Maggie Slighte received her first medical recommendation four days before being discharged without notice by her urologist, who had been prescribing fentanyl and Percocet to her for over seven years. The resulting trial into opioid withdrawals changed her life.
Having had a curiosity into the medical world that ignited her education and employment in her 20s as a medical assistant for a small medical practice, Maggie used this new challenge to refine her attitudes and knowledge. Having previously believed that cannabis had no medical value, after reading testimonials and following them with scientific research, in 2007 discovered she had been wrong. Not only did cannabis have medical value, but it was also the herb she required.
Once she found a treatment for her pain and PTSD, at 46 years young, Maggie still felt a spiritual emptiness. On March 6, 2013, she hit her knees in prayer and asked Heavenly Father how to come closer to Christ. The resulting personal revelation led her to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After her spiritual conversion, Maggie was impressed to continue her education in creative nonfiction writing. She finished her Bachelor of Arts at Southern New Hampshire University, then continued at National University to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction.
After exposure to an antibiotic (levofloxacin) in mid-2017, Maggie’s disabilities profoundly increased. While her stature is different in a powerchair, she has found a new opportunity for her spirit of advocacy while traveling over broken sidewalks.
When she isn’t writing, advocating, or traveling, Maggie enjoys researching her family tree, spending time with her grandchildren, and her two dogs.