My name is Justin Sydloski and I am a 19 year old college student at Harvard University. I have a genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), which is often referred to as brittle bone disease. My type of OI causes a reduction in the number of a certain protein within my body which is normally used for the structure and strength within my bones, hence causing my bones to fracture easily. By the age of 12 I came under the care of Dr. Michelle Caird at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. Through multiple corrective operations and regular check ups, Dr. Caird was able to successfully increase the quality of my life.
My treatment and recovery
Throughout my life I have experienced multiple fractures. As I entered puberty, the frequency of my fractures increased, which is common for OI patients. In order to increase the quality of my life, Dr. Caird preformed multiple operations. Some were correcting breaks, while others were purposed for preventing future pain. The most major of my operations was a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis which took place in 2012 during my freshman year of high school. With the assistance of orthopedic care I was able to pursue the life style that I wanted. I was able to take and participate in PE classes in high school, play multiple sports, be part of a ballroom dance team in college, keep busy through school and volunteering, and travel comfortably. The orthopaedic care I received bettered my life, and I would not be at the same place I am in life without it.