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“Gold standard” medical technology helps Janet watch for signs of osteoporosis, thanks to you
Janet Dixon has some of the risk factors for developing osteoporosis, a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile. As a woman over 70 with a family history of the bone disease, she depends on the latest technology at Mercy Health's Marcum and Wallace Hospital to help her monitor the threat of thinning bones and debilitating fractures.
Thanks to donors like you who give to Mercy Health Foundation Irvine, the hospital’s old equipment was replaced with the “gold standard” DEXA bone density scanner. Janet gets regular osteoporosis screening exams, which are easy, painless and quick with the DEXA scanner.
Janet also knows first-hand how osteoporosis can wreak havoc on the body. She is determined to manage her risk and stay active.
“My mother broke her hip just by standing up. We really need to take care of ourselves so we can have an active life.”
Janet is involved with the hospital’s Ladies Auxiliary and visits the Senior Citizens Center to use the exercise machines. Janet encourages others to take a bone density test and understand their risk for osteoporosis.
Her family is her greatest motivator for staying healthy. She has four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
“It’s absolutely important to me to be part of their lives,” she says.