The United States Bill of Rights guarantees citizen’s rights and their liberties, which include freedom of press, speech, and religion. While these rights remain true and upheld across the country to this day, another freedom—medical freedom—was arguably encroached on last year on June 13, when a new law was passed barring all nonmedical exemptions to vaccination in the State of New York.
Parents were seemingly left with a gun to their heads, knowing that failure for their children to get vaccinated would mean these kids could never again set foot in any public or private school in the state. About 26,000 children in the New York state were left on the fence, having been previously granted religious exemptions to vaccinations—an exemption now repealed. One of these kids was the six-year-old son of children’s book author Angela K. Pearson.
Hailing from a small town in North Carolina, Angela grew up poor. Her family did not have much and often struggled to provide for their day to day life. Often, they would get their food supply from donations in the church or food banks.
She became a mom in 1996 with her first son who had a vaccine reaction and was hospitalized. In 2016 he was diagnosed with SLE, something he already had a genetic predisposition to because Angela’s father had this same auto-immune disease and was sadly taken by it in 2008.
In 2000, Angela moved to upstate New York, and it was when she began her holistic journey while pregnant with her 2nd child, a daughter, born in 2001. She developed a keen interest in the natural benefits of consuming organic and whole foods, which was a result of realizing she was unintentionally raised on mostly an unhealthy diet of processed foods. Angela soon committed herself to turn her diet around and has been consuming only organic-rich foods—free from chemicals or any artificial ingredients—since then. This commitment was supported by her steadfast belief in medical freedom and how parents should have the choice to vaccinate their children or not.
In 2016, Angela graduated with her degree in Behavioral Science and Community Health and was the first in her family to go to college. She is now a single mom to three children whom she devotes all her love and attention to. When the law that repealed religious exemptions for vaccination was passed, Angela was left with not much choice but to leave her corporate job to home-school her youngest son, Grayson. Although perfectly healthy and free from medical issues, Grayson was barred from attending school as an unvaccinated child. Today, Angela continues to fight for medical freedom, and does so through her children’s book titled “I Am Not Contagious.”
According to her website, the book is “written from the perspective of her six-year-old son with a message that she hopes touches the hearts of other parents who hold the same immeasurable love for their children, despite the opinions and pressures of society whose beliefs may differ.” Angela aims for the story to inspire understanding and compassion, which could spark unity in people, instead of further unnecessary division. Angela prides herself on her book’s powerful political statement for medical freedom. “I am going against the narrative and have written the first children’s book that relates to the unvaccinated community from a child’s perspective,” she added, “This has never been done before.”
She is eager to reach the masses but wishes to connect with the unvaccinated community and their children most of all. Every child deserves a book they relate to, which stands for what they believe in, Angela says.
The author has been a holistic health enthusiast for 20 years now and is currently working remotely in the health and wellness industry and teaches others how to obtain the same life-style.