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My ultimate passion is to help and now share my successes and mistakes with you through webinars, speaking and media to help you be more informed about any medical decisions.

In 2009, I made the worst decision of my life and had an elective surgery gone bad, which resulted in a blog turning into a book.   My harrowing story from mild incontinence to no urethra and wearing a belly bag is hoping to help other women to make better informed decisions. I am hoping I can provide further insight, decisions, tips on comfortable living, and how to live with a chronic illness, but not letting it define you. I hope this helps other women suffering post mesh and/or effects of Cipro side effects.


Let’s talk about prescribed drugs for a minute. When you pick up your drug do you open the pamphlet stapled to the bag with the drug. Take a few minutes – it may inform you of something important about the drug you are going to take. My surgeon prescribed CIPRO, an antibiotic, before during and after the six surgeries with him. He was not aware that CIPRO had a black box (2008) which warns consumers of a potential dangerous side effect. Further warnings and side effects were added in 2013 and 2016. In 2016, the FDA advised that fluoroquinolones (family including Cipro, Factiv, Levaquin, Avelox, Noroxin, and Floxin) should only be used only when no other options are available. Yet my pharmacist indicates they are dispensing it like candy every day. CIPRO is like Russian Roulette – some are affected, and others are not. Check out the report http://www.ehealthme.com/drug/cipro/side-effects/#print the FDA completed. It’s shocking CIPRO is still on the market.

I couldn't find anything on Facebbok about the life altering effects.  We need to educate patients to research any procedure, doctor and medicines.  In addition we, especially women , need to beome strong medical advocates for ourselves. I fell into the "web" of not advocating for myself, recently in the hospital, 5/2018, when I was being discharged with no results from tests for the reason I was admitted--shame on me (and the nurse)!


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