July 20, 2019

Forty Years of “Living” with Knee Pain

A Story from One of Our Own Fusion Pharmacy Team Members

By Tonna Prince 


I wish I could tell you that it was a dark and stormy night when all of a sudden…

Instead, my story starts forty years ago on a bright and sunny southern Utah day. My high school classmates and I were playing in a girl’s powder-puff football practice when something tore inside my knee. The pain shot through me like a bolt of lightning, and before I knew it, I was carried off the field and was on my way home to nurse the injury.

 Two Knees, Three Surgeries

The following day, my mother and I went to the hospital, and the X-rays showed I had torn my knee cartilage and a ligament. This is where it begins for me; the first of two surgeries were scheduled before I even graduated from high school.

The first surgery was so completely unsuccessful that my parents and I went to Salt Lake City to see a specialist. The second surgery, performed in Salt Lake, entailed taking a piece of my own ankle cartilage and using it to re-repair my knee cartilage. This surgery worked well for me, mostly.

For many years, I was able to continue to do most things without a lot of pain. Then, while on a hunting trip in 1992, I lost my footing on a fence and injured my other knee. Unfortunately, this injury also required surgery for repair, making it the third surgery on my knees.

To say I have been living with knee pain would be an understatement. I like to say that I am living by compromising until it’s time for two new knees.

 Arthritis Is My Worst Enemy

As the years passed, arthritis became my biggest enemy. Dealing with pain has been an around-the-clock adventure in one way or another. During pain flare-ups, I have lived on 800mg of ibuprofen daily, if not multiple times a day. When ibuprofen wouldn’t work anymore, I began getting cortisone injections in both knees on a regular basis. I also used every pain cream and muscle rub on the market.

My family and I love to go to Disneyland. It’s our place for some of the best memory-making times in our family. Having two bad knees made it so hard to enjoy each moment, and most of the time, I sat on a bench, watching everyone around me. The arthritis also gave me a limp, which made everything that much harder because I couldn’t walk at a brisk pace to keep up with moving crowds. 


Still, I kept waiting to get knee replacement surgery. I did what I could and tried to enjoy what I could.

My First Few Days with Hemp/CBD

Let me bring you to the present day and tell you how my life has changed!

I work for Fusion Pharmacy, and over the last year, we have been investigating Hemp/CBD products: their properties and legalities. Above all, we have been investigating to see what brand we could trust as a pharmacy to offer our patients. When Hemp/CBD had a clear path legally in Utah and Fusion had determined a brand that suited their high standards of patient care, I decided it was time to give it a try for myself.

After a few days, I noticed I wasn’t limping with severe arthritis pain as much, especially in the morning. After a few more days had passed, I began to notice that I was sleeping much better. I was more comfortable, and I felt a little more rested after sleep.

A month passed, and I was enjoying shopping trips with my six daughters!

After Five Months With Hemp/CBD

It has now been five months since I began Hemp/CBD therapy, and I just walked thirteen miles in two days at Disneyland! I climbed aboard every ride and enjoyed every minute without sitting on a bench!

Yes. My knees were sore and tired after walking that much, but I wasn’t in so much pain that I had to “quit and sit,” and that makes all the difference in the world to me. I absolutely love what Hemp/CBD has done for me! My whole family loves what Hemp/CBD has done, too. They have “me” back.

I am now looking forward to more shopping with my daughters and my daughter-in-law, more Disneyland vacations, more camping and hiking with my son, more church activities, and more of everything! 

Let me add one last observation: This is the first time in forty years that the desert winter and spring weather hasn’t bothered my knees and disrupted my life with pain! 

I’ll never again be without my Hemp/CBD.


A Note from the Pharmacy:

Hemp/CBD does not require a prescription and is sold over-the-counter. Dosing will vary from person to person and should be self-monitored with care to maximize the potential of its benefits.

Fusion Pharmacy has done the Hemp/CBD homework for you! 

Fusion Pharmacy carries one of the nation’s leading “Farm-to-Pharmacy” brands for full-spectrum Hemp/CBD. Our professional grade Hemp/CBD is sold only through pharmacies. It is rich in active cannabinoids and has been shown to help people who are suffering with chronic pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, post chemotherapy sickness, and more. If you are curious about what Hemp/CBD can do for you, please come in! Our pharmacists are happy to help you! We also carry sample packs that are available for purchase, and all of our Ananda Professional Hemp/CBD products come with a ninety-day money-back guarantee. 


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