Everyone is talking about the latest research studies that show that vaccines do not cause autism. It has been my belief that my son’s vaccinations did not cause his autism. He showed signs of autism as a baby. However, I do believe that there are cases that a child with a prior medical condition can be adversely affected by vaccines, leading to autism symptoms.
I’m not the only one that believes this. 9 year old Hannah Poling was just awarded 1.5 million dollars plus $500,000 a year to her family to cover their daughter’s care. This was awarded because it was proved that Hannah’s prior condition, a mitochondrial disorder, increases her risks for vaccination injury.
I believe that this is still a heatedly debated topic, because no one wants to admit they are wrong or the other side might be right. As far as I am concerned, both are right and wrong. I think that vaccines can harm children with poor immune systems or an underlying medical problem. I also believe that it is these children that are commonly “Cured,” which leaves parents like me wondering what we aren’t doing right to “cure” our child.
I don’t think I am doing anything wrong. The reason that those “cures” are not working is because my son wasn’t injured by vaccines or allergies. He is autistic. He was born on the spectrum. Nutritional supplements have helped, but they weren’t a cure. Therapy has helped, but they are not a cure. There will be no miraculous cure for my son.
The best way I can help my son is to keep doing what I am doing. Therapy, understanding of his strengths and weaknesses, repetitive work to learn skills, and love are what helps him. He continues to make progress. He is capable of learning a lot, he just needs me to keep teaching him. There’s no telling what he will be like in a year, 2 years, 5 years, or even 10 years from now. The only limits are the ones he sets on himself.