S. R. Morris

writes from Mountain Home, Idaho.

Brittle Bones


I was about 4 months old when I broke my first bone. I was born witha disease called osteogenesis imperfect tarda(OI), sometimes referred to as brittle bone disease. No one knew I had a broken leg, or much about OI, at that time. 

A few months after it had healed, I broke the same leg again, but this time there was no mistake that it had broken. While visiting with some relatives, the person holding me leaned against a table. My leg caught in between, and everyone heard the snap of my leg breaking and the loud cries that followed.

Because not much was known about OI when I was a child, our physician, Dr. Young, did not know much about the disease. …

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