IT’S NOT JUST A WOMEN’S DISEASE
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 VOICE FOR MEN WITH OSTEOPOROSIS
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.
THAT ONE PHONE CALL CHANGED MY LIFE
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.
AUTHOR, SPEAKER, ACTIVIST
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.
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We would love to hear your story of living well with osteoporosis. Even sharing some simple accomplishments might be enough to inspire courage in someone who has just been diagnosed.