For the first time ever, Justin wrote a blog post. I want to share with you the view that we both have about autism and vaccines. From someone with autism, here’s a perspective that I’d like you all to hear.
“I cannot stand the whole anti vaccine issue when it comes to autism. People they say it causes autism, but if you ever research Andrew Wakefield (who said that they are linked), not only did that article get pulled and found to be fraudulent, but it also stated that he had facts. Not to also add that he was banned from practicing medicine in the UK. So why would you listen to a man who lost his license?
Being Autistic, I find it horribly offensive when mothers say they won’t vaccinate their kids because they think it causes autism. It’s like saying I am a broken toy. Should we be discarded just because we have autism?
I know that’s not what their point is, but think about it. I have autism. But I’m married and have been in a relationship for close to ten years with the same woman. I have worked multiple jobs, and my last job lasted for five years. I didn’t promote or ever go too far within the jobs (counseling would’ve done wonders but I didn’t have health care) but I am a normal citizen who contributes to society.
So you’d rather your kid die from polio than have a kid you have to teach differently (and we’re learning new ways to teach all the time).
I do at times get frustrated with my autism, but I also look at it as a blessing. Ask me about any horror movie and I am pretty sure I can talk your ear off about it without looking anything up. Same with my memory because of my autism I can still recall what my wife wore to our first date. Plus I know because of my autism I look at things from a completely different perspective, and I notice patterns and other things most “Normal Neuros” don’t see.
I just don’t see the whole point in avoiding these diseases like measles and that can spread just because you’re scared of one disorder. Because I got vaccines, I can live to be an old man. Some kids that don’t get vaccinated might not live past 40.
It just really pisses me off when I hear someone say that they won’t vaccinate their children and they don’t do the research. They just go off the first TV show or article that brought it up.
Before you decide, go talk to a family or someone with autism. Don’t judge, and don’t make a decision based on BS medical reports.”
Justin and I both have talked about this. We don’t want children as you know, but if we did, we would vaccinate without question. I’d rather my child be autistic than get measles or some other physical disease that could cause them to die at any time.
What do you think?