Meet the Gardasil girls: Nikki and Felicia

March 25, 11:18 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson

Nikki, Massachusetts: The typical American teenager, Nikki  attended high school and was active in cheerleading and dance. She loved the social life, weekends with her friends at the mall and going to parties. Nikki had absolutely no health problems.

In her own words, “My life was perfect.”

Nikki was 16 when the Gardasil vaccine was first released. She had heard about cervical cancer and thought it was great to have the opportunity to be one of the first to be protected from its effects. She enthusiastically completed the entire series.

Then, her world turned upside-down. Shortly after her third shot, she was taking a nap after cheerleading practice and woke up with a severe muscle cramp in her right calf. That was only the beginning. The muscle spasms got progressively worse until she ended up in the emergency room with pain so severe it did not respond to medication injected directly into the muscle. She went home with a prescription for narcotics.


Felicia, Australia: Felicia says she has been vaccinated for ‘everything under the sun,’  and has never had an adverse reaction to anything.

She was a normal person, without any problems. She could think clearly, spell well, and remember things without any problem. She woke up every day ready to tackle the world.
June 25, 2009, she received her first injection of Gardasil. Immediately, she broke out with hundreds of small boils all over her face scalp, neck, chest and upper back. Because she had never experienced any adverse reactions to any vaccine, she suspected nothing.
July 29, 2009, Felicia received the second Gardasil injection. That was the beginning of her real difficulties, which continue to this day.

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.