Someone asked me today why I haven't signed up for the vaccine injury compensation program. This is a program in the United States started to compensate the victims of vaccine injury, because the United States is the only country in the world in which you cannot sue the vaccine maker.
This was my response: "Money can't give me back my teenage years, allow me to attend school regularly my junior and senior years, allow me to go to my proms, give me the chance to have kids when I'm older without the increased threat of passing one of my conditions on, or take away all the near death experiences and trauma with that. Money can't fix the friendships I've lost because of my illness or all the uncaring, negligent medical professionals I've encounter. It can't fix all the tests I've failed due to illness, brain fog, or hospitalization and it can't fix all the times I've been told I was faking it or that it was all in my head. Everything that has been taken away or has happened, all the money in the world just simply can't fix, buy, or replace."
I'm lucky that I have good insurance from my dad's employer and good Medicaid that covers what the primary insurance doesn't. Right now, I don't have any outstanding medical expenses. My education is being paid for and my family and I live comfortably. There are some smaller things that would make my life easier, but money will never cover, fix, or restore the big, indelible things; the things that matter the most. In some situations, all the money in the world doesn't help and this is one of those situations.
I am a 20 year old junior at the college of my dreams. I am studying Emergency Medicine and Communication Rhetoric and minoring in the Administration of Justice and National Preparedness and Emergency Management certificate. At some point, I want to go and get my paramedic certification when my health allows. I have several chronic illnesses and this blog and website serves as a place for me to share my journey fighting CRPS and my other conditions. I hope that this blog can also serve as an outlet for raising awareness for rare diseases. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment; I'd love to know what you think!