Carolyn’s Story

At the age of seven (1953), I caught varicella zoster virus or chickenpox and in 2005 I caught whooping cough (pertussis). Little did I realize these two childhood diseases could affect my life and intertwine…but they did. Not only did I have chickenpox, I developed a staph infection afterwards and was given massive doses of penicillin. The lesions from staph lasted about 2 months. My parents had to take me to have all the boils lanced, drained, and packed for several weeks. That was so traumatic for a seven-year old. When I came down with whooping cough at the age … Continue reading Carolyn’s Story

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