Osteoporosis in the Young: Interview with Alice

Pam Flores Health Guide January 06, 2013
  • We will be interviewing Alice V. Roberts, a courageous lady who has had osteoporosis since she was very young.  Alice will take us through her journey with osteoporosis and its many difficulties.    Alices' Bio: I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis in 1991 at the age of 35, by do...

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  • nathji
    Jan. 08, 2013

    Dear Pam!

     

    This is very enlightening and very disturbing-- it will bring home the dangers of an early menopause to girls here in India also-- no one would ever have dreamt that menopause could lead to this insidious disease.. and the repeatead breaking of bones... making life a nightmare which Alice fought so bravely...

     

     

    Once again you have...

    RHMLucky777

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    Dear Pam!

     

    This is very enlightening and very disturbing-- it will bring home the dangers of an early menopause to girls here in India also-- no one would ever have dreamt that menopause could lead to this insidious disease.. and the repeatead breaking of bones... making life a nightmare which Alice fought so bravely...

     

     

    Once again you have given the world an earth shaking piece of information which will make people sit up and think and not treat Osteoporosis as a apainless disease to be ignored which is what many still do in India -- and they are afraid of arthritis more..

     

    Thanks again!!

    Yours,

    Priya Nath

    • Pam Flores
      Health Guide
      Jan. 08, 2013

      Thank you Priya, so good to hear from you again.  Alice is an incredibly  courageous women, & I shudder to think about the number of her fractures! 

       

      I do hope this information will help to educate the young in India, since bone loss ,at an early age, is not that unusual!  Remember Rachel?...the 16 year old with idiopathic osteoporosis...

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      Thank you Priya, so good to hear from you again.  Alice is an incredibly  courageous women, & I shudder to think about the number of her fractures! 

       

      I do hope this information will help to educate the young in India, since bone loss ,at an early age, is not that unusual!  Remember Rachel?...the 16 year old with idiopathic osteoporosis (IJO)? She is doing well now, enrolled at University, & still in the honors program & high-up on the National list, but she suffered too, with all her "undiagnosed fractures" from the age of 7.  I have always had a special place in my heart for the children & young adults with severe osteoporosis; maybe this is from my exposure to children with IJO, Osteomalacia,ostegenesis imperfecta and other metabolic bone disorders I see at my docs office.  In any case we have to dispel this MYTH that bone loss only happens to the aged.  Okay I' m getting down off my soap box...but it does make me furious.  

       

      Thanks again for stopping by & reading about our lovely, courageous Alice who we hope will not break anymore bones.  

       

      Take Care dear one...& pass this on to the parents & younsters in India, so hopefully they can avoid this horrific situation!

    • Alice V Roberts
      Jan. 08, 2013

      Hello Pryia,

      Thank you for your comments to Pam regarding my story with osteoporosis. Both men and women need to be aware because osteoporosis does not discriminate. Parents need to teach thier children healthy calcium enriched diets and weight bearing exercise to build stronger bones and healthier lives. Prevention is the number one step.

      Alice

    • Pam Flores
      Health Guide
      Jan. 14, 2013

      Thanks Alice!

    • Alice V Roberts
      Jan. 14, 2013

      My pleasure. I always encourage people to contact me- I want to hear their stories and what does and does not work for them. We need a strong support system.

      Alice

    • Pam Flores
      Health Guide
      Jan. 14, 2013

      Hi Priya, you should tell Alice about your situation with osteoporosis and where you live, which causes some difficult treatment problems.  I know she'd love to answer any questions you may have, or hear about your experiences in India.

       

      Hope you are doing well and the family is in good health.  Take Care

    • Alice V Roberts
      Jan. 16, 2013

      Hi Pam,

       

      I do hope Pryia does share. I would love to hear his story from him. Everyone learns something new from each person and the experiences they hear about. That is what helps us to become more informed.

       

      Take care,

      Alice

  • Anonymous
    Sandi Elkin Adv...
    Jan. 07, 2013

    Alice V. Roberts has written an informative book "Living Day to Day With Severe Osteoporosis Update 2012" and the effects of bone loss in her life.  As a wife, mother,  grandmother, and also working at a demanding job, Alice shares her personal experiences living with bone loss.

    Her story is one of determination, courage, resilience and inspiration. ...

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    Alice V. Roberts has written an informative book "Living Day to Day With Severe Osteoporosis Update 2012" and the effects of bone loss in her life.  As a wife, mother,  grandmother, and also working at a demanding job, Alice shares her personal experiences living with bone loss.

    Her story is one of determination, courage, resilience and inspiration.  People with osteopenia/osteoporosis or with an interest in bone loss and bone health should read "Living Day to Day With Severe Osteoporosis, Update 2012."

    Many people do not realize the seriousness of osteoporosis and the impact this disease can have on their life.

    Alice's story reminds all of us that are fracture free to live with gratitude.

    Sandi Elkin

    Osteoporosis Advocate

    • Alice V Roberts
      Jan. 08, 2013

      Hello Sandi,

      Thank you so much for your support. Happy New Year!

      Alice

       

    • Pam Flores
      Health Guide
      Jan. 08, 2013

      Thank you Sandi!  You are correct about taking life for granted when you are frature-free.  Life is completely different when you frature, and especially when you are in the midst of an on- going frature cycle. I only had 6 compression fractures, and I say "only" because I know it could have continued had I not found an OP med to stop it.  Also,...

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      Thank you Sandi!  You are correct about taking life for granted when you are frature-free.  Life is completely different when you frature, and especially when you are in the midst of an on- going frature cycle. I only had 6 compression fractures, and I say "only" because I know it could have continued had I not found an OP med to stop it.  Also, being without hormones can really cause problems way beyond the usual side effects of nightsweats, hot flashes and skin/hair/mood changes.

       

      You are a wonderful advocate for us all; continue your fantastic work it is greatly appreciated!

       

      Your friend...Pam