Each month, we shine a spotlight on a Black Rain customer who’s incorporating hemp into their life in order to overcome a challenging condition. This month, we’re highlighting Helen Raines, a Black Rain Warrior from Oakland living with pseudotumor cerebri, a neurological condition in which fluid surrounding her brain and spinal cord accumulates in the cranium.
Here’s Helen’s inspiring story in her own words.
“When the second test returned the same outcome, my doctors didn’t have an explanation as to why my condition had apparently gotten better. I give all the credit to Black Rain Hemp-Infused Alkaline Water.”
What condition are you treating? Pseudotumor Cerebri
What’s your favorite product? Black Rain Hemp Infused Alkaline Water
Everyone has fluid surrounding their spinal cord and brain, but, with my condition, this fluid accumulates abnormally, causing a high amount of pressure to build up inside my head. The symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri are nearly identical to that of a brain tumor — except without the tumor. Due to this disability, I had to deal with vision problems, hearing issues, and horrendous headaches dating back to the 1990s.
It took a long time for doctors to diagnose my pseudotumor cerebri because I didn’t fit the profile for the disability, and the condition is so rare. At first, my doctors thought it was migraines, so they tried to treat that. Then they tried antidepressants. And even after correctly diagnosing the disability, my doctors continued to prescribe a multitude of medications, but nothing seemed to work.
I would stand up and pass out. My vision would begin clouding like a Polaroid picture that’s still developing. My optic nerve became very swollen and worsened to the point where I had to have an operation. Then, in 2015, I had surgery again when doctors put in a shunt, a programmable valve and tubes running from my head to my abdomen.
My pain had been borderline unbearable for years. I was taking three Norcos daily just to get through the day. Then, a friend of mine introduced me to Claudette, Black Rain’s business manager. Claudette asked if I would like to try Black Rain Hemp-Infused Alkaline Water. I did, and I liked it, so I asked for a few bottles to take home.
Within days, my energy returned. I began to feel much better and more like a normal human being. I didn’t know if it was the alkaline water or the CBD, but whatever it was, it was working, so I kept my fridge full of Black Rain.
I continue to visit the doctor regularly to check on my eye health and at my most recent appointment, one of my tests came back with more positive results than usual. My doctors even readministered the test because they couldn’t believe the results. When the second test returned the same outcome, my doctors didn’t have an explanation as to why my condition had apparently gotten better. I give all the credit to Black Rain Hemp-Infused Alkaline Water.
Today, I take Black Rain with me everywhere. I keep a bottle in my car, one in my purse, and one with me at work. (The orange-pineapple flavor is my favorite.) Plus, I’m down to taking just half of a Norco tablet each day for pain. Black Rain has allowed me to function and do things I haven’t done in years. Now, I’m ordering it all the time!