Up until 2007, the only thing Alexis and her family had to worry about was that she had been diagnosed with type I diabetes a year before. Even with that, Alexis was a very happy, shy, well adjusted 13 year old young lady. She worked very hard in school and made the honor roll. She spent her spare time educating her classmates about type I diabetes.
Alexis was scheduled to visit her grandparents in Germany, but her parents were reluctant because of the diabetes. Her doctors assured her parents that Alexis was handling everything so responsibly that it should be perfectly safe for her to go. Everything looked good for Alexis.
Alexis had two of the three recommended Gardasil shots before she went to Germany to visit her grandparents. While she was in Europe, most everything went well. Her grandparents said she acted a little out of character, but nothing they thought serious.
After returning, her mother started noticing odd behavior. Alexis didn’t suffer from jet lag after her trip like they all had after their last trip to Germany. She had always been a very sensitive child, but she didn’t cry when their 12 year old dog died. Little changes that sometimes only a mother notices began to show up.
As time went on, her behavior became more bizarre. She was getting in trouble in school. Alexis was not able to concentrate or retain anything she learned. She went to every kind of doctor imaginable, but all tests came back “normal.’
Her personality changed 100%–Alexis was no longer herself. She would go into fits of rage, screaming and calling names. She swore she hated her family. She wanted to be taken to an orphanage and be adopted by another family. Sound and movement bothered her. She said people’s faces made her sick to her stomach, even faces on the television. Doctors and school officials said she was just “testing her boundaries.” Her mother knew something was seriously wrong.