Selected Essay: Osteoporosis. Part 1

Thank you to everyone who submitted a personal story about your experiences with osteoporosis. The author of the selected essay below will receive a $15 gift certificate to Amazon.com!

By Christal Lynne Sellers-Barnett:
This is a story about my mother, Loudean. Mom had a hysterectomy when she was in her early 40s. After beginning her hormone therapy, she noticed she was having trouble breathing and that her body was covered with an itchy, red rash.

She was hospitalized for pneumonia and pulmonary embolisms. She was also told she couldn’t take estrogen ever again. She remained on blood thinners for over a year until finally, during a routine blood test, she was told it was fine and she could also quit taking Coumadin, a blood-thinning medicine.

Proceed to the future, 20 years later. The birth of my first child, a beautiful baby girl. Mom is in my room holding and rocking her granddaughter; she rises from the rocking chair and a loud pop comes from her chest. Excruciating pain. A visit to her doctor reveals the two sternum fractures. He sends her to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

Barnes is conducting an experimental clinic on osteoporosis treatment. Some patients are given placebo drugs and some are given medications being tested to treat the disease. She gets bone density tests and X-rays quite often along with blood work.

In the meantime, she has a vertebrae fracture in her spine while moving a small box. The program suddenly ends after running out of funds and my mother never knows if she was taking the placebo or the real drug.

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