Happy Holidays, friends!
For those who celebrate Chanukkah, HAPPY CHANUKKAH!
For those who celebrate Christmas, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
And for those who just want to celebrate the solstice, HAPPY SOLSTICE!
I hope that each of you has a lovely holiday season, filled with love and joy! I hope that any pain you’re experiencing because of FQ toxicity is lessened by the warmth and love of family and friends.
Though I sincerely hope that your holidays are filled with joy and love, I know that the holidays can be difficult for many people–especially those dealing with mysterious, chronic illness (like fluoroquinolone toxicity).
It’s difficult enough to feel like your body is falling apart–it’s even rougher when you’re expected to decorate the house.
It’s difficult enough to have a mysterious illness that most medical professionals don’t understand–it’s even rougher when family members don’t understand.
It’s difficult enough to have lost your job and income because of your illness–it’s even rougher when you feel guilty about not being able to afford presents for your loved ones.
It’s difficult enough to deal with horrible food sensitivities–it’s even rougher when everyone thinks that your food sensitivities are made up and that you should just have a cookie.
It’s difficult enough to deal with fatigue and exhaustion–it’s even rougher when kids need your time, attention and energy.
The holidays can, without a doubt, be a time of struggle for those dealing with multi-symptom, mysterious illnesses like fluoroquinolone toxicity.
I hope that those who are dealing with pain, exhaustion, lack of acknowledgement, financial troubles, grief, loneliness, etc. this holiday season are able to find support, love and healing. If those aren’t possible, I hope that you just are able to get through the season not too terribly scathed.
I hope that the traditions of the season give you comfort and joy. I hope that sitting by a fire warms your bones, and that hot apple cider warms your tummy. I hope that you get and give presents that show you and your loved ones that you are, indeed, loved. I hope that you enjoy some delicious food. I hope that you feel loved and appreciated and that both lessen the pain that you’re experiencing. I hope that you feel grateful for the gifts that remain in your life, because cultivating a feeling of gratitude is healing and good for the soul. I hope that this is a time of healing for your body, mind and spirit.
I truly wish you Happy Holidays, friends!
Post Script – Tragically, several people have lost their battles with fluoroquinolone toxicity recently. My heart aches for their loved ones. I’m sure that this holiday season will be especially difficult for them, and I am so, so, so sorry for their losses! I hope that they are able to find some hope and healing even though the holidays will, undoubtedly, be difficult. Huge hugs to each of you!