I realize that some people may come to this forum in search of hope, after being blindsided by a condition they never saw coming. I’d like to offer those people a few words of encouragement: Healing is possible. Not everyone suffers the same way, because everyone’s body is different. The tools you need to facilitate healing are here, so you’re on the right track. You just have to be willing to commit to a protocol that works for you, trust your instincts, and stay the course. It takes disciple, mentally and physically. Embrace the small victories, the peaks and the valleys.

I was floxed on February 22nd of this year. I could barely walk. I developed terrible tendinitis in my feet and ankles, neuropathy in my hands, feet and calves, as well as tinnitus in my left ear. It scared the (bleep) out of me. I thought, “How could I be a healthy 30-something year old one day and have the body of an 90-year-old the next?” I walked with a cane for almost a month. I used wheelchairs in airports. I purchased a mobility device to help me get to and from work. I struggled every minute of every day.

Fortunately, I found this forum within days of my floxing. After reading the stories here, I knew exactly what had happened to me. I began a regimine of supplements — magnesium, NAC, mitochondrial supports and others. I paid close attention to how I reacted to each. I changed my diet and went gluten-free. I ate only antibiotic-free meats. I cut down on sugar and increased my intake of organic fruits and vegetables. I also read everything I could to understand my condition.

For weeks, I woke up feeling only slightly better. Some mornings I felt worse. The slightest bit of stress would make my symptoms flare. I longed for the day when I could walk barefoot on my tile floors again. I couldn’t chase my daughter around the playground. I couldn’t even carry in the groceries.

But I was stubborn and disciplined.

I found a good podiatrist, who fit me for shoe inserts and assigned me stretching exercises for my feet; I saw a rheumatologist, who tested me for every kind of disease imaginable; and I found a naturalist who helped me determine which supplements were safe for me to take. It was exhausting, and I was experimenting on my body, which was terrifying.

I’m now only 10 weeks post-flox and nearly symptom free. I’ve actually been that way for nearly a month. Occasionally, I get some stiffness in my ankles and ringing in my ears. But most days it’s undetectable. More of an annoyance than a disability. I no longer need my shoe inserts, and I’m proudly wearing high heels again. I can eat gluten again without a flare up. I can drink alcohol. I can walk for miles up and go up down stairs without pain. I can dance and jump and carry luggage through the airport. Most importantly, I can hold my 2-year-old daughter without the fear of popping a tendon.

Before I was floxed, I was a runner. While I haven’t tried running, I’m confident I’ll be able to. All in due time is my motto now. In time, this will all be something I experienced once. In time, this will all be over.

** The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer. It is not intended as medical advice. No person who submits his or her story, nor the people associated with Floxie Hope, diagnoses or treats any illness. The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice. Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site. Please also note that people have varying responses to the treatments mentioned in each story. What helps one person may not help, and may even hurt, another person. It is important that you understand that supplements, IVs, essential oils, and all other treatments, affect people differently depending on the millions of variables that make each of us unique. Please use appropriate caution and prudence, and get professional medical advice.