July 20, 2009
I’m writing this about my daughter so that anyone who may read this will know what happened to my beautiful daughter Megan.
Last November 15th 2008 my daughter Megan had made plans with the family to paint the outside of the home. We live in New Mexico, USA and it can still be pretty warm in late fall.
She had called that morning and asked what time I wanted her over and I had told her that she could come at any time. It was early in the morning, still a little cool and I had told her she could come and we would get started after it had warmed a bit. She said, “OK Mom I’m going to get in the shower and then I’ll be over.”
Megan lived about 6 miles away. She was going to college and had her own place. She was 20 and would be 21 in a week and a half, Thanksgiving Day.
The family started painting, we broke for lunch, no Megan yet. We finished up lunch and went back out to continue painting. I thought about her not showing up yet but I figured she changed her plans, forgot to call, or her boyfriend and she decided to go do something. Not a worry. Kids, right?
I got the call, come quick. I did. I got there to see emergency vehicles everywhere so I just stopped my car and ran. I saw in her room the EMTs working on her. It was too late she had been in the shower for about two hours. My beautiful daughter was gone.
Comment from Leslie
Karen has become a professional colleague and a dear friend of mine. Her story about Megan is tragic – yet Karen has carried on educating women and city and state officials about the dangers of Gardasil. She has made Youtube videos appeared on the radio and TV, spoken in front of groups of people about Megan’s story. And she is still looking for and wants answers from the government over this unecessary tragedy. Karen will not rest until this vaccine is off the market. I deeply admire my new found friend. Her daughter would be proud.