Cape teens: HPV vaccine made them sick

Cape Cod Times

It’s been months since dancer and former gymnast Nicole Goodman of Pocasset has been able to do a forward jazz slide or a kick ball change move.

The 18-year-old fell ill weeks after receiving her third Gardasil shot, and she blames the vaccine for the human papillomavirus for putting her in a wheelchair.

“I was a normal teenager. I did everything,” says the Bourne High School graduate. She played softball and basketball in community leagues and took lessons in lyric and jazz dance.

But weeks after receiving the third shot of the Gardasil vaccine, Goodman found herself in a downhill health slide. A charley-horse-type pain in her right leg led to spasms and tremors. She experienced fainting episodes, an irregular heartbeat and nausea so severe that she lost 15 pounds in one month and had to go on intravenous fluids.

Her left leg and foot are now stuck in a sort of permanent spasm, and Goodman says she developed a red rash on her upper body around the same time.

“So many girls have that rash,” she says.

Goodman is referring to the “Gardasil Girls,” an informal nickname for girls and young women who believe they have been injured by the Merck vaccine that was approved in 2006 and has been heavily marketed as a preventative for cervical cancer.


Comment from Leslie

Interesting – Cynthia Janak and I were wondering where all these other girls are that have been adversely affected by Gradasil. According to the stats in the CDC newsletter that I posted last night…..over 70% of girls who started taking the vaccine series never finished…..Cynthia and I wondered if it was because of the side effects.¬† Listen to my radio show on Monday night on to find out more.

And oh, by the way, Cynthia and I coined the term “Gardsil Girl’s” on my show a year ago.¬† Yes, our voices and concerns are being heard… the membership in the Gardasil Girls Club continues to grow.


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.