Watch this true story about the struggles of osteoporosis
Hi, my name is Salima Ladak Kachra. I’m 40 years old. I’m from Canada. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the young age of 25 after fracturing four bones in my thoracic spine from a fall.
Before I fractured I was very independent and being able to do things that we take for granted like doing the laundry, doing the bed, doing groceries. Once I fractured it was really, really hard for me to do things like what I talked about.
Now my husband and my children help me do these things. My kids help me do the bed. They help me pick up clutter on the floor because I’m really scared of falling again. When I fractured, it was really hard that first year just trying to become independent again and to deal with the pain because you’re used to doing so many things for yourself. I was scared to go back to work because I had to lift patients, and it was really hard on my back, and I didn’t know what I was going to do.
So I thought to myself it would be great to kind of do this test to help detect osteoporosis and also educate patients on the importance of optimal bone health. After fracturing, I realized that it’s really important to educate the public on the importance of early detection, prevention, awareness, and treatment.
I opened up a clinic called the Bone Wellness Center which focuses on that. Actually I suffer from chronic pain every day. Having this disease it’s tough in terms of pain, but it’s also helped me grow as a person. It’s helped me to develop proper eating habits. It’s helped me to exercise. It’s helped to strengthen my bonds with my family. And it’s helping me raise awareness and making a positive change on our Panagin Society.