David, 59

From North Wales

“I was on my way to a friend's for a dinner party one evening when I slipped over on some ice. I crawled out of the road to get out of the way of any traffic and looked at my foot which, instead of pointing forward, was pointing sideways.

I called my friend for help and, as I was lying there waiting for the ambulance, realised I must have fragile bones. My mother and my maternal aunt both had osteoporosis and I remember thinking that I wouldn’t have broken a bone so easily if I had normal bone strength.

I was admitted to hospital for surgery on my foot and, the very next morning, I was booked in for a DXA scan which, unfortunately, showed that I had osteoporosis.

My doctor prescribed alendronic acid, which I am still taking. I know some people have difficulties with their treatments, but I haven’t experienced any problems.

In nearly five years, I haven’t had any further fractures, no doubt partly due to the treatment with alendronic acid. I am due to be scanned again next March.

I walk to keep fit and am gradually walking the Wales Coast Path. I’m also involved with the work of the National Osteoporosis Society, sitting on a number of committees and am secretary of my local support group.”