Lauren Wasser, What's Underneath
Lauren Wasser: How One Model Lost Her Leg to Toxic Shock Syndrome and Found Her Life’s Purpose

Lost in a superficial world of ‘cool girls,’ model Lauren Wasser abruptly went from getting into every club to fighting for her life due to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Her painful, intensive struggle to cope with her amputated leg left her feeling robbed of her freedom and independence. But Lauren says, “As much as I wanted to kill myself and end the misery, knowing that my little brother would come home and be the one to find me — I didn’t want him living with that. I realized that I had a purpose.”

With a herculean strength that will make you feel as if you can surmount anything, she left behind the mindset that superficial looks equal value and became unafraid to pursue a life rich in a purpose outside of herself. The take-no-shit model is championing the fight to teach women about the risks of TSS. “I wake up and I wish I could go outside and fucking run a marathon. I can’t think about what I had. I’m moving forward. I don’t think I would trade my experiences. My heart wouldn’t be full and I wouldn’t feel like I’m doing good.”

Filmed in 2016 and previously hosted exclusively on Fullscreen’s subscription platform, this fall we are thrilled to re-release eight episodes of The What’s Underneath Project on our YouTube channel, free and accessible to all.

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