Monthly Archives: November 2020

Healing Data

Vince, a fellow floxie, did something really amazing–he read through all 124 recovery stories on Floxie Hope (as of 11/18/2020) and compiled data on what helped those who recovered. He has graciously granted all of us access to the data that he gathered. You can view it here:

FLOXIE HOPE RECOVERY DATA

The things mentioned most often in the recovery stories are:

  1. Magnesium supplementation (73 mentions)
  2. A healthy diet (69 mentions)
  3. B vitamins (37 mentions)
  4. Vitamin C (36 mentions)
  5. Vitamin D (33 mentions)
  6. Exercise (30 mentions)

I suggest that all of you look through the rest of the data compiled by Vince to get the full picture of what helped the 124 floxies who have shared their stories on Floxie Hope. It’s a really wonderful compilation.

I have always meant to put together something like the spreadsheet that Vince created, but I never got around to it. Vince took on this project like a BOSS and got it done. (Note – he did it on his own without me asking him to do it, I just have always thought that it would be a great thing but I never got around to it – Vince did.)

THANK YOU, VINCE! This is a wonderful tool for the floxed community.

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Lisa’s Successor

As I described in my last post, I am retiring from Floxie Hope and handing the site over to someone else. That “someone else” is…..

Jason Sousa

Many of you know Jason through Facebook and other platforms.

I wanted to hand Floxie Hope over to a fellow floxie, and preferably one who has recovered. Jason meets those requirements. He was floxed in 2014 and recovered in 2019 through a variety of methods that he will surely tell you about as he publishes posts, podcasts, videos, etc.

Just as importantly (if not more so) I wanted to hand Floxie Hope over to someone who showed a desire to advocate for and be involved with the floxie community. Jason has shown that he wants to help people through fluoroquinolone toxicity by starting a Facebook group focused on recovery from fluoroquinolone toxicity (Healing Floxing from Fluoroquinolones), posting tips for recovery in that group, coaching people (he’ll tell you more about that), making videos on a variety of topics related to healing from fluoroquinolone toxicity (check them out – https://www.youtube.com/user/jaysousa88), and more.

You will get to know Jason as he starts posting here on Floxie Hope.

Jason wrote this introduction note:

Thank you Lisa for entrusting me to be the caretaker of Floxiehope. I can only hope to carry on your legacy and instill the hope you gave to so many like myself in your posts. From the beginning of my journey my goal was to give hope and inspire others with my story. Floxiehope has done just that for so many readers of the posts on the site. I will continue to advocate for others, post recovery stories and add so even more valuable content. I will be actively engaging with the community to find those who have recovered, interviewing doctors and scientist working on the topic and adding video content. I can only hope that I will have the support of the community to assist me in taking Floxiehope to the next level. Lisa, you will be missed from the community but from all of us that have crossed your path along the way we thank you so much for being a pillar of hope.

🙂 Thanks so much, Jason! 🙂

I anticipate that there will be many differences in style between me (Lisa) and Jason. He will focus more on videos and less on written posts, he has expressed desire to revive the podcast (sorry for letting that lapse so horribly), and the site will transition from my perspective to his. His perspective is different from mine – of course. His journey is different, and what he has to say and teach is different from what I have/had to say and teach.

I hope that you all welcome Jason to his new role as owner/creator/administrator/etc. of Floxie Hope.

As I mentioned in my last post, this transition is bittersweet and hard for me, but I am confident that Jason will shepherd the site well. He is passionate about helping people through fluoroquinolone toxicity, and I am confident that he will be great at it. I ask all my floxie friends and community members to be as kind and generous to Jason as you have been to me.

The transition will be gradual over the next few weeks. We plan to complete the transition before 12/31/2020. I’ll be supporting Jason through the transition, and as needed after 1/1/2021.

I am looking forward to seeing what Jason does with Floxie Hope, and which directions he takes the site in! He has a great energy and perspective, and a lot to teach and give. He’ll be great. 🙂

 

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Retirement Farewell

I started Floxie Hope back in 2013, about 18-months after the start of my fluoroquinolone toxicity journey. At 18-months post-flox, I had largely recovered and wanted a place to share my recovery story. Though I had recovered physically, I still had a lot of anger and emotional energy around the experience of getting poisoned by ciprofloxacin. I wanted (needed) something productive to do with those emotions, so I poured them (and my heart) into Floxie Hope. Writing about my experiences, my anger, and my hope, helped me to process the emotions I was experiencing. Helping people through fluoroquinolone toxicity, advocating, investigating, writing, testifying, and speaking about fluoroquinolone toxicity became a huge part of my life. This site, and the floxie community, became my purpose and my passion. I loved advocating, I loved helping, and, even though it’s an arduous process for me, I loved writing about fluoroquinolone toxicity. It was good–at times it was great–and I am grateful for all that this site has brought me (I’m not grateful for the fluoroquinolone toxicity, but I am grateful for the purpose, joy, community, passion, etc. that this site has brought). 

As they say, all good things come to an end, and I have decided that this is the end of my journey as a fluoroquinolone toxicity fighter. I have decided to move on, and to hand Floxie Hope on to someone else (more on that later). It’s bittersweet. I am sure that I’ll miss everything about Floxie Hope–especially the people it connected me to.

Getting to a place where I was fully recovered from fluoroquinolone toxicity was always my goal. I was physically recovered many years ago. It took a lot longer to recover emotionally, and it took even longer to recover from the anger. That time has come though. I am fully recovered on every level. Even the anger is gone.

But with subsiding anger, there has been subsiding passion and connection. Many of you have noticed my lack of passion and connection, and have commented on it. I’m sorry for not giving this community the energy that I used to give it. You (the floxie community) deserve passionate people fighting for the cause. I am no longer one of those people, and it is time for me to step aside.

I am retiring, and handing Floxie Hope over to someone else. Though Floxie Hope has “Lisa” all over it–it started with my story, most of the posts are written by me in my voice, and it’s in a style that I like–it is bigger than me. Floxie Hope is more than just a website too. It is a community, a resource, and a tool. I don’t want those things to go away just because I’m going away. I don’t want the site to fade just because I no longer have the emotional energy to maintain it. So, I am handing it over to a fellow “floxie.” I’ll introduce him in my next post.

This post is to announce my retirement. Sometime between now and the end of 2020 I will transition away from Floxie Hope. I anticipate that the change will be difficult for some people–change is always difficult for some people (myself included)–but I hope that Floxie Hope comes through the transition as a stronger, more resilient, energized tool and resource. I suspect that the person that will take the transition hardest is me. Letting go is going to be hard. But I think that letting go, and handing Floxie Hope over to someone that has the energy to nurture it, is better than letting it languish. I think it’s the right thing to do.

So…. this is the beginning of my goodbye. The transition will be gradual, and I’ll put up a few more posts, but I will be leaving soon.

It’s been great being a part of the floxie community. It’s a community full of wonderful, generous, thoughtful people. I will miss you, friends! Thank you to each and every one of you who has contributed to this site and this community. Hundreds of people have generously spent so much of their time and energy supporting each other with their stories of hope and healing, comments that have helped others through the horrors of fluoroquinolone toxicity, emails, phone calls, and so much more. It’s a community, and I will miss it generally, and many of you specifically. I will continue to be available via Facebook for those who want to reach me personally.

Please be good to each other. Be kind, be generous, and be hopeful–these are my wishes for my floxie friends and the floxie community.

xoxo,

Lisa

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The Anxiety Summit 2020

 

Anxiety Summit 6 – Toxins, Meds & InfectionsAnxiety Summit 6 – Toxins, Meds & Infections

Fluoroquinolone-Induced Anxiety

As many of you know, fluoroquinolones can induce awful anxiety. There is information about fluoroquinolone-induced anxiety in the following posts:

Fluoroquinolone-induced anxiety can be so horrible, that it can have truly tragic consequences, as described in PSYCHIATRIC ADVERSE REACTIONS TO PHARMACEUTICALS IGNORED. Shea McCarthy lost his life because of his serious and severe psychiatric reaction to Levaquin. It’s horrible, and my heart aches for all of his loved ones.

The Anxiety Summit

Fluoroquinolone toxicity induced anxiety is discussed in The Anxiety Summit 6

We all experience anxiety. It’s your body’s natural (and normal) response to a threat. And with the reaction to a fluoroquinolone can create a lot of anxiety and managing it can be frustrating, of course. We may be able to learn skills to manage the stress of the reaction.

Self-care is key to managing it, but understanding, identifying and addressing anxiety’s many root causes is paramount.

Anxiety can be related to fluoroquinolone toxicity, or your daily life experiences, and it can also be triggered by the foods you eat, environmental toxins, many types of medications, and/or chronic infections like Lyme disease or candida.

Once you identify the root causes and understand anxiety’s mechanisms you can implement targeted, supportive solutions and get relief.

—>>Find anxiety solutions when you attend this complimentary, online event!

Your host, Food Mood Expert and certified nutritionist Trudy Scott, is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution and educates anxious individuals and practitioners about nutritional solutions for anxiety. This is her 6th Anxiety Summit, featuring all new topics and the latest research related to anxiety and toxins, medications and infections.

Trudy also experienced many of these health challenges herself — lead and mercury toxicity, gluten issues, candida — and is currently dealing with chronic Lyme disease and dietary oxalate issues. She’s here to share her journey and the solutions she’s found along the way.

We hope you’ll join us, be enlightened and find your solutions!

The Anxiety Summit 6 could help you with:

  • Overwhelm, worry & stress
  • PTSD, panic attacks, fears or phobias
  • OCD & obsessive thoughts or behaviors
  • Anxiety caused by exposure to environmental toxins
  • Understanding psychiatric impacts of infections
  • Addressing nutritional deficiencies & making dietary changes
  • Natural alternatives to anti-anxiety medications & antidepressants
  • And so much more!

You can truly get started on better health today!

Anxiety Summit 6 – Toxins, Meds & InfectionsAnxiety Summit 6 – Toxins, Meds & Infections

You are not going to want to miss this event.

The event is filled with free and premium content with videos and ebooks. I look forward to attending the Anxiety Summit with you from November 2-8 2020