"Pain, discomfort, the inability to breathe or to eat or to swallow, fever and nightmares, itching all over your body so much that you can’t stand lying on bedsheets, losing so much weight you can’t walk properly, diarrhea that leaves you lying prostrate on the bathroom floor, the unpaid time off work for parents, the quarantine, missing school, missing parties, the worry, the sleepless nights, the sweat, the tears, the blood, the midnight visits to the emergency room, the time sitting in a doctor’s waiting room on your own because no one will sit near you because they’re rightfully scared of those spots all over your face."
Replace the bolded section with "weeks spent crying and holding a screaming baby, alone, because your pediatrician denies the symptoms are vaccine injuries and tells you to go ahead and eat some cheese while you nurse your dairy intolerant newborn....which she also denies that dairy is the issue" and you've got me!
I'm an early 80's baby and may very well have had many other things besides CP (assumably I'm immune to rubella because it never came up as an issue during my pregnancy) but even in a non-crunchy home we did not rush out to doctors for diagnosis and testing of every sniffle as she so clearly would have done to diagnose and receive antibiotics for all these issues. And even pre-crunchy me - during my stint as a pre-vet student - even then I was pretty against antibiotics because of the risk of creating resistance.
As for issues with the article: "If you think your child’s immune system is strong enough to fight off vaccine-preventable diseases, then it’s strong enough to fight off the tiny amounts of dead or weakened pathogens present in any of the vaccines." Well, I have no problem with my child potentially contracting chicken pox, and as much as it would suck, even whooping cough doesn't keep me up at night. BUT - when in the hell is anyone, out "in the wild", going to simultaneously contract pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, HIB, polio, and pneumococcal with some rotavirus thrown in for good measure?!?! Because that's a fairly standard course for 2mo babies nowadays yet I'm pretty sure mother nature never intended for it to happen that way.