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Martese Gee

First Dose of Moderna on 07/24/2021

Second Dose of Moderna on 08/21/2021

North Carolina

47 yrs old

Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?

My name is Martese Gee. I’m a 48 year old, single parent to four children, ages 9, 12, 21, 27 and my whole heart is my grandson, who will be 3 yrs old in November. I was a busy mom with a busy life, supporting my children in cheer and basketball and enjoying exercising and staying in shape before this. I was completely healthy!

Q: Would you like to share your reason(s) for getting the vaccine?

Mandated by my employer

Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?

After the 2nd dose of the vaccine in August, I started having jaw and hand cramping, difficulty swallowing certain foods, and muscle twitching.

I was seen by the neurologist and had an MRI, a CT Scan, Ultrasound and EMG, which brought about being diagnosed with ALS on March 15, 2022. On that day, my world was shattered.

Since diagnosis, I have been to several doctors for testing and treatment, but nothing has proven effective at reversing my symptoms. I’m in the early stages of the disease, and I literally feel as if I am fighting for my life. I am currently experiencing slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, weakness in my left hand, and muscle twitching. I know God is my Healer, but everyday is a real struggle. My children are the reason that I get up and continue to fight. I want to live to see my youngest children graduate high school and live out their dreams. To be completely honest, I’m angry.

Q: Have you had Covid before?

Yes, had Covid in Jan 2022, was sick for about 1 month.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I wish I would not have taken the vaccine.

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