Lauren Wasser suffered from Toxic Shock Syndrome when she was 24 years old. She was in a medically induced coma for almost two weeks & when she woke up, she learned they’d have to amputate her leg. Now, she’s living life to the full with her golden leg & is a shining light for other amputees.
Lauren has an infectious positive attitude & an amazing sense of humour. Upon first meeting her, you wouldn’t know she’s been to hell and back with Toxic Shock Syndrome… We spoke to the outgoing role model about TSS & how she’s inspiring others.
ON THE MOMENT SHE WOKE UP…
“I woke up a week and a half later from a medically induced coma. I had been pumped up to 200 lbs to get the toxins out of my system. I had tubes everywhere. I was really confused about where I was and what happened.”
DESCRIBING THE PAIN…
“The pain was crazy. My feet were literally on fire. Excruciating. I look back and can’t believe I made it through that honestly!”
ON THE MOMENT SHE LEARNED DOCTORS HAD TO AMPUTATE HER LEG…
“There was a nurse behind a curtain on the phone. I heard her describe a young 24-year-old girl who is going to need a right leg below the knees amputation. I screamed. I couldn’t believe she was speaking of me. I begged my mother to not allow them to take it. We did our best but unfortunately I had to lose my right leg.”
“I am now facing the same situation with my left leg. I don’t have toes and my heel is badly damaged. I am constantly in pain and it’s just not getting better. I’m thankful I am in a day and age where technology is so advanced and that I have the opportunity to be an active person again thanks to Prosthetics. The future is going to be awesome!”
ON THE RECOVERY PROCESS:
“After I got home from the hospital back into the real world, I wanted to kill myself. I was suffering from PTSD and trying to wrap my head around not having a leg. I was so upset about my Prosthetic and angry obviously going through the emotions but it was a process…”
“But I had my mother, my girlfriend & my manager supporting me. I was hiding myself in 100 degree weather and not living but then my friend took those photos of me and shared them with VICE and I felt free of my prison. It was such a beautiful moment. I wish and I hope to inspire anyone who is hiding anything. To be free and liberated is priceless.”
HOW OTHER AMPUTEES INSPIRE HER…
“Social media has been so crucial for me to be able to see other amputees bodybuilding, running marathons, biking and always smiling and living life to the fullest. Seeing that kind of life as an amputee is possible – thank God for technology and great Prosthetics!”
THE WISDOM SHE’D LIKE TO PASS ON…
“Everything you want, you can have it right now. I really believe that. No matter what you want in life, you can have it, you just have to put in the work.”