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Sarah Folmar

First Dose of J&J on 04/09/21

Maryville, Tennessee

33 yrs old

Sarah has opted-in to be contactable by the public and other vaccine injured. No hateful emails or you will be banned. Her email is

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

I was healthy and active. 3 kids under the age of 8. Worked a very busy marketing job and had a wonderful life.

Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?

Thought it was what would help end the pandemic

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

Shortly after the vaccination, I couldn't feel the left side of my body - mostly my leg. I started having migraines and thunderclap headaches, after never having more than a mild headache in my life. The migraines started to worsen, as did the numbness in my body. I started having stroke-like symptoms that landed me in the hospital. I was clear of any blood clots, but I was given dozens of different medications to try and clear the symptoms I was having. I was at my local hospital twice, then a university hospital nearby. After 4 hospital stays I was taken to Vanderbilt in Nashville for another stay. All of the neurologists said they couldn't find anything wrong, but obviously something was going on. I've had severe inflammation and lupus-like symptoms a year later. The doctor at Vanderbilt at least got me set up with home health services in August of 2021. I had physical, occupational and speech therapies for months, until I was able to walk and get back to work.

I truly don't believe I'll ever be the same again. I have contacted J&J on numerous occasions, but they refuse to look into what happened. I have seen two different PCPs locally, both men who changed their stories and said this couldn't have been vaccine related (after the AMA threatened to take away licensure for speaking out against the vaccines).

I have been put in Facebook jail, had videos on TikTok removed and have been ridiculed from all different political sides, simply for sharing my story. Our government refuses to acknowledge that even a small percent (even though I know it's much higher) of people have been injured. I attempted to use the government compensation program. After uploading hundreds of medical documents, the system stopped working. When I called about it, the representative said that happens sometimes and he can't see my status. They make you jump through hoops to even attempt to have your medical bills covered, which is ridiculous.

I miss my old life. I wish this never happened, and I hope that people stop making villains out of those who were injured from these vaccines.

Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?

Luckily, with all of the months of therapy, my health is much better. Many of the confusion and dizziness issues are still present, though.

Q: Have you had Covid before? What was your experience if so?

After everything I went though, I tested positive in September of 2021. Then again in January of 2022. Both times were not great.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I hope others see that I get nothing out of sharing this, other than hope that those who are far more injured can get help. I do hope that the government and other places will take away mandates, or pledge to help injured people who receive a vaccine because of a mandate. Silencing people has never proven to be a good side of history, and I hope that our government realizes this at some point. I'm not anti-vaccine. I am pro-freedom of speech, and I should be allowed to tell my story without being banned from social media or other areas.

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