Pamela, Welcome to the team!
I was delighted to receive this acceptance in my email inbox after having an email interview with Claire who is in charge of the charity runners. She was so encouraging to me and of course, I want to do everything possible to make a great contribution to the charity.
For the past 10 years, I have been dealing with first a diagnosis of Osteopenia and then Osteoporosis. If you do not know what these ailments are, here is a simple explanation. Osteopenia is the first diagnosis you can receive for loss of bone strength. When I received this diagnosis, I was urged to do things such as weight bearing activity (I already did), healthy eating and little caffeine. Okay, so I do eat a bit too much ice cream, but isn't calcium good for your bones? A few years later as my bone density tests continued to deteriorate, I was given the diagnosis of Osteoporosis. This was not at all unexpected according to my doctor and she and I made the decision together for me to not medicate for my situation. Certain people are more likely to get Osteoporosis than others. Here are some of the risk factors to consider:
- Being a woman: Approximately 80% of those with Osteoporosis are women.
- Having a small, thin build- While size does not exclude anyone, you are at much higher risk if you are a small person.
- White, Asian or Latino people are more at risk, but as with the other risks, everyone is susceptible to the problem.
- Aging: Most bone loss occurs as you age, but that does not mean if you are old you have Osteoporosis.
- Family History: If you have family members with Osteoporosis you are at a higher risk to develop the problem.
My mother and sister both have Osteoporosis and so far none of us have suffered any broken bones. However, we are all conscious of our situation and try our best without medication to keep our bones at the strength they currently are with no more thinning.
Now here's the fun part. Wouldn't you like to donate to my fundraising? While I know this may seem selfish since I really want to run the race, I also plan to make a donation, or rather Tom will, so that I can be a strong fundraiser for the cause. No amount is too small and I appreciate any support you can offer.
You can click on the link to my page here
Thanks for all the support!