Marie Maxfield: Fibromyalgia and Interstitial Cystitis

Marie Maxfield was born in California but moved to Utah when she was 11. Marie is a professional musician and has taught band, orchestra, and has participated in many local symphony orchestras including as a conductor.

She moved with her family from Utah to California in August of 2014 after having suffered from many health issues for years including Crohns disease, migraines, severe anxiety, kidney stones, interstitial cystitis, and fibromyalgia.

“I have had many surgeries and hospital stays over the past 20 years. I was in constant pain, every single day. At that point in time I was taking over two dozen pills in the morning and another dozen or so before bed.”

Because of her daily regimen of medication and a laundry list of side-affects, she was not experiencing relief. Her symptoms were interfering with her family life and career and she needed to desperately wanted to improve her life and mitigate the symptoms of her conditions.

After moving to California, she had a friend reach out and ask if she had considered trying medical cannabis.

“I said no, and I wasn’t going to. In the back of my mind, it was still illegal in Utah and I had heard many times that there was nothing medical about cannabis. I finally decided to research it more and the more I read, the more I wanted to talk to a doctor about it. I had already tried everything else, so why not cannabis?”

After many weeks of research Marie gathered her extensive medical records and made an appointment with a physician. After discussing her options, they decided that medical cannabis was worthy of consideration and the physician recommended she try cannabis.

“I have to admit, I waited a couple weeks after I got my card before I went to a dispensary because I still couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that this was a legal option for me. The dispensary wasn’t like what I had pictured, it was clean, professional, and basically just a pharmacy.”

Marie is still working with a gastroenterologist to treat and manage her Crohn’s disease and also sees a physician for pain management associated with her other illnesses but medicine cabinet is a far cry from what it used to be. She says it provides a good metaphor for her life now.

“Using cannabis has not cured my Crohns or any of my other issues, but my way of life is much better than before. The day I disposed of the prescriptions I no longer use was like finally experiencing life firsthand. No more haze, no more side-affects, and no more worrying about addiction.”

Marie is sharing her story from California because she wants her friends, neighbors, and the citizens of Utah to know that medical cannabis deserves consideration.