EDITORIALS

Safe & active in the OI community!

The last couple of months have been anything but easy. For all of us, this pandemic has arrived as some kind of storm, about which we heard something on the news, but never really thought would have arrived and jeopardized so much our daily, ordinary and chaotic days. I live in Italy, one of those countries where…

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It’s a small world…

Fear is the path to the dark side, they said in Star Wars. Because fear can be used as a political tool to convince people to do their social distancing. But fear can also be destructive and cause anxiety. Especially for people who are part of the risk group of Covid-19. How tired we are…

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Unbreakable spirits…or?

The last three months has been a special period of time for OIFE and myself. I will never forget the moment when Eero told me that our vice president Ida Männistö (30) was no longer with us, but had passed away suddenly in her home. To me, Ida was both a colleague in the OIFE…

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The time is now

For a number of years treatment of OI was mostly limited to bisphosphonates, surgical interventions and physiotherapy. Well basically it still is, if you think of approved and standardized treatment (if such a thing exists in OI). The group of drugs called bisphosphonates actually celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And for the last 25-30…

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About youth and hashtags

“I would so much like young people to have a sense of the gift that they are.” – John Denver. It took me a good while to find the perfect quote to start this editorial, because for some reason most quotes about youth I found were either bitter or condescending. Instead, I wanted to highlight…

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Pain & Pleasure

If you think this editorial is going to be an OI-version of “Fifty shades of grey”, I have to disappoint you. It’s going to be about pain & and pleasure in a non-sexual way. And how those two can sometimes affect each other. Let’s start with the positive part. It was my great pleasure to…

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Q for Quality

What is quality of life? I guess there are almost as many answers to that question as there are people on the planet. During one of the sessions at the ECRD conference, we were asked to use an app to create a wordcloud of what really mattered regarding quality of life. The words that got…

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The Voice of People with OI

February’s OIFE Magazine main topic is research and I could have called this editorial “The patients’ voice”. But to be honest, I’m not too fond of the term patients. Patients belong in hospitals. The OIFE represents people with OI and families, who most of the time live active and meaningful lives outside hospital walls. There…

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Dare to…

There is perhaps no consistent theme in the January edition of the OIFE Magazine. But maybe I just haven’t looked close enough? After thinking about it one more time, it occurred to me that maybe the theme of this newsletter is to dare? The Portuguese project you can read about in this edition was called…

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