In 2008, Gerry was diagnosed during a screening by his doctor because he had risk factors. Since then, he has managed his osteoporosis and now has low bone mass (osteopenia) and has steered clear of fractures. Although his life hasn’t changed all that much, he volunteers on a regular basis with Osteoporosis Canada. He finds that it helps people to be able to talk to someone who also has osteoporosis.
A retired nurse, Jo-Anne, 60, found out she had osteoporosis six years ago. Not one to be intimidated, she immediately took action, deciding to learn more about the disease by volunteering at Osteoporosis Canada’s National office in Toronto.
Upon his retirement in 2006 from his position with the federal government, Larry turned his attention to learning more about osteoporosis. His quest for answers and information he could trust led him to the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network and Osteoporosis Canada.
Juanita Gledhill had just celebrated her 50th birthday. During her annual physical, she asked her doctor for a bone density test. Juanita’s mom lives with osteoporosis and given her mother’s diagnosis, Juanita worked hard to reduce her risk of getting the disease. She ensured she got enough calcium and protein in her diet and stayed active.
Osteoporosis had made a sudden, undesirable change in Anne Harland’s active life in the summer of 2008. She had thoroughly enjoyed dragon boat paddling with the Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team for the last nine years and had been taking osteoporosis medication for the same amount of time.
Colm was first diagnosed with osteoporosis of the lumbar spine in 2007. In August 2010 he tripped and fell while running and broke his left arm just below the shoulder joint. But Colm didn’t let this stop him from getting fit. To date he has 7 Marathon and 8 Ironman finishes. In 2010, he won his age-group at St. Croix 70.3 (Half-Ironman), U.S. Virgin Islands, and qualified for the Ironman World Championship at Kona, Hawaii, to be held October 8th, 2011!
Margaret McNabb suffered from a sore back for years and years, and kept going to her physician until he finally referred her to a specialist. Although the thought had never occurred to her, Margaret was diagnosed with osteoporosis after a bone mineral density test when she was 50 years old.
Dr. Sadhana Prasad
Three children, two grandchildren, a demanding old cat called Saucepan, several screws and a few rods in her spine following a vertebral fracture – and none of these stopped Dr. Sadhana Prasad from continuing to pursue her passions: caring and advocating for her patients, climbing mountains, hiking, skiing, gardening, and championing environmental issues.
Christine Thomas was only 42 when, bending to lift her newborn daughter, she fractured her spine. Diagnosed with five vertebral fractures as a result of unsuspected osteoporosis, she had no idea of the painful and transformative road she would have to travel to build stronger bones and reclaim her life.
Over eleven years ago, Evelyn Zaklan bent over to tie her shoelace and felt a crushing pain in her back. After a visit to the hospital, she learned she had suffered a compression fracture of one of her vertebrae.