As we have been telling you, in Upani we have different "clients" and all of them with their circumstances. We put it in quotes because many of them have become part of Upani. From them we know what happens to them, how they feel, and how Upani has influenced their lives.
Ana Barandica's interview is very special for us. We didn't know Ana at all, we started talking to her when she contacted us to explain that she suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and that she had heard about the benefits of CBD oil for this type of disease.
Over the months, she became one of our best clients and not only because of the trust placed in us when choosing us to accompany her on this path, but also because she shouted from the rooftopswhat Upani had helped him.
And as another sign of generosity on his part, he had no qualms about accepting that we interview him in which he could explain his entire story first-hand. That story that is now also ours.
Here we go!
At what age were you diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and why did you go to the doctor?
I was diagnosed when I was 21 years old. I went to the doctor because I had what is known as an outbreak. I was on vacation in Cadiz in the middle of summer, and it was very hot, I later found out that many people diagnosed with MS have hypersensitivity to heat and that was probably what caused that flare-up. It started with tingling in my feet, which went up my legs, and a couple of days later I stopped feeling my body from the chest down, I could walk but not feeling my own body made it quite complicated for me, I had hardly any control about what he did or did not do, including going to the toilet. So I decided to go to the nearest medical center, where they did some locomotor tests and they advised me to return to Vitoria to be seen by the neurologists at the hospital. There, after carrying out all the pertinent tests, they informed me of what the most likely diagnosis was going to be.
Was it hard for you to assimilate your illness on a psychological level?
Yes, I would say that I am still assimilating it and that I will never stop doing it because it is a disease with many open fronts. It is very changeable and that means you have to constantly readapt yourself, facing different situations.
Even so, it is true that I did a conscious exercise from the beginning to assimilate it and accept it in the best possible way. I decided to face the situation with a proactive and more positive than negative attitude from the beginning, although I was not always able to, but since I left the hospital I knew that I did not want to allow the disease to take control of my life.
It must be said that I was able to do it because my closest environment could not do it better. Thanks to them I made decisions that helped improve my physical and psychological health such as; go to an association, and to different specialists: psychologists, physiotherapists and nutritionists, in addition to doing a lot of exercise.
We know that you went through episodes of anxiety and stress, how did you get rid of it?
I achieved it mainly thanks to sports, sessions with a psychologist specialized in the disease, and not turning what happened to me into a taboo. The support of my family was very important, and communicating with them about how I was feeling was crucial.
When you were diagnosed, did you know what it was?
Not entirely, I was very uninformed, and in fact when they tell you that you have MS the first thing you think is that you are going to stay in a wheelchair the next day, and that is a stigma that doctors have tried to remove from your head since the beginning, because it can happen but most likely not, and that you can lead a more or less normal life.
I was over-informed by the doctors, so afterwards I had to do a lot of research on my own and with different types of professionals.
What were the symptoms that most prevented you from doing your daily life?
In my case, what has affected me the most on a daily basis is fatigue and lack of energy. Although there have been times and depending on the moment, the symptoms that alter your daily life are one or the other.
The first two years the worst daily symptoms were fatigue, lack of sexual desire, less sensitive body areas, constant pain in specific areas, and depression. Although all this is part of the disease, the medication itself also contributed to these symptoms, which also had its own side effects as well.
Over time and as a result of learning about this disease and how my body works, I have gradually improved my quality of life. Now what “limits” me the most is fatigue and some focused pain.
Before you found Upani, did you know what CBD oil was? Have you tried another?
I knew what it was but I didn't know the extent of all its uses and benefits. I thought it was something more playful. I did not know that its uses were so diverse and therapeutic. Years ago I tried one but not consistently and over time.
It was recently that a specialist gave me the idea of including thecbd oil in my routine He explained to me what the benefits that can be obtained from the oil were, and that many of his patients in the same situation used it and that they were very happy including it in their care.
What made you choose Upani over other CBD oils?
I did a lot of research, I searched and asked everything I needed to make the best decision for me, and I ended up opting for Upani because a person very close to me introduced it to me, because when I found the brand it seemed to me that it was just what I was looking for; pure, 100% natural, produced in Europe, with 0% THC, with MCT to absorb it better, and because when I contacted you, you gave me all the information that anyone would have needed in such a delicate situation, in the way friendly and close as possible without any kind of commitment. I felt that you really cared about your clients, and the fact that you were from Vitoria, and that you were a small young company, left me in no doubt that you were my choice.
Do you know people in your situation who already took it?
No, but now my friends in the same situation are starting to get to know him and become interested.
How does CBD oil help you in your day to day life?
Depending on how I wake up, I take between 3 and 5 drops at the beginning of the day, and that helps me eliminate fatigue and be able to work, greatly reduce stress and anxiety, and eliminate the pain in one of my ankles that causes lameness. If it has been a very hard day at work, when I get home in the afternoon, and I feel very tired and sore, I take another 3 drops, and after a few minutes I can continue enjoying the rest of my day, when I used to or if I had to do nothing because I couldn't physically.
Upani has given me energy, possibilities and joy, because before I was very frustrated that fatigue and pain did not allow me to have more life.
Are you happy with Upani as a brand?
I'm delighted! You are professionals, the product is fantastic, the treatment is wonderful, and I also identify a lot with the style that you transmit through your brand.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is wondering if CBD oil is good for them, what would it be?
I would tell him to try it without a doubt, that it would not do him any harm, to be well informed and to ask a professional and the brand everything that generates any doubts so that he would know what his most appropriate option would be, because he was sure going to notice improvement. I would tell you that it is a safe bet in physical and mental health.
I would tell him to forget about any stigma that may surround these types of products, because when I have talked about this with people, I have found that it is imposed on some. They relate it directly to the consumption of marijuana, and it's a shame, but as soon as you explain a little to them, they immediately open up to knowing theCBD benefits.