I’m a 48-year-old father of eight kids. I’m a full-time fly-in-fly-out worker, always very active, I never stop. I have always been fairly fit. I’ve had Type 2 diabetes which has been fully managed and stabilized for the last eight years, so it hasn’t caused me any real issues at all.
I got the vaccine because I have to provide for my family. Eight kids aren’t cheap, and I have to be able to put a roof over our heads and food on the table. I didn’t want to get it initially, because it didn’t make sense that people were still getting COVID after having the vaccine.
I got the first Pfizer vaccine in my left arm on the 7th October, 2021. I felt very lethargic and had a very sore arm up until the next Pfizer vaccine, which was in my right arm on the 4th November, 2021.
Within 24 hours I felt extremely fatigued and drained. My muscles were sore and I was unable to keep up with my kids. When home, I would be in bed as much as possible. I was just able to push through work, but I would be in a complete deficit at the end of the day.
This went on for a couple months, along with a bit of chest pain and loss of appetite, until one day I came home from work with a sore stomach. This was more than a 10-out-of-10 stomach pain. Pain that I’d never experienced before. I had broken my back as a kid, and it was nothing compared to this.
I was taken to the hospital on the 10th of February, 2022. It felt like someone was poking me with a hot iron. I started in the ED, they tested my bloods and gave me an ultrasound. They found two kidney stones which were 2mm each, and in my bloods they found the white blood cell count to be very high. Because of this, they said my body had been fighting an infection that had been there for over a month.
They sent my bloods off to a haematologist and did a bone marrow biopsy. The results came back saying that I had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia which in simple terms means I have blood cancer. They have told me that I need to take 6-12 months off work, and I now have to do chemotherapy and a possibly have a bone marrow transplant too.
My GP has since said that I’m way too young to get this and he inadvertently said it could be from the vaccine but because of his status he is unable to say so directly.
I believe this is 100% from the vaccine, because before this I was perfectly fine and living my best life. Following the vaccination it has cost me money and time I don’t have, and I question my own mortality on a daily basis. The thing that hits the hardest is that I fear leaving my wife and kids behind.