November 16, 2015

London Marathon and the National Osteoporosis Society

Back in September, the plan was hatched for me to run the London Marathon April 26, 2016.  This would be my first time to be a fundraiser for a running race.  As I searched the list of charities that support runners with a bib for the London Marathon, one charity in particular caught my eye. While I love animals and could easily have chosen to apply for one of the many charity spots for organizations that support pets, and animals, the National Osteoporosis Society seemed like the perfect one for me.


                                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! 
(Pam)

13 comments:

  1. First of all congrats on getting to run London!!!

    My mom has osteoporosis--I'm lucky that she found out in her 50s, so I've been pretty diligent about getting enough Calcium, etc. And of course, I do all that weight bearing exercise. I'm just going through menopause, so I haven't had a DEXA scan yet. I'm nervous, but I want to know.

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  2. Congrats on being selected to run London! I find it interesting that they interview potential runners for the charity spots instead of just having people sign up and it being first come first serve. I actually appreciate this approach, as it helps to ensure that those who really want to fundraise and help bring awareness for a great cause are doing so for that purpose, instead of just signing up as a way to get into a sold out or lottery race.

    Good luck with your training! I know that you'll be a great representative for the National Osteoporosis Society.

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  3. They are lucky to get you. I have friends with osteo and I worry about it too.

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  4. This is very exciting, congrats on getting to go to London!
    I did a charity run once, and they are a ton of work (fundraising) but if it's a great cause and one your are passionate about then you probably won't mind the extra work and instead enjoy the journey along the way!

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  5. London is one of the few marathons I would consider were I to ever run another full! Congratulations!

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  6. SO COOL! Exciting on so many levels! Congrats!

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  7. My grandma had osteoporosis so I have a feeling I will get it one day. Good to know you don't have to medicate for it! And yay for London!!!! Wow!!!

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  8. I think more women should be concerned about Osteoperosis since it is pretty common like you mentioned. And wow, another big race coming up!

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  9. I don't know much about the process of running for a charity, so this is interesting to read. I had no idea there would be an interview. Both my grandmothers had osteoporosis so it's definitely something on my mind. It's one of the reasons I started with body pump this year. Better late than never.

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  10. Soooo jealous...I really, REALLY want to run the London Marathon someday. Super excited for you! I love the fact that, as runners, we really can do something to make a difference!

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  11. Congrats!! My grandmother had osteoporosis so this is one close to my heart!

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  12. Congrats!! Very exciting to hear you will be running London. It was interesting to learn the charities interview potential runners.

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