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. …