We have raised money. We have opened every aspect of our lives to the public to bring awareness in the hopes of a cure. We do this, not for our child, but for yours. We hope to stop this horrible disease in its tracks. We hope that not one more child is diagnosed with cancer, not one more child suffers, not one more child dies. We do this for society, for the greater good.
Today my daughter went to school. Tonight, we have to make the decision of whether or not to send her back because you did not vaccinate your child. You put our child at risk with the decision that you made. Now I have to make the decision of how I am going to make my child suffer even more. Do I risk exposing her to a disease that is nearly wiped out in America, brought back by unvaccinated children? Or do I break her heart and tell her that she cannot go to school anymore? A "simple" disease like chicken pox could kill her. We have made enough decisions in the past two years. Decisions that our child's life depended on. You are forcing us to have to make another decision that we shouldn't have to make.
We ask one thing of you after all of our suffering. Take care of society, think of the greater good. Vaccinate your children to protect ours. Vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines do not cause cancer. Vaccines save lives. FACT.
I can call you selfish. I can call you stupid. I can call you names that are a lot worse because I am that angry today. But that won't help me tomorrow. You won't be there to wipe away my child's tears because she can't go back to school or hold her head as she lays in a hospital bed dying of measles. Your decision doesn't truly affect you. You will probably never see the ramifications of your actions. Because we vaccinated our children for the greater good. We vaccinated our children to save yours.
I am just a mom, trying to protect her child. The difference is that I have science, facts, and statistics on my side. I am angry, sad, hurt and ultimately helpless. I cannot force the school to tell this child's family to vaccinate or change classes. But I can use my voice to encourage my state to eliminate personal exemptions for school vaccines. I'll just add this small task to my very short list of things to do.
This will be a letter that I will never send because I am a coward. I will not confront this family (partially because I don't know who they are). They may never know that my daughter is (or was) in their class. I am too much of a coward to let them know how much they made me and my daughter cry. They will never know how much their decision affected our family.
So I ask you, please think of children like Scarlett when you consider vaccinating. And please pray for Scarlett to make it through the year healthy and safe.