15. Dec, 2016

A Merry Christmas 2016


This is my Facebook Christmas message. I've always been concerned that when I post anything warning about benzodiazepines it gets far fewer likes than posts concerning myself or my family. This is a strange fact of the Facebook world....it really does illustrate how people, even friends can turn away from anything that they don't want to believe in. Sadly life is not all strawberries and cream and family fun. Too often there is a dark side to reality.  Such is real life, my real life and your real life and many honestly don't want to know. This makes me so grateful for the friends I've made on my journey towards health after being poisoned for so long as well as the few understanding true life friends who have supported me throughout with no judgement.


'I would like to wish all my Facebook friends a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and healthy 2017.

I would particularly like to say thank you to all the friends that have stood by me over the last, very difficult four years of my life. It's been a long, hard road and one that's not yet ended.

Iatrogenic illness is defined as, 'A condition caused by a physician or by prescription drug therapy'. As most of you will know I've been suffering this with the support of a wonderful husband and family. Without them I couldn't have got through all the indescribable hell and I'm so grateful for their understanding and the knowledge that it can take many years for the brain to fully recover.

Many friends here are alongside me in all this because they've suffered from the prescribing of a benzodiazepine drug themselves and are able to empathise fully. Benzodiazepines are handed out by doctors all over the world for anxiety, insomnia and muscle pain and include the well know drugs Diazepam (Valium), Ativan, Temazepam, Nitrazepam and so forth. All are commonly prescribed in the UK and should not be taken for longer than two to four weeks as recommended by the BMA and NICE guidelines. Sadly this doesn't always happen and prescribing can go on for many, many years, as in my case, to patients uninformed of their dangers. The result is damage to the brain which in some people can be permanent.

I'm saddened by the fact that many of us sufferers often have to go unsupported by friends in 'real life' who are unable to appreciate the long and difficult recovery we have to face so they slowly, over the years disappear. I'm saying this to urge those that know people suffering in long term illnesses not to forget them as it's now they need you more than ever. In the past I've supported charities throughout the world through Rotary and other fund raising organisations but I've been made to realise that far more help is needed on our own doorsteps. I will in future concentrate on this myself as David has already started doing. My biggest THANKS goes out to those who have stayed in touch in spite of their own busy lives and their own family and domestic problems, you are angels.

David and I will continue in 2017 to work for recognition of the scandal of benzodiazepine prescribing which is thankfully, after 60 years, finally getting some media coverage in the UK.

My Christmas message is therefore....(see picture).'   


HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2016 to all followers of Beating Benzos. 🎄