This is an email we received from May’s featured woman, Lisa Elifritz:
This week marks one year since the death of my daughter, Amy Rae Elifritz. I made a promise to myself to write her a letter telling about the year that she’s been gone.
“Mommy, my dreams are so beautiful, I wish I could dream forever!” For the last year these are the words I cling to, knowing, hoping, and praying that she is okay. These words were spoken to me by my 20 year old daughter just 3 days before she was taken from us by Toxic Shock Syndrome.
It’s been one year now since I’ve seen those beautiful blue eyes looking into mine. I’ve missed you like the earth would miss the sun. There are times I cry myself to sleep thinking about you, but deep down I know that you are okay where you are. I know that you still exist. I know that you see what I’m trying to do in your name. And I know you see that you are saving lives, one, by one.
I would give anything to have known then what I know now. I would have found a way to protect you with my life, as I promised to do the day you were born. I promise that I will give my entire life to help other mothers protect their daughters from this horrible illness that killed you. I will go door to door if I have to telling every young girl out there how to protect herself. I will never be able to forgive myself for my ignorance and trust of an everyday product.
You always told me you wanted to live with me for the rest of your life, and you did; I thank you for that. I never missed a moment of your life and for that, I am grateful. I am thankful that I was able to stay home to raise you, to hear your first words, and to see you walk for the first time. I’m thankful that I was able to be with you for your last words to me, “I love you mommy.”
I now struggle to find strength to go on each day but I try. My memories of you will never fade.
I love you forever my angel,
Mothers, Aunts, Sisters, Please pay attention to the warning inside every box of tampons. If they contain rayon your life may be at risk. It only takes two hours for the toxins to be produced that will change your life, your loved one’s life, forever.
If you or a loved one chooses to use tampons containing rayon, please remember to use a pad at night to give the toxins time to dissipate. If you have flu symptoms and a 102+ degree fever while using a tampon or a few days after, REMOVE IT and get medical attention immediately. When using tampons always make sure a family member knows, in case you become too sick to let anyone know. Symptoms happen fast and progress quickly.
To prevent toxic shock syndrome entirely, never use tampons or use only 100% cotton tampons which are available from a health food store or online.
Please forward this note to everyone you know. It will save lives!
Thanks for reading,
If you have had tampon related TSS, or are related to someone who died from it please contact me. Phone: 812-526-6768