My TSS Story by Jessica Evans

TSS Jessica Evans

My name is Jessica Evans and this Thanksgiving marks my 14th year of survival from TSS due to tampons. I was 17 years old when I became ill the day before Thanksgiving in 1999. It started with nothing more than a fever and nausea. Assuming that I had contracted the flu I rested up and drank plenty of fluids. Within 24 hours I was vomiting and lethargic along with a strange rash on my hands and feet. My mother was in Tennessee visiting my aunt for the holiday and I had stayed home with my … [Read more...]

Peyton’s Story

15 year old Peyton Caples fights TSS

I'm Peyton and I'm 15. This is my story. In June of this year (2013), I was admitted to ICU. I started feeling sick right when I used a tampon - not from having it in longer than you're supposed to. I started feeling really faint and nauseated, I could barely walk, but didn't think much of it because I was on steroids. On the third day I started feeling better so my friend came over.  I felt really sick when I stood before.  My grandma called our doctor immediately and they … [Read more...]

Jennifer’s Story


My name is Jennifer Ritter.  I am 20 years old and from New Hampshire. My story begins on March 14, 2013. At the time, I was in my spring semester of my junior year of nursing school and had just come back from a spring break trip to Virginia Beach to visit my oldest sister. When I was visiting her I ran out of tampons and bought Super Plus tampons at the drug store, the highest absorbency I had ever used but I didn’t think twice about it. I had gone out with friends the night before my … [Read more...]

Kelly’s Story


  My name is Kelly and I’m 29 years old.  My story began on December 18, 2005.  I woke up not feeling well, but just felt like I had the flu so I called in sick to work.  As day 2 came, I was feeling much worse, very dizzy, tired, throwing up, short of breath, my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest.  I was just nearing the end of my period that day, and I knew with the dizziness I was feeling it wasn't smart to drive so I called my cousin and asked her to pick up another … [Read more...]

Michelle’s Story

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My story starts on June 23rd, 2007. I was at a Dance Nationals in Michigan. I had my period and I would change it every 2-3 hours. I had my old kind but since I was going to a Dance Nationals I thought that I’d try a Sports kind. Within days of using the sports tampon, I started feeling sick to my stomach, fever and just tired. We had all thought I had the flu so we didn’t think anything of it. I don’t remember the ride home or how I even drove from my friend’s house to my house. On June 25th, I … [Read more...]

Gavrielle’s Story


  My name is Gavrielle and I am now 16 years old.  On November 8, 2011, I came home from school feeling very sick.  I had a bad headache, fever, nausea and a sore throat.  My mom thought I had the flu or something that would run its course in the next 24-48 hrs.   It got worse the second day.   I was throwing up and started with diarrhea that night.  I couldn't keep anything down.  My mom was going to take me to the doctor after my brothers got on the bus the next morning (11/10/11).   I … [Read more...]