Sarah

Sarah, 70
“It’s amazing how small changes have helped to maintain my independence.”
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How it started
When I was in my late 40s my menopause started and I was prescribed HRT (hormone replacement therapy) by my doctor. Even though this is relatively early to go through menopause, I didn’t consider the long-term health implications. It was only a decade later that my doctor suggested a bone density test.
The bone density test came back positive for postmenopausal osteoporosis.
What I changed
My diagnosis made me take a look at my life to see what I could easily change to stay healthy and fracture-free in the future. This was a particular concern, as I was worried I wouldn’t be able to care for my sick husband if I suffered from a fracture.
My diet is a lot better now as I eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day. That doesn’t mean I never have a treat, I just don’t have as many as before.
My doctor told me that I needed to stay active. So instead of taking the car to do local errands, I walk or cycle, and I follow the exercises on fragilebones.eu.
Most importantly, my doctor has adapted the medication I take to help my bone health. Maybe it’s a figment of my imagination, but I believe that I can feel the medication working, so I follow the treatment programme closely.
How it helped
I looked after my parents until they passed away and I remember my mother saying she didn't want to be a burden to me, but she was too frail to manage alone. At the time, I didn't fully understand it. Now I do, and I don't want to put my daughter in that position. That's why I'm determined to stay independent and fracture-free to care for myself and my sick husband. Plus, by staying active, I can enjoy my time with my grandchildren more.

How I feel now
Small changes, huge results
I think the early diagnosis was important. Small changes have – and will – make a huge difference to my long-term health.

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