Doris

Doris, 79
“The prospect of not spending quality time with my grandchildren was my main worry.”
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How it started
Life is busy, but it's important to make time for your health. That's why I have regular medical checks, so hopefully any problem is identified quickly so it can be treated easily. A few years ago I experienced sudden back pain. Just like my grandchildren would do, I turned to the internet for answers. I was a bit frightened when my research suggested it could be a fracture, so I went to my doctor. He suggested an x-ray, which showed a vertebral fracture, and a bone density test, which came back positive for osteoporosis.
What I changed
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.
How it helped
Looking after myself
These small changes to my lifestyle have made a huge difference to my quality of life.

How I feel now
Happily, my doctor says that if I continue to look after my bone health, I can look forward to many more years of running after my grandchildren.

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