A mother is begging parents to vaccinate their children, revealing the dangerous reality for kids (like hers) suffering with cancer.

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell tweeted in a viral thread with 38,000 likes and 26,000 retweets, “Dear parents of children who do not have cancer: a casual measles exposure in a grocery store caused the following things to happen when my child was in chemotherapy.”

Nicole, a mother-of-two, explained that as a result of the exposure, her younger child, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2014, suffered. “My daughter was quarantined for one month. It’s enough to be bald and chemo stricken at 8, but add being unable to leave the house,” she wrote.

She also tweeted, “When we arrived at ped/onc they had to cancel appointments and shut down the infusion room while they sorted out the details of her exposure.

“The treatment of all the other patients (children with cancer) that afternoon was disrupted.”

Stellon O’Donnell added, “The exam room we were in had to be shut down and given a “terminal cleaning,” disrupting the ped/onc department’s ability to serve other outpatient children with cancer.”

She also wrote that her daughter was forced to wear a mask on a subsequent flight home: “This may not seem like a big deal, but imagine being eight, bald, skeletal, without eyebrows and eyelashes and having to wear a face mask in public.” “Please vaccinate your kids,” she wrote. “Please get your flu shot. It’s an act of compassion for the many children who need herd immunity because their immune systems are not working.”

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  • I doubt many people are of the extreme precautions patients undergoing chemotherapy have to do even when going to the oncology dept in hospital for treatment. They cannot wash their hands at hand basins. The have to use their own hand sanitiser. They need to wear gloves when going in and out of doors in public places. They have to keep their houses, cars etc spotlessly clean and other family members take precautions so they don’t transmit germs as much as they can. Patients often wear face masks when out in public. Many have certain foods they can’t eat that make them very ill during chemo. I know one guy who could eat anything with the tiniest amount of tomato in it or had cross contamination with tomato. There was a couple of other foods but tomato was the worst. During that time he didn’t eat out at all, not even at the houses of people he knew. People weren’t aware of the cross-contamination problem consequenses.. A couple of times his chemo had to be delayed because the oncologist decided he was too ill to have it for at least another week.


  • Awful for these families and awful we have come so close to eradicating certain diseases and now it seems we are going backwards.


  • One of the best reasons to vaccinate.


  • Yet another good reason to vaccinate.


  • Poor little one. I am a believer in vaccinating and hope some diseases can be wiped as a result. My heart goes out to this family.


  • Oh the poor darling, I do hope she’s doing better and completely agree with this mumma! Get your little ones vaccinated please!


  • Praying for this wee girl.


  • I totally agree with this post. I really feel for kids whom don’t have basic right to a full immunity, its not their fault, yet they suffer the most.


  • I like that our Government is using every incentive it can (ie money) to encourage vaccination.


  • Musicmum for some reason I cannot reply to your comment, so I’ll reply here. Maybe it’s you who needs to do more research as it’s the anti vaxxers who are ill informed. The risks from a vaccination are minimal for majority of the population. Measles may be spread by vaccinated people as well as unvaccinated people. But the ones who will suffer from coming into contact with the virus are the unvaccinated. I’m in my 50s and I was vaccinated against diseases, measles being one. So you must be really old if you lived in a time when natural immunity and no vaccines was a thing. Have you looked at how many people have died from diseases that now have vaccines for? I remember a time when catching measles was a death sentence. There are far more benefits from vaccinations then possible bad outcomes. I really hope people like you don’t end up in the majority because we need vaccines


  • This is so sad, and one of the reasons we vaccinate. Not only to protect our boys, but for those that cannot vaccinate for whatever reasons.


  • Oh the poor thing :(
    I’ve never given a second thought about vaccinations, is always just something I know needed to be done regardless of the side effects


  • Yes I vaccinate my children because I want to be protect against flus and diseases.
    I dont understand why parents choose not too.
    And to have your child place into a preschool or school your child needs to vaccinated.
    Hope the girl fights her cancer. To be sicker with cancer and to put other cancer patients at risk is a huge reason why parents should be force to get their child vaccinated.


  • This is why I vaccinate, it’s why we all should. I hope her daughter wins her cancer battle.


  • Prayers sent


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