February 26, 2024
Holli’s Strength: An Osteogenesis Imperfecta Story
Some of the things seven-year-old Holli loves about school are getting candy on her birthday, math (she could do math all day!), and playing on the swings during recess. Her specialized paraprofessional, Mr. Tyler, joins her in swinging and in hallway banter as they navigate Holli’s school day and the superpowers she channels while living with osteogenesis imperfecta. Osteogenesis imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease or OI) is a genetic condition that causes a defect in a protein found in bones—called collagen. The defect leads to fragile bones that can break easily. It is a lifelong condition that varies greatly in severity, affecting bone quality and bone mass.