One year ago today, 3 weeks past my 29th birthday, I had a stroke. It was caused by the birth control NuvaRing. Due to this event I lost a significant amount of my left peripheral vision. I’m so BLESSED to say it wasn’t worse – women died. I’m not celebrating this “anniversary”; rather I’m ready to share my story, so that it may help others.
Full disclosure I entered the class action suit, along with 3,800 other women, against the makers of this product, Merck. The final payout Merck was responsible for was 6% of what a similar case paid out,we’re talking a few millions versus a few hundred billion. Basically a slap on the wrist for a company that is knowingly selling a dangerous product to millions of otherwise healthy women, like me.
So, I didn’t settle and here’s why:
If you had a life-altering stroke at 29 years old during the height of a beautiful California vacation that ripped vision and sensation from the left side of your body,would you settle?
If you spent two days in the hospital and worried your entire family, friend and professional circle, would you settle?
If you had to correct your mom in a roomful of doctors that glasses wouldn’t help because the injury wasn’t in your eyes, it’s in your brain, would you settle?
If over the last 7 years you told several doctors of your experiences with migraines, never to be taken seriously, would you settle?
If you still walk cautiously through every single intersection worrying that you may not see the motorist, bicyclist or Mac truck, would you settle?
If you secretly dread shopping because it will require you to perform exhaustive and annoyingly slow eye scanning, would you settle?
If you sometimes avoid large crowds because you worry you will bump into, trip or hurt yourself or others, would you settle?
If people still ask you “How’s your vision?” and you have to tell them that it’s no better, would you settle?
If something that happened to you on one day of your life is now something you think about every day, would you settle?
If you knew officials claim the type of stroke you had doesn’t “support a casual link” to NuvaRing, but the FIRST THING the ER doctors asked you to do when they identified your stroke was to remove your NuvaRing, would you settle?
If all official medical reports point directly to NuvaRing, but the courts don’t care, would you settle?
If the after insurance amount in medical bills were more than the payout, would you settle?
If you knew that other women died because of NuvaRing, would you settle? Please share/tell my story to one person, then it’ll be worth it.