Last summer, my world changed forever when my younger daughter, Amy, died as a result of tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Amy knew about TSS and did all of the right things including using the lowest absorbency tampon needed for her flow and changing frequently, yet when she experienced flu-like symptoms, no one thought it might be Toxic Shock until it was too late.
Amy died at age 20.
In the year since her passing, I have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the reality of tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome and to provide factual information about menstruation. I have read everything I can find, talked to as many experts as possible, and listened to the stories of those who have suffered from it and heard from family members who lost a loved one as a result of it. I have told Amy's story to anyone who will listen. I will continue to tell her story and do everything in my power to raise awareness and save lives.
Recently, I founded a nonprofit organization, You ARE Loved in Amy's memory (Amy Rae Elifritz—ARE). By talking to students in public schools, partnering with bloggers, and engaging in a variety of collaborative ventures we are doing our part to ensure everyone is aware of tampon related TSS. I invite you to join us in this effort by reading then sharing our brochure with those you know and care about.
We appreciate the manufacturers of feminine hygiene products who take seriously the need to produce quality products that do not subject users to the possibility of Toxic Shock Syndrome. When you use an Instead Softcup, you do so with the assurance that there have been no cases of TSS associated with any of the over 100 million cups they have sold.
You ARE Loved
Founder & Executive Director