I am 60 yrs old. My Father was a DC. I was born at home, breastfed, clothdiapered, fed raw vegan, nonvaxed. I noticed the difference in many ways; once was when I went through my baby book and the first foods page was blank, the vaccine page and pediatric page was blank, and so was the hospital page. I knew I was just different from most people in my society and community.
I bought my first mothering magazine the month I graduated from college and got married.
I bought a subscription and waited anxiously for the next issue each three (later two) months. I would have loved to be in a due date club or communicate with like minded moms. I met homebirth moms close by but many moved on. I joined LLLI, but many moms moved on or went to work. I have been constantly building up my support group and making new friends as people move because of jobs or lack of jobs.
I had my children at home, breastfed, raw vegan, nonvaxed, and we had our own compost pile and a garden. I am here because I am still learning. It was difficult growing up with a POV as my family had. I could not go to a birthday party or just visit because I was not allowed to eat "bad food". It was quite unique. I marvel at being able to buy almond milk in the store, recalling how my family had bought barrels of almonds, ground them up and soaked them in hot water to make homemade almond milk. I love the taste and it brings back memories.
My husband and I discussed selling everything and traveling around the country. I would have loved that, but he became ill and traveling was out of the question. He died 11 yrs ago. My children are grown and have done the inevitable and made me a grandmother. It would be nice to share this honor with my DH, but it is not meant to be. I have still traveled and I enjoy meeting new people. Yes, I am really different, I have lived a very different life and that is wonderful. And I love logging in to MDC.
"Vaccines are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get - acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy, allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma, autoimmune disease, diabetes, eczema, petit/gran mal seizures, fibromyalgia, Henoch-Schonlein purpua, Dravet's Syndrome, Retts Syndrome, Sweet's Syndrome, Hughes Syndrome, encephalitis, speech delay, tics, neurological damage, coma, ADEM, ADHD, AFP, ASIA, CFS, CRPS, GBS, ITP, JPA, JRA, LGS, LKS, MS, OMS, ORS, PANDAS, PANS, PINTANDS, POF, POTS, RA, SIDS, SJS, SLE, SPD, SUDS, TPI, the disease one is being vaccinated against, or death."
Paraphrased from "Forrest Gump".
List from the drug companies' own package inserts that come with their product as required by law.