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Alumna sheds new light on life with brittle bone disease

November 18, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans alumna Katherine Klimitas ’11, recently published “Looking Up,” a unique perspective on living with the genetic bone disorder, brittle bone disease.

Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, more commonly known as brittle bone disease, Klimitas has been wheelchair-bound her entire life and has endured more physical challenges in 22 years than most people will in a lifetime. However, as she states in her book, physical challenges are just that – challenges. Klimitas has tackled them all with grace, strength and a wicked sense of humor.

“Looking Up,” a compilation of Klimitas’ personal reflections, anecdotes and photographs, is an inspirational reminder of how important perspective is in your own life.

People with brittle bone disease are born with defective connective tissue, or without the ability to make it, usually because of a deficiency of type-I collagen. There is no cure for the disease, and treatment is aimed at increasing overall bone strength to prevent fracture and maintain mobility.

“Looking Up” is currently available for purchase online at Amazon.com or through Klimitas’ website, kakartnola.com.

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