My first reaction when I heard the diagnosis was disbelief. I couldn't believe that my minor back ache was really a sign of a vertebral fracture. And then I started to worry. I remember thinking about my family, and how this would affect them. Would I become a burden? Would I still be able to play an active role in my grandchildren's lives? Would I turn into a frail, hunched old woman afraid of falling?
I decided to take the bull by the horns and do whatever I could to prevent the worst-case scenarios that I kept imagining.
I started taking better care of myself. I followed the treatment programme recommended by my doctor. Plus, I started eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, taking vitamin supplements and going out walking with friends every Sunday. It's a great way to catch up with friends - and good for my bone health.