robin titled “Getting Through This Tough Time.”
 
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The disorder may be inherited or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g. lead poisoning) or reaction to drugs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.