The Girls Behind Gardasil: Lauren’s Story

Nature’s Child Blog

Wholesome Goods for Mothers and Babies
September 3, 2009

This is the beginning of a series featuring the families very deeply affected by Gardasil. We hear about the adverse effects in the news. I want you to hear about them firsthand, from these “survivors.” Certainly, get the HPV vaccine if you feel it is necessary for your family. But while Merck has marketers and lobbyists on their side, the people most affected only have their passion and their willingness to share.
These are their stories.

Name: Lauren Mathis
Parents: Keith and Rosemary Mathis
Age at vaccination: 12 Years
Diagnosis – Over the course of the past years, my daughter has had several diagnoses including enlarged liver, gall bladder dysfunction, chronic gastritis, unknown, etc.
Disabled: Yes
Symptoms – Enlarged Liver, Gall Bladder Attacks, Severe Nausea, Chest Pain, Severe Abdominal Pain, Severe Headaches, Brain Freezes, Stomach Ulcer, Sensitivity to light
Length of Illness: 1 year
Recovered (Yes, No): No

Because of Gardasil, my beautiful 13 year old daughter missed almost her entire eighth grade year. She became severely depressed because she could not attend school or be with her friends like a normal child. Because of Gardasil, she was “One Less” in all aspects of her life. She went from being an Academically Gifted student to one who struggled to complete her 8th grade year of school. She was placed on a modified school plan by her principal who fully backed her because she was an excellent student who had been in the North Carolina Academically Gifted Program since 2nd grade.

Lauren’s life became an endless round of hospital and doctor visits with little resolution to the severe pain that she was experiencing. She was even sent for surgery on her gall bladder at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where a skilled surgeon recognized the symptoms where more than gall bladder dysfunction and thankfully did not operate.



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.