Living With The Disease
It is common to feel anxious about your health or lifestyle when diagnosed with osteoporosis – feelings of loneliness, depression and helplessness are all very common. At Osteoporosis Canada, we are here to help you. We provide many services and resources for Canadians living with osteoporosis, including free publications, a bilingual toll-free information line, educational programs and referrals to self-help groups and community resources. If you feel you need additional support or mental health resources, please contact the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health or your local mental health organization.
Despite the natural concern that can come with an osteoporosis diagnosis, it’s important to think about what you can do, and remember that people with osteoporosis adjust and go on to live full, active lives. Today, with the help of medications and appropriate lifestyle changes, individuals can reduce their risk of fracture and in some cases, even improve bone mass.
Support groups are places where people in the same situation can learn from guest speakers, talk freely with one another, exchange ideas and experiences, and help each other to cope with a shared problem. Joining an osteoporosis support group will put you in touch with people who understand just what you are going through because they are going through or have gone through it themselves.
Find a support group near you.
If you’ve been recently diagnosed, here are some strategies to help you on your journey
Learn about your disease and understand the important steps you can take to live well with it. Osteoporosis Canada operates a toll-free information line, offering trained volunteers who can discuss your concerns, send appropriate information and refer you to local resources or support group near you where available.
Join support networks
Consider joining the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network (COPN) Our patient population is strong, and this group will allow you to connect with others facing similar issues. You can find relevant groups by calling Osteoporosis Canada’s information line at 1-800-463-6842.
Talk with your doctor
After learning more about your disease, speak with your doctor to review your treatment options and lifestyle changes, and discuss what will work best for you and your lifestyle. Make sure to bring a list of questions and a notebook to make sure you leave feeling comfortable and educated about your disease and options.