Dear <<First Name>>,
A death this past week shook the world and especially basketball fans everywhere. Kobe Bryant, as you likely have heard, died in a random helicopter accident along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant. When I first saw the news, even though it said "breaking," I immediately thought it was fake. Everyone dies, but when it comes to professional athletes, it's always quite strange to remember that they may not always be healthy and that they, too, pass away. My condolences to basketball fans who subscribe to this newsletter, to the LA Lakers, and of course, to the Bryant family.
It's even stranger still to see a professional athlete seriously injured, even though that's part of the deal. Dominick Cruz, a UFC Bantamweight Champion suffered this fate when he was floxed by Cipro. According to Wikipedia, "Cruz revealed that he was plagued by plantar fascia tendinitis throughout training camp that made it difficult for him to walk at times [on the Joe Rogan Experience]." More specifically, he revealed that he was floxed in that very episode. In his interview, which you can watch here, he explains that Cipro makes your tendons soft and that this was likely the cause of one of his injuries at the time. He blames himself over any doctor for what happened to him because he says that you should trust your doctor, but you should still always read the warnings. I totally agree and feel similarly although I hope that this film will help create changes in the medical community as a whole that can protect people from unnecessary harm.
Cruz has recovered and got back into the ring even though he continues to have injuries, as many UFC fighters do. According to Cruz, frequent injuries in MMA fighting is normal, but he probably knows (and us floxies know) that frequent tendon injuries after taking Cipro can also happen.
Getting floxed can happen to anyone, even an MMA fighter. You can die, too, at any time, for any reason. Our fates are seemingly random, but how we live our lives, with grace and fearlessness, with strength and resilience, is up to us. There's a Buddhist saying, that loosely translated, says something like: "What comes next, tomorrow or the next life, we'll never know."
Stay strong today and have a good weekend.
Floxie, Director, and Producer of 'Floxed'