IamA 58 year old woman who contracted polio because my mother didn't vaccinate me as a child. AMA!
My short bio: Hi Reddit. As the title states, I'm a 58 year old woman who contracted polio as a child because my mother chose to not vaccinate me. I want to do this AMA due to the current controversies surrounding the anti-vaccine movement and to also help spread the truth about vaccines so no more children need to contract unnecessary diseases.
My son Shaun will be typing my answers for me.
My Proof: Here is a photo of some of the medication I am prescribed to deal with the chronic pain caused by the polio. I take a variety of medication and this makes up about half of it. If you want to know more details, ask away.
The following three images are of me from different angles. My upper right leg and knee were the primary sites of infection.
EDIT: My mum says thanks for the gold (she has no idea what it is).
There's been a lot of mean comments from people calling me out as a shill, asking how much Obama is paying me and asking how much I've been paid in general and saying that you didn't get polio because you didn't have the vaccine, but because you had a week immune system.
First: The shill thing is sad. Let's put that to bed as quickly as possible. Look at the photos of my leg above - Do you really think I would want another innocent child to have to experience what I do on a daily basis? Don't insult me by saying I'm taking money so you can put a wall up between your unfounded opinions and modern science/medicine.
Second: Obama? What? I am Australian. It's nothing to do with any political debate.
Third: Paid? I got paid one reddit gold from a mysterious donor. I'm not here trying to make money. I'm trying to ensure that your children have a better world to live in.
Fourth: I got polio not because I wasn't vaccinated, but because I had a week immune system. Really? I mean, really? Are you serious? That is the entire point of vaccines. Of course I got polio because my immune system couldn't handle the virus. I repeat. That is the entire point of vaccines. If you would rather we give no vaccines and just let those who are infected die off, well, I can't comment on your worldview. Just keep in mind that your children might not grow up to share that same world view and you don't have the right to endanger their physical well-being because of whatever personal philosophies you might hold close to your heart.