It’s interesting how we go through seasons. Consider this sorta like a year-in-review type post, as I share how the tide has turned and I feel like I’ve just taken in a great big breath of fresh air.
7 years ago I entered a season of uncertainty. Speaking out against a topic that was taboo, controversial, unpopular, and not accepted. The “V” word.
I lost friendships and spent many days contemplating if should just throw in the towel. I had so many justifications for giving up on what I clearly felt like the Lord had called me to speak out against. There were days when I figured I was just plain crazy: who in their right mind would want to be a vaccine safety advocate and speak out against the dangers of vaccines?
Not worth it. Too dangerous. Not popular. The reasons went on and on…
But I didn’t give up. I couldn’t. Everywhere I went (and still go), I am introduced to vaccine injured children. Sick kids. Everywhere. The new normal.
For those of you that follow this blog, you know I write about this topic a lot. In my post Is This The Best We Can Offer, I write about Chapter 11 in the book Vaccine Epidemic: “Pediatrics, Sick is the New Healthy”.
I’ve shared on more than one occasion how I’ve fallen in love with the autism community and how the Autism mommas have capture my heart: I Only Want Things to Make Sense.
I’ve challenged my readers with a post called: “I Hope You’ve Done Your Research” and I’ve asked for logical explanations on issues like introducing the whooping cough vaccine to newborns in a post called: The Whooping Cough has Me at a Loss for Words. I’ve exposed myths, the most common being: The Myth of Herd Immunity.
I started a series called “Lioness Arising Mothers”, where I tell the personal stories of mothers and the devastating journey they are on with their precious children.
In June I wrote a post called: Food & Water: Nope. Vaccines: Yep. It struck a nerve. It was featured on Dr. Mercola, Gaia Health, National Vaccine Information, and more. Suddenly, Bill Gates and his billion dollar anti-vaccine surveillance alert system group found my blog. I think that day I received about 300 comments from his paid peeps. Good I thought, I got their attention. Funny how truth has a way of doing that.
Through the years, I’ve watched how the tide is turning. In the beginning I received mostly resistance. Now, I receive more and more messages of acceptance. Either parents are “getting it” or parents are at their wits end and desperate and ready for help. Why the change? Because more and more children are becoming sick. And those same children have parents. And those parents know EXACTLY what happened to their children. And they won’t shut up until the truth is told. Enter The Thinking Moms Revolution.
A few weeks ago I was honored by The Thinking Moms Revolution, in a creative piece titled “Snooki vs. Jessica Gianelloni: American Heroines” You can read the full post HERE. I’ll share just a bit of it:
“Jessica has been writing about TMR and our friends for quite some time. What makes Jessica unique is that she does not have affected children. Her mission is simply to take the knowledge she has been given and share it with the world. Please read her latest post about “A Different Type of Orphan.”
While she has been called to advocate for orphans, as is the case with everything Jessica does, she takes it a step further, goes the extra mile, and puts the finishing touches on research and information that others would have glazed over. She gets it. She gives us her time, her knowledge and that which we are most grateful for… her unending stores of energy and her unshakable sense of peace.
Yes, Thinking Moms are indeed a burgeoning institution/movement/powerhouse… but we are in no position to offer her 32k for all that she gives us… for free.
Our gratitude is all we’ve got. From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you, Jessica Gianelloni.
So, I leave you with this. We live in a country where someone like Jessica has to remove the names of her children from her blog because of the threatening hate mail she receives for telling the truth about vaccines and unclean food. Snooki, a Reality TV Star with no discernible life skills speaks at one of our country’s finest higher learning institutions for 45 minutes and receives 32k.
What are you going to do about it?”
Wow. I was blown away. Was I really being honored by the very people that deserve the honor?
The day this article was published, I shared my heart in a fb post: “7 years ago, as I began this journey of vaccine awareness, I lost many friendships, as those close to me suddenly did not understand who I had become. It was a disappointing time in my life. 7 years later, and today I am being honored by The Thinking Moms Revolution. I can’t think of a bigger honor to be bestowed upon me in this area of my life. I feel like this is God’s way of confirming this is the journey He has me on. I am in the lane I’m meant to be in. And I will continue to run this race and fight this fight! I am humbled & honored beyond words. Thank-you Thinking Moms!”
Why am I sharing all of this? Because the honor isn’t really on me. The honor is on truth. Truth can only go as far as the people willing to share it. And that’s what I love about The Thinking Moms Revolution. They give me an outlet to spread and tell truth.
The Thinking Moms are reaching far and wide. Yesterday I received this message from a good friend who is a nurse. She told of a conversation she had with another nurse during their shift in the hospital. Her message read:
“So God is awesome…clearly we know that. Here is some more proof though.
Last night I worked with a nurse that I don’t normally work with. Somehow we got on the topic of her 14month old little boy who has constantly been sick since he was born. High fevers, ear infections, respiratory problems, etc. In the middle of her story telling, she says “I can’t believe I’m telling you all this. I never talk about how sick my little boy is…”
I don’t talk very much about vaccines at work because I don’t feel that I’m well educated enough (yet) to speak against them. (Especially in a vaccine happy environment.) This time I felt that I had to bring them up. So i said, “I can’t believe I’m bringing this up either because it is so taboo around here but…has your son had all of his vaccinations?” She proudly said “oh yes, absolutely!”… So then I asked if she thought that perhaps his sickness could have started after receiving the vaccines. She said that she had thought that, and asked the doctor, to which he replied “Oh, of course not.” (Of course). Even though last night she realized, he has had all his exacerbations right after shots.
This poor momma is at her wits end after months of antibiotics, sleepless nights, breathing treatments, blood work, testing for autoimmune diseases…and NO definitive diagnoses.
I told her about you, your blog, (Solomon, too. i just HAD to tell her about God’s handiwork in that part of your life) and The Thinking Moms Revolution website. We pulled it up last night (at our nurses station at work) and she found a case that sounds EXACTLY like her little boy. With a court case story to go with it. She just kept saying “I never either thought to educate myself about something like this”.
I told her I was the exact same way until not so long ago. She is a believer who has spent hours after hours in prayer for her little boy. The same little boy who’s daddy called this morning at work and told her he has a 102.2 fever only 2 weeks after being off antibiotics.
She said she couldn’t wait to get home to read more about The Thinking moms and you! The light bulb definitely went off.
Last night wasn’t my normal night to work. She only works 2-3 shifts a month on ANOTHER floor. God arranged that meeting and gave us both the confidence to talk about things we usually keep quiet.
The impact of your research, your lifestyle, your stories, and your voice, your faithfulness to God’s calling, and THE truth are reaching far beyond the people you have met. I just wanted you to know. :)”
The end of 2012 comes during a season of restoration. God is a redeemer of all situations. For me personally, the Lord is redeeming a season in my life when I was once misunderstood and rejected, to entering a season of being honored and thanked.
Truth is truth is truth is truth. And it will always win.
Here’s to truth. Here’s to The Thinking Mom’s Revolution.
Are you a Thinking Mom? I sure hope so.