TSS Awareness Campaign


There's no better way that I know of to raise awareness about an issue than to talk about it. And, talk about it. And, talk about it some more. The more conversations we have, the more comfortable we become. And, the more comfortable we become, the more open we are. And, the more open we are, the more we accept the need to change what is. And, the more we accept the need to change what is, the more apt we are to take action. And, action is what we need. What IS must … [Read more...]

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 up...like before.  My grandma called our doctor immediately and they … [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...]

A Birthday Wish From our Founder


To my Amy on the 23rd birthday of your beautiful life. The day you were born was like a great sunrise. You were hand-picked by God to be my beautiful baby girl and it will always, ALWAYS be a day to celebrate. Whenever I see the brilliant colors in the sky, the graceful flight of a butterfly, or smell the soft scent of lavender, I know it’s you touching my heart, reminding me that you are never more than a thought away. I love you my baby girl. Happy Birthday! “In the end, it's not the years in … [Read more...]