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COVID Vax–Injured Executive Battles Back

COVID Vax–Injured Executive Battles Back

On August 28, 2021, Christine Hoehne’s world turned upside down. Until that pivotal day, Christine had been a high-achieving global benefits manager and consultant, working on healthcare and well-being programs for employees in over 150 countries. She was a mother of three, an avid traveler, and a marathon runner. She lived a full, vibrant, and energetic life.

Then, Christine and her daughter decided to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Her daughter made the decision because her college basketball team was pushing players to get vaccinated, and Christine made the decision because her company had given her an ultimatum: get the vaccine or face termination. They discussed their plight on a walk that morning, and by that afternoon, they’d both gotten the shot (though Christine had already contracted and recovered from COVID in 2020).

Within two hours of receiving the Pfizer vaccine, Christine’s life transformed. Her body entered a state of total breakdown. She was hemorrhaging badly, couldn’t raise her right arm, couldn’t walk, and experienced swelling in her right leg. This was all topped off by migraines.

In the space of a single afternoon, Christine went from being a perfectly healthy and physically active 47-year-old to crawling around her house, unable to walk. She had entered a period of physical deterioration, excruciating pain, depression, loss of income, expensive treatments, and personal life crises. Her old life had shattered.

Every day became a struggle: a struggle to get out of bed, a struggle to care for her kids, and a struggle to work. She was crippled by throbbing pain and paralyzing depression. She was eventually placed on medical leave from her job, with the hope that some rest would put her back on her feet. But this was not to be. Instead, the symptoms worsened. Her migraines became accompanied by auras, and at times, she was unable to see.

In an interview with Intellectual Takeout, Christine indicated that a Mayo Clinic report on her case described a total of 14 different medical diagnoses, including myocarditis and tachycardia, heart disorders that many say are signature signs of COVID-vaccine injury. Alongside this, Christine recalled that her resting heart rate, prior to getting the shot, was in the range of 45–60 BPM. After the shot, her heart rate would, at times, spike to 175 BPM.

Desperate, Christine sought help from a number of doctors in the Minnesota metro area, but for the most part, they just told her that the vaccine was safe and she should return to health soon. But weeks passed, and then months, and she was still suffering.

Finally, in November 2021, Christine secured a virtual appointment at Mayo Clinic, followed by in-person visits in March 2022. At Mayo, she saw a doctor who was the first one to acknowledge—at least off the record—that Christine had likely been injured by the Pfizer vaccine. He hugged her, said he was sorry for what had happened to her, and that her condition was real. He also said she probably hadn’t been receiving the care she needed.

Christine expressed her gratitude and good fortune in finding a doctor who would, at last, acknowledge what had happened to her and support her healing journey. After all, not everyone in her position has shared that luck. According to Christine, one of her doctor’s colleagues had suffered a similar adverse reaction to the COVID vaccine, which may have affected the Mayo team’s approach to vaccine cases by the time she arrived.

Christine ended up working with an array of doctors at Mayo and the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology (which she described as “a life saver”), alongside some doctors outside these institutions. Mayo functioned as a kind of umbrella entity for the various treatments Christine received in nutrition, neurology, and pharmaceuticals. But while she experienced some improvement over the next several months, she wasn’t fully healing, and the complicated, drug-based medical treatment became overwhelming. She faced 33 different bottles of pills every day.

So on July 22, 2022, she made a decision. She couldn’t keep living this way. Christine notified her doctors that she was going off all the drugs and embracing more alternative treatments. For the most part, her doctors were supportive of this decision, and Christine tried an array of alternative medical practices, including the Morley Robbins’ Root Cause Protocol, Tony Robbins’ books and mindset coaching program, meditation, adrenal cocktails, magnesium baths, hypnosis, and energy enhancement system treatment.

At last, Christine began to climb out of the canyon of suffering she’d been trapped in. Light returned to her as the symptoms subsided. And though Christine has only recently emerged from the nightmare she’s been living during the past three years, and her journey isn’t over, she’s come an incredible distance, battling against sudden upheaval of her life to reclaim some sense of herself and what matters to her.

She still suffers from migraines, but most of her other symptoms have dissipated. With the healing she’s experienced and the resolution of some trying personal circumstances that coincided with her illness, Christine feels she has her life back again.

Beyond this, her ordeal—including her medical leave and the accompanying loneliness—deepened her understanding of the suffering and needs of employees who are placed on leave. This new perspective has shaped her approach to the benefits programs she designs at her new job.

Christine has also become more comfortable talking about her experience, and the tale of her injury may have even influenced the decision of two human relations departments with whom she’s shared her story. They chose not to mandate the vaccine for company employees. And now, Christine has begun contacting lawmakers about this issue, though with a limited response rate.

Speaking to Intellectual Takeout, Christine said that she hopes her tale can bring some hope to others suffering the life-altering effects of vaccine injury. “I just want all the people who have been so injured to be seen and heard,” she said. “And to be understood.”

As shown by Senator Ron Johnson using data from the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System, Christine’s story is not one-of-a-kind. Thousands, if not millions, of people have had their lives turned upside down by the vaccine, abruptly coming face-to-face with a chilling new reality of post-injury life. Christine’s story has a happy ending, but unfortunately, many have not been as lucky as she.

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    Lorri Jennings
    May 23, 2024, 12:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing your journey of healing. This is a hopeful message to many who are still suffering.

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    Greg Penglis
    May 23, 2024, 4:13 pm

    Three years ago our Action Radio Citizen Legislature wrote a bill to restore full vaccine product liability to "Big Pharma." Congress refused this bill. Sen. Johnson had a copy handed him by Dr. Zelenko, the person who told Trump about Hydroxychloroquine. This bill would have taken the Covid shots immediately off the market since Pfizer et al couldn't possibly handle the damages, deaths and injuries from their Covid shot. Here is the bill. It still needs to go through Congress and be passed. Only if enough people send the bill link in to Congress and all media will that happen.


    Greg Penglis
    Creator, Host and CEO of the
    Action Radio Citizen Legislature.

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    May 24, 2024, 8:15 am

    Hey Christina
    Thanks for having the courage to step out it is absolutely incumbent upon us to continue to do this. There are so many that are still suffering and dying I'm so happy to hear that you have started to find a way out of your symptoms. Your story encourages those of us who are still trying to find our way out. Let your light shine in the middle of all of this bs. When good people do nothing evil persists. ❤️❤️

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      Cherie Beuse@Becky
      May 24, 2024, 4:41 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story Christine and thanks to Walker Larson for having put your story together. I too have been walking this tough journey. I’ve been suffering with migraines, photophobia and fatigue for 38 long months now. If I were to write a book it would be titled “Hoops, Hoops and More Hoops.” Five neurologists and three teaching hospitals here in CA haven’t been able to help me get freed up from the pain. Glad to hear you are so much better!

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    Adam Court
    May 28, 2024, 4:45 am

    Thank you Christine and thank you Intellectual Takeout for the story.
    I too have battled waves of fatigue and headache symptoms since the vaccine (not to the extent of Christine – thank God – but still these symptoms have an effect). Doctors tell me it’s ’long COVID’ and I’ve been referred onto a specialist (still on waiting list).
    I’d like to know what are the treatments people find to be working and why?
    E.g. are people altering diets? Are certain medications working?
    Another symptom I’ve experienced is, now whenever I get mildly sick, it completely wipes me out – a few months ago I caught the common cold – it completely wiped me out for 2 weeks and I was unable to work – anyone else feel like the severity of colds and coughs have worsened since vaccine?
    Anyone, I’d find an article but treatments people have found beneficial interesting. Thank you.

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    Jennifer DeFillippo
    May 30, 2024, 10:06 am

    Sadly, my younger sister was one of those less fortunate. Thank God for this woman's recovery, and albeit not at 100%, at least now she has only one of her many previous side effects.
    I applaud her courage, her tenacity, her "new job" helping others who also suffer from all these issues, and for convincing those other companies to change their misguided policy of mandating the clot shots.
    I pray she continues on her present course…that even her migraines will vanish with time. And I sincerely hope she will never give up her present course…her experience, altho' SO unfortunate…will at least be a teaching tool to those with whom she speaks.
    God bless her, and may He keep her in better health for many MANY years to come.
    People like her are a real treasure.


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