Measles Encephalitis: Hope Was Not a Loss

This memoir describes my recovery from measles encephalitis at the age of seven in 1957. This condition is usually fatal. I taught myself how to walk again even though everyone said I would never leave the wheelchair. I read my poem “Hope Was Not a Loss”.

This topic is important now due to the lack of a vaccine for coronavirus COVID-19 and the fear of the MMR vaccine. Because many people are not vaccinating their children against measles, the disease is virulent again. Believe me, it is no fun fighting for your life because of brain inflammation from measles. I was unable to walk, talk, or move my arms. I almost died in a coma. I hope my story inspires you to see that you can heal yourself. You can change your thinking and defy a prognosis. Listen to my story. Then save a life.❤️

You can find more research and science on measles and measles encephalitis at The Encephalitis Society online.

For more information on the faulty research connecting autism with measles, see Also,

You can find information on COVID-19 on the World Health Organization ( website and the CDC. CDC (

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© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

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