I have had around 250 broken bones in my life due to a rare bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. AMA
HI, my name is Joe Hall, and I have a rare brittle bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) which causes my bones to fracture easily, and be deformed.
OI is typically broken into 8 different types based on commonly found clinical features. I have one of the more severe called Type 3.
I estimate that I have had around 250 broken bones in my lifetime, though I don't really keep count. OI is caused by mutations to collagen molecules in the body. As such it can also effect other aspects of your body such as skin, teeth, hearing, and even your heart.
Most people that have OI experience the majority of their fractures before puberty when the body's bones are still developing.
My type of OI (Type 3) is considered severe/moderate which is why I have never walked and am around 3 feet tall. I also have low respiratory functions and I am partially deaf. I use an electric wheelchair to get around and hearing aids to hear.
I have always tried to live my life as fully as possible and attack each day like a very hungry honey badger!
This week is OI awareness week, which is why I wanted to come here and do this AMA!
You can learn more about OI by asking me questions in the comments, or from the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation >> http://www.OIF.org/
Over the next couple of days I'll try my best to answer as many questions as I can.
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I have done this same type of AMA before here:
Here is a depressing selfie of me on my formally verified twitter account w/the same username used for this post: https://twitter.com/joehall/status/1357106427660300299