Bring on 2014 – Happy New Year!

NYE 2013-2014.


Congratulations!  You made it through 2013!  For those of you who were sick in 2013, there were probably moments that you didn’t think you’d make it through.  You made it though.  You made it to 2014.  Congratulations and may there be many more years for you to look forward to!

I wish you all hope and healing in the new year!  I have no idea how long your road will be, or if 2014 will be better or worse than 2013 for you, but I sincerely hope that it is better in every possible way.  I hope that it is a year of healing for you.  I hope that your pain subsides.  I hope that you get the support you deserve.  I hope that you either gain back what you have lost due to your illness, or that you come to appreciate what you still have.  I hope that you are able to access the people, methods or techniques that help you to move on from your illness.  I hope that you find peace, healing, love, happiness, patience, hope, etc.

For myself, I haven’t thought of any specific New Year’s resolutions quite yet, but I hope that this picture sums up my 2014:

Always wondered

2013 was an empowering year for me.  I started writing about FQ toxicity in June of 2013.  I truly had no clue that anyone would want to read the things that I wrote, but it turns out that people like what I have to say.  I don’t think that they like what I have to say because it’s pretty or because I’m anyone special (I’m not).  I think that they like what I have to say because what I write about is important.  It’s important that the word get out about the dangers of fluoroquinolones.  It’s important that people stop being hurt by the frivolous and foolish over-use of DNA damaging chemotherapy drugs that are being pushed as “safe” antibiotics.  It’s important that people make the connections between many of the mysterious modern diseases that plague us and fluoroquinolones.  Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, all autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression, dietary intolerances, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, mitochondrial dysfunction, diabetes, Gulf War Syndrome and even autism can be tied to fluoroquinolones.  These are not little problems.  They are serious concerns and it’s important that they be addressed and fixed.  In bringing attention to the role that fluoroquinolones play in each of these diseases, I’m bringing attention to something important.

It’s quite empowering and, though I’m sure that what I just said sounds egotistical, I am humbled by it.  The over-use of fluoroquinolones is a big problem that leads to multiple levels of other serious problems.  The problems are systemic and difficult to bring attention to, much less solve.   Paradigm shifts and systemic changes are needed in order for meaningful change to come about.

It’s a big task, but someone has to do it.  That someone may as well be me.  It may as well be you too.  Even better, it should be all of us together.

We can do this.  We can make change happen.  We can stop people from getting hurt by fluoroquinolones.  We may not be able to save everyone today or even tomorrow, but we can try.  And in trying, we are doing something.  We are making the world a safer and more just place.

“Trying” can be something little or something big.  It can be handing out cards warning people about FQ toxicity, it can be attending the FQ Awareness Rally in Washington D.C., it can be starting a blog, it can be talking to your friends about what happened to you, it can be filing a lawsuit, it can be enacting legislation, etc., etc.

In 2014, I resolve to DO SOMETHING about fluoroquinolone toxicity.  I hope that change comes about.  But if it doesn’t, well, I have my 2015 resolution set, and I’ll keep trying until people know about the causal links between fluoroquinolones and chronic diseases, until the frivolous over-use of fluoroquinolones is stopped, and until they stop giving these poisonous drugs to children.

If you feel inclined, I hope that you feel empowered enough to do something about fluoroquinolone toxicity in 2014 too.  It will take all of us to bring about change.  We can do it though.  We have to be able to.  No one else will and it’s important.  So, bring on 2014.  Let’s get ‘er done.


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8 thoughts on “Bring on 2014 – Happy New Year!

  1. Marie January 1, 2014 at 3:21 am Reply

    Thanks Lisa – your articles are so informative and interesting.
    I wish you and others – A Happy New Year!

    from Marie in Sweden

  2. Marie January 1, 2014 at 3:56 am Reply


    I just want to tell you that I copied some of your articles and visited a newly opened pharmacy here in Sweden.

    I also brought along information about bisfosphonates, statins and NSAID:s.

    There were no customers so I gave the pharmacist some background and told her (and the cashier) about the different articles that I was about to give her.

    I also told her that I hoped that she would take my visit/and the information in a good way. It was not ment to be critique of her. I also said that I thought the information might be useful in her work.

    Finally I asked if she had ever heard the word “floxie”, that people could be harmed by certain anbiotics – become “floxed”. She had never heard of it.

    I told her that I,myself, had no idea until a close friend was prescribed ciprofloxacin almost ten years ago and I started to look for Information on the Internet.

    She thanked me for sharing the information and I said – I hope you will find the written information and patient stories interesting. I will come back..
    She said – give me time – and I said don´t worry.

    When the conversation was over the cashier, who had been listening too, went back to her workplace and as I passed she said – How wonderful!
    What do you mean, I asked.
    She replied – I mean that it`s wonderful that there are people like you!


    • Lisa Bloomquist January 2, 2014 at 9:57 am Reply

      Thank you very much for your advocacy, Marie! I agree with the cashier, it is wonderful that there are people like you! You are making a change in the world and your efforts are greatly appreciated! 🙂 Telling one person at a time is how change is going to come about. A lot of people, myself included, are intimidated when talking to medical professionals (doctors, pharmacists, etc.) about fluoroquinolone toxicity / floxing. Good for you for approaching a pharmacist and telling her about FQs, bisfosphonates, statins and NSAIDs! I’m so pleased that she was receptive as well! The people in the medical system need to hear about these drugs, they need to hear about the dangers of them from people who have been hurt by them. So we need to tell them. It’s not easy, so I’m so glad that you did it – thank you!

  3. sweetjan79 January 2, 2014 at 2:40 am Reply

    Dearest Lisa,

    Happy 2014 to you. You are the reason why i want to believe healing is possible. you are also the reason why i am living my pain with confidence this will come to pass one day. because of you and your site, you give me a home to my pain whenever i need words of wisdom and comfort. thank you Lisa. though we don’t know each other in real life, you have made my life and many others blessed .


    • Lisa Bloomquist January 2, 2014 at 10:02 am Reply

      Thank you, Jarene! That is one of the kindest, most thoughtful, most complimentary messages I’ve ever received! I am so glad that I can help! We all need help through the floxing journey. Lots of people helped me through. The least I can do is pass on the assistance and help others through it too. It’s a rough road, but people do get down it, and I’m pleased that I can help you to know that healing is possible.

      May you have a wonderful and blessed 2014!


  4. Mark January 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm Reply

    A happy new year to you as well! I am getting better i feel. All be it very slowly. In all the negativity i found on the internet your website was like a fresh water fountain that gave me my spirit back to go on. Thank you for that. Have a great 2014 and may you help many more!

    • Lisa Bloomquist January 8, 2014 at 10:56 am Reply

      Thank you, Mark! I am pleased to hear that you are getting better! I hope that 2014 is a year of healing and recovery for you! Please keep in touch and let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

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