woman in a wheelchair on the pavement

I was invited to write about my life partner, Haley, and her condition as well as things people should be aware of in public when they are around her.

Haley is a happy, full of life and fun-loving person who was born with a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) otherwise known as brittle bone disease, type 3. Haley says, “I have a mix between type 2 and type 3, because people that have type 2 usually don’t make it shortly after birth. I have all the characteristics and symptoms of type 2, but because I survived, so far to age 33, I automatically have type 3.”

Besides having extremely brittle bones, some of the characteristics of OI type 3 include shorter

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