Fitness expert Diana Moran on the importance of living the lives we love with osteoporosis

26 Nov 2018

Here at the National Osteoporosis Society, we speak to people every day who are living with osteoporosis and say they would be lost without our information and support. Our specialist nurse Helpline, free publications and local support and information events are there to give people living with the condition everything they need to continue to live the life they love.

Diana Moran, Ambassador to the National Osteoporosis Society, shares her experiences of being diagnosed with osteopenia and the concerns about her bone strength and lifestyle that came with it.

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I was nervous about what felt like the inevitability of my bone density deteriorating even more.

When I was diagnosed with osteopenia some years ago, I was filled with concerns about my bone strength and how this condition would change the way I lived my life. I was nervous about what felt like the inevitability of my bone density deteriorating even more. I was worried about the possibility of losing height, losing strength and of breaking bones. And I needed to understand osteoporosis better in order to find a way to continue living the life I had always loved.

Diana is supporting our latest appeal, which asks for donations to ensure everyone with osteoporosis can continue to live the life they love.

Without the National Osteoporosis Society's invaluable guidance and support, I wouldn’t be living the fulfilled life that I do today.

I’m so thankful that I found the National Osteoporosis Society. The information it provides is extremely beneficial to me, both personally and professionally. I now know ways of improving my bone health and have been filled with confidence that I can continue exercising as I always have done, even with the condition.

That’s why I strongly believe that, if we all want to continue to live the life we love, we have to get behind their work. We need them by our side, to help give us the information we need as well as providing a listening ear that understands what we are going through.

If you are able to spare a donation of £25 today, it will help the National Osteoporosis Society to continue to provide us all with the reliable information and support we need to live well with osteoporosis.

Let's all pull together and support these vital services that make such a difference to our lives.

Supporting the wonderful specialist nurses who run the National Osteoporosis Society Helpline is just one way your gift today could help.

No matter where you are on your osteoporosis journey, having a specialist nurse at the end of the telephone is so reassuring. You can ask any questions you may have, learn about your treatment options and find out how a balanced diet and the right types of exercise and activity can improve your bone health - all of which can help to prevent broken bones in the future.

By keeping the Helpline running we will give those who need it the support to manage pain, fear and discomfort, and the ability to access expert information to help them make informed decisions about their treatment and care.

Your donation will also mean that the National Osteoporosis Society can continue to provide their publications, free of charge, so they are accessible to all of us.

The charity produces comprehensive information on their website and in printed form, covering everything from treatment options to exercise, choosing clothes to travel insurance. This information really is a lifeline for people who may be struggling to get the care they need, or who want to know how to improve their bone health and feel good!

As well as both requesting publications and calling the Helpline, I know many people that love to go along to a local support group meeting for a cup of tea and to talk about their experience of osteoporosis. It can be very lonely to live with a condition that many people haven’t even heard about, let alone understand. At a support group, you have the opportunity to learn more about osteoporosis and you’re also in the company of friends who know what you are going through.

Even if we don’t attend a group, we can still benefit from National Osteoporosis Society education events that take place around the country. They cover a whole host of subjects that are useful to all of us, and especially to those who are newly diagnosed. It’s a great chance to meet other people with the condition, share experiences and pick up some useful information.

When we have excellent support and the right information at our fingertips, we have every chance to keep living the life we love!

Every day, the services that the National Osteoporosis Society provides are making people’s lives better. I sincerely hope that you have been able to make full use of the support and information that the charity provides to help you live well with osteoporosis.

Nevertheless, we all know that if we want the National Osteoporosis Society to continue to be there for us - and for the many people who are yet to be diagnosed - we have to support them with our donations from time to time.

So please do consider sending a gift today. Any amount you can afford will help to keep this wonderful organisation working for the benefit of all of us.

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