This is a day that is very important to many women all around the world. We are the one’s who mostly suffer with the disease, so it only seems right that I am able to write an article about World Osteoporosis Day and what it means to me as a woman. This disease is also crippling towards men and children so it is important to tell their story too since that is what World Osteoporosis Day is all about.
World Osteoporosis Day is honored each year on October 20th and this year is no different. It is observed each year and is actually able to launch a year long campaign in which is wants to raise awareness to global prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the metabolic bone disease. It is us to us to take charge and learn more about the disease so we can fight it better.
So who organized this day of awareness? It would be by the International Osteoporosis Foundation. It involves crusades by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world. This involves over 90 countries that host activities in honor of this day. World Osteoporosis Day was first initiated October 20, 1996, in the United Kingdom by their National Osteoporosis Society which is maintained by the European Commission.
Many people as me what exactly osteoporosis is. I tell them that it is a progressive disease that affects people’s bones. It affects the bones mass and density causing it to break or fracture easily. If you have osteoporosis then your bone strength and density will decrease through time. That is why it is important to learn about the disease now so it will affect less people in the future.
We are always told to stand up straight and to drink plenty of milk while we are kids so we can build strong bones and teeth. It turns out we need more than calcium from milk to keep our bones strong and we need to do more than stand up straight in order not to have a hump on our back. Prevention is key, but we also need to learn more about the disease so we can figure out how to postpone osteoporosis during menopause and other times in our lives.
My favorite thing to do is to write a letter to my local newspaper and tell them my story as to why this day of awareness is so important. We all know at least one person who has osteoporosis. The disease does not discriminate when it comes to the disease, everyone is able to be subject to it. Men, women, adults, teens, children; we can all develop it and have it deteriorate our bones into brittle pieces that hold our skeleton up. This is when I start to ask for donations.
Since I am not a scientist, I find that my talents are better used at other things. One of the is persuasion. Persuading people to donate money is never easy, but when I write it out and am honest with people, it always seems to touch them in a way that they are not able to say no. You just need to remind people that someone in their family suffers from the disease. You see how they are now that they have osteoporosis as compared to how they used to be. They are a lot less active and worry more about breaking a bone rather than enjoying an afternoon of bike riding or hiking.
Don’t you want to still be able to enjoy an afternoon of hiking rather than just sitting because you won’t break any bones while watching a movie. Just saying that will cause people to think and donate. If you can’t solve the problem, you can at least donate money towards it to find the cure.
World Osteoporosis Day 2016 is just around the corner. How are you going to honor this day or awareness? I am sure you can come up with some ideas on your own. You can also follow the event across social media with the hashtag #LoveYourBones.