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My name is Jo and I am 33 years old. Before having the COVID vaccine I was healthy and happy. I got heavily into running during lock-down and lost fifteen kilos trying to stay fit and healthy. As we all know, the opposite could have happened otherwise.

I was not keen to get vaccinated, but in September 2021, I finally caved in and got the Pfizer vaccine. I was not coerced by my employer, but because my job as a buyer involves overseas travel, I had no choice if I wanted to do my job fully. I also wanted to interact socially within the community again. I had no adverse effects from the first vaccine, but the second vaccination in October 2021 changed my life for the worse.

In the first week after the second vaccination, I started experiencing strange chest pains. I presented to the ED where they ran a troponin test and an ECG. I was sent home advising “You are just stressed and to go home and rest”. Never in my life has stress caused chest pain.

In November 2021, after more of these pains as well as feeling seriously lethargic, I went to see a GP. I could not get into my regular GP because they were insanely busy, but I wanted to get on top of this strange chest pain quickly. I was sent for a chest X-ray and the results showed that I had an enlarged heart. They asked if there was a family history of heart issues. There isn’t. 

The doctor decided that I should get an ultrasound of my heart and lungs to get a clearer picture of what was happening. I should mention that at this time, I still had not contracted COVID-19 and I was testing for it regularly. My ultrasound results revealed that I had an inflamed pericardium (pericarditis) and a small hole in my heart.  They told me that the hole in my heart is congenital, nothing to worry about and should not be the cause of any pain.

On 3 March 2022, I got an ECG report stating that I was suffering a ‘trivial pericardial effusion’. I was then referred to a cardiologist in May 2022 to investigate further. 

The cardiologist sent me for an MRI which confirmed I had pericarditis with two centimetres of fluid around my heart. The report actually states that this is ‘vaccine induced pericarditis.’  I was amazed that they had truthfully reported this! The report also said that I had a ‘dilated right ventricle with preserved ejection fraction and mild scalloping of the lateral wall of unknown significance’.

The report went on to say that although this fits a major diagnostic criterion for ARVD (arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia), this is relatively nonspecific. The cardiologist advised that ARVD is an inherited condition, and stated that if I actually had it, I would have already known about it for sure. He also advised that my right ventricle was slightly enlarged but that this was not of serious concern.  He refused to believe I could have ARVD and referred me to another senior cardiologist to confirm his opinion. He refused to put it on my report as he was so certain that the diagnosis on the MRI report was wrong.

The cardiologist explained that as he did not know what he was dealing with, (e.g. a vaccine injury), but to be safe, I should cease ALL physical activity.  The risk he said, was that I could drop dead! 

I was due to run my first ever half marathon at this time so this meant that my running dream was officially over! I was shattered. I had trained so hard and now I was not allowed to so much as push a shopping trolley or walk around the block with my pooches? My mental health really began to spiral.

The cardiologist started treating the inflammation of my pericardium with multiple pharmaceuticals. I started on a three-month stint of prednisone. It was horrible as my face swelled like a balloon, I developed vertigo and I could not sleep. I told the cardiologist that I could not keep taking it as it was giving me no reprieve from the chest pains anyway. At this point, the chest pains were consistent, sharp, and seriously painful. 

During this period, I presented to the ED at least five times, terrified that I was having a heart attack when these painful attacks occurred. The first time was on 20 October 22. Each time I was simply sent home and referred back to my cardiologist. In one instance, on 1 July 2023, I was admitted to a short-stay ward while more tests were done.

I returned to the cardiologist’s clinic and he tried other anti-inflammatory drugs such as high doses of Nurofen and then a gout medication known as colchicine. This is how I found out I was allergic to colchicine. It made my insides itch so much that I wanted to tear my stomach out. I had to cease taking it which meant another opportunity to recover from this horrible vaccine reaction was gone.

My heart problems were not the only issue I experienced after this vaccine. I suffered, and continue to suffer from a range of other health issues I’d not experienced before including:

  • regular heavy nose bleeds
  • irregular menstrual cycles — Immediately after the first vaccination I had three periods in one month for three months. Since then, I have not had a period in ten months.
  • body aches all over, day in and day out
  • constant hip and back joint pain
  • inflamed lymph nodes
  • coughing up blood clots.

I have liver issues with high bilirubin readings. This can mean that there is either a bile duct problem or an accelerated rate of destruction of red blood cells. Neither is good news.

I experience a bizarre pulling sensation down my neck like someone is grabbing my oesophagus. A friend with this same symptom agrees with me that it is difficult to describe unless you have personally experienced it.

I cannot even list or place these other symptoms in order accurately because they happen so often that I do not know where to start.

One thing I do know however, is that I was an extremely healthy human before getting vaccinated.

After a few months, the cardiologist essentially washed his hands of me. He told me, and I quote, “I do not know how to help you, so maybe you should see a Rheumatologist. I am just wasting your money because we do not know what we are dealing with!”

After talking to staff at the cardiology clinic, I found out that two of the radiologists there were also suffering from heart issues after their vaccinations. My cardiologist was clearly aware of these. I was absolutely gobsmacked that he was unable to help me, but nevertheless, I did not make another appointment. 

Before telling me he could not help me any further, the cardiologist did however, give me the green light to start running again, but advised to only do it when I felt that I could. 

Everyone around me questions if I should be running at all. However, I do it to keep my sanity intact. Who knows what the consequence could be……? At least my mind may be clearer if the worst happens and I do drop dead.

In December of 2022 I turned to natural medicine with a local naturopath. Here, I finally found some reprieve with IV vitamin infusions. This truly saved my life because at least it gave me the energy back to help me deal with feeling so defeated. Sadly, with the cost of living the way it is, I have been forced to stop the IV treatment as it was too costly. 

In February 2023, I saw a rheumatologist. She ran exhaustive tests looking for hormonal imbalances and inflammation. She advised that my rheumatoid markers were borderline (so no rheumatoid issues) and that there was no evidence of any auto-immune disease. For me this just cemented even more firmly that this was a vaccine injury. She also eliminated lupus as a cause.

She arranged a biopsy on my lymph nodes in April 2023 and determined that my lymph nodes were ‘reactive’ which means that my lymphatic system is in total overdrive. She had no answers to explain this anomaly.

Now in July of 2023, here I am again with the awful chest pain, aching body, and coughing up blood clots. However, nothing shows up on a chest X-ray and there are still NO answers.

I saw a new cardiologist on 20 July 2023. He said that it is probable, although not provable, that I also had a bout of myocarditis which is why the inflammation is still hanging around. He confirmed that I also have a dilated ventricle and he is investigating that further. He is absolutely confident however, that the pericarditis will subside with some lifestyle changes and less stress. The more I stress the worse it gets so I just need to try and not stress apparently.

I was made redundant from my original role as a buyer because my health made it impossible to travel. I could not even get travel insurance due to my heart issues. My employer gave me another role which is less stressful and allows me to work from home. However, I still have many days where I am unable to work due to varied and crippling symptoms.

Every day I ask myself, “What has the government done to us, to me, to my friends, to my family, to athletes and to children?” I just do not know!

In the last year, I have had three fully vaccinated and previously healthy friends die unexpectedly from aggressive cancers. My father now has cancer, and my stepsister has myocarditis. Perhaps this is all coincidental, but I think not. I have spent over $25,000 on my health in the past eighteen months and my health status remains precarious at best.

I want to share this story, so that people can read and potentially, resonate with it. 

If anyone wants empathy from someone who is dealing with the same thing, I am here. My inbox is open and I am happy to share more details and chat.

My name is Jo and I am 33 years old. Before having the COVID vaccine I was healthy and happy. I got heavily into running during lock-down and lost fifteen kilos trying to stay fit and healthy. As we all know, the opposite could have happened otherwise.

I was not keen to get vaccinated, but in September 2021, I finally caved in and got the Pfizer vaccine. I was not coerced by my employer, but because my job as a buyer involves overseas travel, I had no choice if I wanted to do my job fully. I also wanted to interact socially within the community again. I had no adverse effects from the first vaccine, but the second vaccination in October 2021 changed my life for the worse.

In the first week after the second vaccination, I started experiencing strange chest pains. I presented to the ED where they ran a troponin test and an ECG. I was sent home advising “You are just stressed and to go home and rest”. Never in my life has stress caused chest pain.

In November 2021, after more of these pains as well as feeling seriously lethargic, I went to see a GP. I could not get into my regular GP because they were insanely busy, but I wanted to get on top of this strange chest pain quickly. I was sent for a chest X-ray and the results showed that I had an enlarged heart. They asked if there was a family history of heart issues. There isn’t. 

The doctor decided that I should get an ultrasound of my heart and lungs to get a clearer picture of what was happening. I should mention that at this time, I still had not contracted COVID-19 and I was testing for it regularly. My ultrasound results revealed that I had an inflamed pericardium (pericarditis) and a small hole in my heart.  They told me that the hole in my heart is congenital, nothing to worry about and should not be the cause of any pain.

On 3 March 2022, I got an ECG report stating that I was suffering a ‘trivial pericardial effusion’. I was then referred to a cardiologist in May 2022 to investigate further. 

The cardiologist sent me for an MRI which confirmed I had pericarditis with two centimetres of fluid around my heart. The report actually states that this is ‘vaccine induced pericarditis.’  I was amazed that they had truthfully reported this! The report also said that I had a ‘dilated right ventricle with preserved ejection fraction and mild scalloping of the lateral wall of unknown significance’.

The report went on to say that although this fits a major diagnostic criterion for ARVD (arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia), this is relatively nonspecific. The cardiologist advised that ARVD is an inherited condition, and stated that if I actually had it, I would have already known about it for sure. He also advised that my right ventricle was slightly enlarged but that this was not of serious concern.  He refused to believe I could have ARVD and referred me to another senior cardiologist to confirm his opinion. He refused to put it on my report as he was so certain that the diagnosis on the MRI report was wrong.

The cardiologist explained that as he did not know what he was dealing with, (e.g. a vaccine injury), but to be safe, I should cease ALL physical activity.  The risk he said, was that I could drop dead! 

I was due to run my first ever half marathon at this time so this meant that my running dream was officially over! I was shattered. I had trained so hard and now I was not allowed to so much as push a shopping trolley or walk around the block with my pooches? My mental health really began to spiral.

The cardiologist started treating the inflammation of my pericardium with multiple pharmaceuticals. I started on a three-month stint of prednisone. It was horrible as my face swelled like a balloon, I developed vertigo and I could not sleep. I told the cardiologist that I could not keep taking it as it was giving me no reprieve from the chest pains anyway. At this point, the chest pains were consistent, sharp, and seriously painful. 

During this period, I presented to the ED at least five times, terrified that I was having a heart attack when these painful attacks occurred. The first time was on 20 October 22. Each time I was simply sent home and referred back to my cardiologist. In one instance, on 1 July 2023, I was admitted to a short-stay ward while more tests were done.

I returned to the cardiologist’s clinic and he tried other anti-inflammatory drugs such as high doses of Nurofen and then a gout medication known as colchicine. This is how I found out I was allergic to colchicine. It made my insides itch so much that I wanted to tear my stomach out. I had to cease taking it which meant another opportunity to recover from this horrible vaccine reaction was gone.

My heart problems were not the only issue I experienced after this vaccine. I suffered, and continue to suffer from a range of other health issues I’d not experienced before including:

  • regular heavy nose bleeds
  • irregular menstrual cycles — Immediately after the first vaccination I had three periods in one month for three months. Since then, I have not had a period in ten months.
  • body aches all over, day in and day out
  • constant hip and back joint pain
  • inflamed lymph nodes
  • coughing up blood clots.

I have liver issues with high bilirubin readings. This can mean that there is either a bile duct problem or an accelerated rate of destruction of red blood cells. Neither is good news.

I experience a bizarre pulling sensation down my neck like someone is grabbing my oesophagus. A friend with this same symptom agrees with me that it is difficult to describe unless you have personally experienced it.

I cannot even list or place these other symptoms in order accurately because they happen so often that I do not know where to start.

One thing I do know however, is that I was an extremely healthy human before getting vaccinated.

After a few months, the cardiologist essentially washed his hands of me. He told me, and I quote, “I do not know how to help you, so maybe you should see a Rheumatologist. I am just wasting your money because we do not know what we are dealing with!”

After talking to staff at the cardiology clinic, I found out that two of the radiologists there were also suffering from heart issues after their vaccinations. My cardiologist was clearly aware of these. I was absolutely gobsmacked that he was unable to help me, but nevertheless, I did not make another appointment. 

Before telling me he could not help me any further, the cardiologist did however, give me the green light to start running again, but advised to only do it when I felt that I could. 

Everyone around me questions if I should be running at all. However, I do it to keep my sanity intact. Who knows what the consequence could be……? At least my mind may be clearer if the worst happens and I do drop dead.

In December of 2022 I turned to natural medicine with a local naturopath. Here, I finally found some reprieve with IV vitamin infusions. This truly saved my life because at least it gave me the energy back to help me deal with feeling so defeated. Sadly, with the cost of living the way it is, I have been forced to stop the IV treatment as it was too costly. 

In February 2023, I saw a rheumatologist. She ran exhaustive tests looking for hormonal imbalances and inflammation. She advised that my rheumatoid markers were borderline (so no rheumatoid issues) and that there was no evidence of any auto-immune disease. For me this just cemented even more firmly that this was a vaccine injury. She also eliminated lupus as a cause.

She arranged a biopsy on my lymph nodes in April 2023 and determined that my lymph nodes were ‘reactive’ which means that my lymphatic system is in total overdrive. She had no answers to explain this anomaly.

Now in July of 2023, here I am again with the awful chest pain, aching body, and coughing up blood clots. However, nothing shows up on a chest X-ray and there are still NO answers.

I saw a new cardiologist on 20 July 2023. He said that it is probable, although not provable, that I also had a bout of myocarditis which is why the inflammation is still hanging around. He confirmed that I also have a dilated ventricle and he is investigating that further. He is absolutely confident however, that the pericarditis will subside with some lifestyle changes and less stress. The more I stress the worse it gets so I just need to try and not stress apparently.

I was made redundant from my original role as a buyer because my health made it impossible to travel. I could not even get travel insurance due to my heart issues. My employer gave me another role which is less stressful and allows me to work from home. However, I still have many days where I am unable to work due to varied and crippling symptoms.

Every day I ask myself, “What has the government done to us, to me, to my friends, to my family, to athletes and to children?” I just do not know!

In the last year, I have had three fully vaccinated and previously healthy friends die unexpectedly from aggressive cancers. My father now has cancer, and my stepsister has myocarditis. Perhaps this is all coincidental, but I think not. I have spent over $25,000 on my health in the past eighteen months and my health status remains precarious at best.

I want to share this story, so that people can read and potentially, resonate with it. 

If anyone wants empathy from someone who is dealing with the same thing, I am here. My inbox is open and I am happy to share more details and chat.

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