This is a personal account of Tara’s Vaccine-related Story. Tara completed the Autoimmune Sisters vaccine-related story form and submitted with permission to share.
Tara’s Vaccine-related Story: I was EXTREMELY hesitant to get the vaccine, especially with so many health struggles already and I already eat right, move my body, take supplements, so I should be fine…right?
Initially a doctor of mine told me not to get the vaccine with my autoimmune/chronic illnesses. But after he did more research himself, came back and shared what he found, all in love. His words didn’t make my decision, but his personal research and care helped me open my mind to it.
Many long late night talks with my husband, researching, reading the ingredients, listening to all sides.
Our church community is made up of many elderly, cancer patients and others living with chronic illnesses. These precious people actually received the vaccine months before I did, they knew what they were doing, they never coerced anyone into doing what they did, many expressed concern, we prayed over it all together. Their stories week after week of getting the vaccine and all, every single one of them being completely fine, definitely helped me make my decision.
Lastly, it’s being with an already vulnerable group of people, I did it because I want to try to be well for them, I want to do my best to be well myself. I made an informed choice on my own, and I don’t regret it. I do not believe every horror story on the internet, and I don’t listen to the news, but I do believe every story of the people I see every week, day in and day out.
Name: Tara Pierce
Occupation: Stay at Home- Homeschooling Mama
Family/Children: Pastor’s Wife, Love my hubby dearly, mom to two girls who I homeschool.
IG Handle: @Silly_Ax
Autoimmune Diseases: Celiac’s Disease
Chronic Viruses: Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, Spinal Arthritis
Physical Activity/Dietary/Lifestyle Preferences: 100% Gluten Free, fruits and veggies, lean meats, occasional treats because life is good. Sleep 9-10 hrs. Daily walks outside, yoga, stretching.
Do you have any of the following COVID “high risk” factors? Check all that apply: I have no COVID “high risk” factors
Are you under the care of a medical doctor?: Yes
What kind of doctor(s)/provider(s) do you work with? Explain: PCP, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor
What data/evidence did your doctor provide to support you getting the vaccine? No specific data, resources other than my doctors simply encouraged it, but left it at that, no pressure.
What information or resources did you use to come to this conclusion on your own? Not one source in particular, simply What I could search myself, I watched what both sides were saying, but it completely came down to personal stories from the people I am with week in and week out in my community. Their response both to the vaccine and the pandemic helped shape my choice the most.
Health Related Questions:
Before receiving the vaccine, please describe your health along with any autoimmune, chronic or related illness symptoms you were experiencing.: Worsening arthritis, Endometriosis flares, Fibromyalgia flares
What kind of prescribed medications do you currently take?: None
What kind of vitamins/supplements do you currently take?: Magnesium, Electrolytes, B12, D
Was your autoimmune and any co-viruses in remission at the time you received your vaccine? No
Vaccine Related Questions:
Prior to receiving the vaccine, did you already have Covid-19? No
Which vaccine did you receive?: Moderna
How many doses and when did you receive them?: 2 doses: April and May 2021
Did you have any adverse reactions to the vaccine?: No
Since having the vaccine, have you been tested for Covid-19 antibodies?: No, I don’t plan on getting the antibody test soon, but if I do I’m happy to share the results.
Since getting the vaccine, have you contracted Covid-19? No
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