By Gabriella Lozada

Embrace your Wellness

This week’s installment: Osteopenia

This weekend my wonderful grandparents were visiting us.  In April of 2006 my grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, after treatment and a surgery in June of 2006, she claimed the title of breast cancer survivor! Later she was diagnosed with Osteopenia. For this week’s edition, I interviewed my grandma about her disease. Osteopenia is a bone disease that thins one’s bones. This disease is the beginning of Osteoporosis. After her surgery, she refused to take any medication because of the side effects that it causes. She decided to naturally heal herself. The medication said “may help build bone mass” but it was not a guarantee; she was afraid of the side effects and the problems that they can cause throughout the body. She said, “Why in the world would you take something that can through your body out of whack?” The medicine may help you but it can also hurt you. My grandma opted to take calcium supplements instead of the medication they offered her. The doctors were not happy that she refused to take the medicine; they warned her that when the disease sat in, the progression of the bone thinning is rapid. “They don’t like it and you know what… it’s your body and you do what’s best for you.” However, they offered advice for natural ways to heal her disease.