Mayo Clinic defines osteoporosis as a “condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture.”
Unfortunately, this condition affects around 3 million people in UK only.
Queen Consort Camilla knows best what it is like to be around someone who has osteoporosis and how that affects the quality of life.
Her mother died of the disease in 1994 at 71, and it also claimed the life of her grandmother in 1986.
This is the reason why Camilla is now a Royal Osteoporosis Society ambassador. She is doing all in her power to raise awareness of the condition and speaks openly of her mother’s struggles with it.
In a 2021 interview with Gloria Hunniford for the BBC to commemorate World Osteoporosis Day, the Queen Consort Camilla recalled some of the most moving memories of her mother’s battle with osteoporosis.
She shared that one time, her mother stumbled upon an old friend who hugged her tight and that made one of her ribs break. “I believe my mother visited almost everyone you could think of, and they all apologized for her age by saying, ‘Sorry, you’re old.’” We just watched her shrivel up in front of us.”
Her mother’s condition affected the entire family.
“Because we were unaware of the situation, we wondered at one point, ‘Well, is she making a big deal out of all of this?’
“Sometimes when she moved, or you touched her, she genuinely screamed,” Camilla explained and added, “It was terrible.”
Camilla believes that getting educated of the condition is crucial for prevention.
“I believe we all believe we are immortal when we are young, but I would prefer to see more young people educated.
“I’d like to see more young people understand it rather than simply thinking, ‘Poor old bats, that’s what will happen to us when we get old,’ you know.”
Further, she said, “I believe my daughter’s generation is receptive.
“But, you know, they’re turning into teenagers. I’d show photos of my mother before and after she was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I’d make them look at pictures and tell them, ‘Look, that’s what’s going to happen to you if you don’t care.’”
We are so glad Queen Consort Camilla is so devoted to this cause which is close to her heart.
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