This is something I have talked about in other blog posts I have written for Health Activist Writer’s Month, but given today’s prompt on ridiculous things you have heard about your health condition, I wanted to put it in the spotlight again.
When you first tell someone you have Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which you will have to break down to standard terms by using the phrase a brittle bones disease or it makes my bones break easier, etc. At this point, there is a 50/50 chance the person will ask you if you took calcium would it go away.
I can understand the average person doing this because they know people are encouraged to take calcium supplements, etc. for osteoporosis. However, after I have explained that OI is a genetic disorder that finds it root in your DNA, I will get perturbed if a person continues with a line of thought like Did your parents feed you well as a child? Did you drink plenty of milk as a child? Were you breastfed?
Consuming proper amounts of calcium and other doctor recommended therapies help manage and treat the symptoms of OI, but it is always there. Nothing different in my childhood could have helped me lose something that is imprinted in my genetic code.
I look forward to reading other’s posts about this topic later today as I know many others with genetic disorders probably hear similar things.