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Fresh off the Gardasil boat


August 2009



Here I am, sitting at my desk and sipping my sweet iced green tea at past midnight, typing away. Green tea had always have that restorative powers to lift up my saturnine spirits.

Anyway, I’m sure that the ever-growing number of guinea pigs on Gardasil are young and fresh. I’m one of them.

I just got my second shot today. I can’t remember how it felt the first time, but it certainly was quite painful than all the shots I’ve ever taken in my life. I mean, I couldn’t flex my shoulders for a few minutes right after the shot. But throughout the day, everything was okay though. The first time went fine too, no side effects whatsoever. Right after the shot I went to my first gym visit ever since I had my knee sprain. A trip to the gym always makes my day better, considering how much of a gym jargon I am. But who cares? I love getting fit and challenging myself! Because as they say,

I realized that I had better appetite too. These past few weeks I’ve been feeling empty inside, craving for nothing at all. I do still eat small meals throughout the day, but every meal feels like a chore, because I need energy, but my brain tells me every time that I’m not hungry. It’s just the thing with hormones, you know?

Anyway, seems like nothing’s been off today, except when out of curiosity I Googled “Gardasil”, and found a couple of shocking news about its adverse effects.




I watched the video with my mom, and of course she panicked too. She asked me why do I do my research now that I’ve already taken the shots, instead of doing that before I did. Oh well, I just couldn’t imagine how serious the effects of the vaccinations are.

Plus, what we all know is that Gardasil is not like other types of vaccinations since it’s all proteins and has no bacterias, which can reproduce in our bodies. So I thought given this information, it’s safer than other vaccinations I’ve ever taken, say the Hepatitis B.

There was this other video that I watched after with my mom too, which is quite moving and very argumentative. It really scared the hell out of me, because that’s when I realized that I am indeed a guinea pig.




Over the past couple of years, there has been an increased awareness on how cervical cancers have attacked women across the world, which is why vaccinations such as Gardasil and Cervarix are booming. From these videos here you can see that some schools in the States force the girls to vaccinate themselves in order to continue attending the school. Others just highly recommended them and provide the options for parents. There’s just been so many commercials and publications everywhere now on Gardasil.

The thing is, it’s new. It’s only been around for nearly three years, and only God knows until when the vaccine will protect you. There have been so many terrible cases on girls who’ve taken their Gardasil shots, though the link between their diseases and the vaccine is still vague. Check out CDC who has the full report on the safety of Gardasil.

After discussing about this with my mom, she told me the most ridiculous advice you can probably think of, though to me it’s very relevant. She told me that I should stop checking out all of these reports and cases now and don’t stress myself now that I’ve already taken those shots. Sure I should have the knowledge of what might the possibilities be, but take it light, don’t stress it all out, because with stress itself you can lead your own way down to cervical cancers per se. Just pray to God everyday that it will be okay, and hope for the best out of the expense on those vaccines!