With all of the HOOPLA going on this past 2 weeks about the fraud reported about the MMR vaccine and Autism... we, the O'Donnell family...have gone about with life with Business as Usual...
Our children...all 6 of them, 5 with Autism...have continued to thrive. All while many changes have gone on...
This week, I decided to catch up on the old forums I used to visit.... I tried to contribute, but honestly, why bother ?? Diane is still bitching and moaning (but thank the Lord she has found SpellCheck), AIR is still sure she was not duped by the goings on of the Mercury Militia, and so on.. Nobody keeps insisting they are Somebody..but, frankly, they are still Nobody!
The good folks at AoA are still insisting that this whole fiasco is propaganda started by the good ol' USA...and they should know about Propaganda!
Poor George Stephanopoulos decided to take on the doctor the Mercury Militia love so very much...he did not understand the backlash that they would bestow upon him.. George was accused of not even reading the Doctors book...how in the heck would these people know if he did or did not read a book...do you have spies that go that far into a person's life? If you do, believe me, it would not surprise me at all !!
I received a Kindle for Christmas from my wonderful husband. My first purchase was Kim Stagliano's book...I actually did not hate it..but,there was one comment she made that I must question.. She stated AoA was started and they would welcome comments...what she did not say was they would welcome comments ONLY if you agree with AoA...she also did not mention that they would hunt down the commenters that disagree with them ( I do not have to elaborate..they know what I mean)..the email witch hunts they do are brutal... I also notice AoA has changed it's format..they went from looking like the blog they are to a more newspaper kind of format...I guess they think this will make people take them more seriously... but, SERIOUSLY...they are still just a blog people !!
My second book I bought..The Panic Virus...by Seth Mnookin....thanks Seth, I really hope these desperate parents listen to you...better than that...I hope the doctors who have duped these parents listen more.. Seth dug deep into all the hysteria that surrounds the Mercury/Autism connection. He did this without having anything invested in Autism. He did not write this book to sell a vaccine. He is not riding on the coattails of parent's desperate for a cure or a recovery.
We have people who believe their Autistic children have been cured by listening to Jenny McCarthy and JB, even while their own children are still in Special Education receiving services....
I have a friend who is seeing a local doctor who scoped her child..you guess who the doctor is...she regrets getting involved with this center...but, has invested so much money and emotion..she has been resolved to think they would not lie to her... she is far too invested...her son is still Autistic...she was told she started too late to help him....SHAME ON THEM !!!
I am so proud of my family. We wake up every morning...the kids go to school (where they excel, BTW)...Patrick and I work full time...and we join together as a family every night... All of the kids have extra-curricular activities, with the exception of Kiernan. Caitlin won a gold medal in bowling at The Special Olympics, she was so proud, as were we of her. We have family and friends over every weekend... we carry on.. Business as Usual !!!