Osteoporosis Online Support Community, hosted by Inspire, brings people with and affected by osteoporosis together online to share experiences and provide support for one another. Now with more than 45,000 members, Osteoporosis Online Support Community is a great source of support and a channel to learn more about living with the disease.

Explore and Join NOF’s Community Now
 
The online community includes blogs, individual web pages, discussions, message boards and more. One of the ways members can expand their social network within the community is by creating a personal profile. To help people find and connect with others in similar situations, Osteoporosis Online Support Community links members by gender, topics of interest and where they live.The discussions are categorized by topic, making it easy for members to find topics that interest them.

Because health issues are private, security measures have been put in place to ensure that members have control over their personal information, such as hiding their full name and email address from others. To prevent inappropriate content, discussions are moderated and there is a community help desk.

Participation is open to people concerned about their bone health, patients with osteoporosis, caregivers, family members and health professionals.

Sign up today – it’s free to join. Once you’re a member of the online community, you can start meeting new people, following popular discussions, joining discussions on topics of interest and sharing information you’d like to pass along to others.

Thanks to our Amazing Volunteer Moderators

NOF appreciates our volunteer moderators for dedicating their time and expertise to answer questions and provide support to members of the Inspire online support community. Meet and learn more about our volunteer moderators below.

Sandi Elkin

Sandi has been a volunteer and advocate for the National Osteoporosis Foundation since October 2007. Without fracturing, she was diagnosed with osteoporosis in both hips and spine in 1999 and has remained fracture free ever since. Her primary area of advocacy is educating fitness instructors, including specialty fitness instructors like those who teach Pilates and Yoga, on the specific exercise needs of people with bone loss. She also gives osteoporosis awareness presentations throughout the year and spends individual time with women who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Sandi is inspired by all of the people with bone loss that she’s met, both online and offline, through her volunteer work with NOF.

Pamela Flores

Pam is a patient educator and digital health writer who has worked for Remedy Health Media on their osteoporosis web site since 2008.  Pam is also a volunteer moderator with the National Osteoporosis Foundation Inspire online community and reaches out to those with osteoporosis who need help and support navigating it at many ages and stages of life.

Pam started out with established osteoporosis, which was detected at age 32, and improved her bone mass greatly with an osteoporosis medication, diet, supplements and exercises.  She has had five fragility fractures and one major impact fracture of the spine.

Pam graduated from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law in their Paralegal program and received a Litigation Specialist Certificate from the same university. She has worked at various law firms in the Southern California area.

Pam likes to keep up on new treatments by researching osteoporosis through clinical trials and medical articles from many bone and mineral metabolism and osteoporosis associations and hopes that her work with the Inspire/NOF community will bring assistance to the newly diagnosed, as well as to patients who are already in the process of finding and implementing treatments for bone loss.

Susie Hathaway

Susie is a personal trainer, certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, who has taught thousands of exercise classes to the over-50 age group. More than half of Susie’s clients and class participants have osteoporosis or low bone density. She’s adapted her exercise programs to make them safe and effective for those with bone loss, no matter what their age, level of fitness or physical limitations.

Prior to her personal training career, Susie was an elementary health and physical education teacher. She has a unique perspective on physical activity, from helping young students build their fitness and bone strength to now helping her over-50 clients retain their physical fitness for the beneficial effect that it has on strong bones and fall prevention.

Susie has produced two exercise DVDs; Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention and Resistance Training for Osteoporosis Prevention. She also writes a blog and newsletter, Motivation to Move for Healthy Bones, at SusieHathaway.com and answers exercise questions as a volunteer moderator on the NOF online support community.

Lawrence Jankowski, CBDT

Larry is the chief clinical and research DXA technologist for Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, a 90 plus physician multi-specialty practice with a dozen locations in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. He started clinical imaging as a nuclear medicine technologist in 1978 and has performed bone mineral density testing since 1986 using SPA and DPA.

Larrry was certified by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) as a Certified Densitometry Technologist in 1995 and as a Certified Bone Densitometry Technologist in 2009. He is an instructor for the ISCD/International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) bone densitometry courses held worldwide and has been an ISCD instructor for more than 15 years. Larry has presented posters at the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, ISCD and NOF and has co-authored a number of journal articles.

In addition to his clinical and research duties, Larry was the first technologist elected to the ISCD Board of Trustees and served as its first non-physician treasurer from 1997-2001, a position he held twice.  He has also served on several ISCD Position Development Conference expert panels and working groups and is a member of the ISCD Facility Accreditation Council.  He also volunteers as a moderator for the NOF/Inspire Osteoporosis online support community.

When not at work, Larry enjoys fishing, carpentry and basic automobile maintenance. He also enjoys being a husband to his wife of 32 years and his most recent role as a grandfather.

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