Isabel’s Story / La historia de Isabel

How she and her family learned about osteoporosis and bone health.

Free bilingual fotonovela.

Osteoporosis is a silent disease. Isabel didn’t know she had it until she fell and broke her wrist. Find out what happened.

Graphic: Cartoon-style graphic of an older woman, Isabel, laying on the kitchen floor and holding her wrist in pain. Several of Isabel’s family members are gathered around her and look concerned. An older gentleman is kneeled down and tries to help Isabel stand.  

Isabel’s mother’s word bubble: Are you alright, my daughter?

Isabel’s daughter’s word bubble: Mom, what happened?

Isabel’s word bubble: Ow! It hurts! I think I broke my wrist.

Isabel’s husband’s word bubble: I’m taking you to the hospital!

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Graphic: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services logo.

Graphic: National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health logo.

Last Reviewed: 09/11/2017