Thursday, June 2, 2016

Reach Out

This is a tough topic to discuss and the most difficult post I’ve written however in light of the loss of another floxie recently I feel it needs to be addressed. I think all of us have felt hopeless at one point or another in dealing with FQAD/FQT. I know I have. I’ve felt the despair and unfortunately it’s another side affect of FQs. That said I’ve lived with FQAD for nine years now and I’m glad that I’m still here. Have I healed? Yes and no. Some things have improved or healed while others have not but I’m happy and enjoy life again.

I want anyone out there who’s considering throwing in the towel to please reconsider and know that you are not alone. Please reach out to someone whether it is a family member, a friend or someone in our support groups. The people in the support groups are some of the kindest most compassionate and caring people I’ve ever met and they know what you’re going through. I know what you’re going through too and I’m willing to listen if you need me. Please reach out to someone. A suggestion is to have a floxie buddy system in place. Find a few floxies in the group that you connect with so you can reach out to them when you need someone to lean on. You don’t have to fight this alone. People care about you and love you. Hang in there as it can and often does get better. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen some very sick people get better to the point where they are back functioning at jobs they love, they are out enjoying activities with family members or like me they are embracing new pursuits that accommodate their limitations.

Getting floxed isn’t easy but you don’t need to throw in the towel. I’m here to tell you that there is life after floxing. Life is a blessing. It’s not always easy but it can be enjoyable. Not all our problems can be fixed but they can be carried. If you’re struggling with a heavy load ask for help. You’ll be amazed at the outpouring of support you’ll receive.

Take my Hand, Betsy


  1. I strongly suggest bonding and getting close to a few people... maybe even those in your area. It makes a big difference.

    1. I agree Terry. We all need a support system in place to get through this.