Tribute to a lost Gardasil Girl: Christina Richelle Tarsell

April 22, 3:05 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson

Born November 1986, Christina Richelle Tarsell had the world by the tail. Chris was an honors student throughout high school and college. She had just completed her Junior year in Studio Art, at Bard College in New York, and was looking forward to returning to her summer job at the Center for Curatorial Studies. She was anxious to begin work on her senior project.

Art was her passion. She loved texture, light and color. Chris not only had vision, she had talent. She served as art editor of two literary magazines, one in high school and another in college. Her personal talent was evident by the many awards she won at juried art shows.

Chris did not stop with one passion, she was also an avid and accomplished athlete. She played baseball on the boys’ team in middle school, varsity softball during high school and tennis in college on an award winning team.

As if that were not enough, Chris took her spare time to devote herself to community service. She was active in church, Girl Scouts, the National Honor Society and Amnesty International. Any organization she participated in was proud to count her as one of their team.

All of that ended 18 days after her third injection of Gardasil, when she was found dead in her bed at college. Chris’s abrupt departure from this world has left a multitude of people wondering what happened to this sweet, spirited, generous and caring individual who was a credit to the human race.

Chris’s mother says,

Christina was my only child. I hope no other parent has to experience what it is like for the police to come to your door and tell you your child is dead.

Chris was the light of my life. It made me cry when I later learned she wrote on Facebook that I was her hero. There is no greater love than that between a parent and a child.

The lives of those she touched will never again be the same. We miss you, Chris.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.