Shani Dhanda Guest Blog: Why it’s important to celebrate Wishbone Day
- Posted on May 5, 2018
Not only is the 6th of May the international awareness-raising day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Wishbone Day offers the OI community a platform to take action and help raise much needed awareness of our rare condition. Wishbone day is recognised in more than 90 countries worldwide, with more joining every year.
It is the largest awareness effort ever for OI, which has created a worldwide platform for those with OI and their families and friends to feel connected to one another, share knowledge, and invites the world to join our community. It allows us to become a collective voice and help to educate and improve services for people with OI.
It’s a movement that highlights the challenges of living with OI and demonstrates how resilient we all are in overcoming barriers of the condition and the impact it has on our everyday lives. It is also an opportunity to celebrate all the positive things that living with OI brings, for example, gaining an extended family through the BBS and its members!
If I didn’t have OI, I certainly wouldn’t be leading the life I live now.
It has defined my:
1. Career – I help to transform experiences within businesses so they can cater to the needs of their disabled employees and customers better.
2. Outlook on life – I’m 30 and I’ve travelled to 29 countries. I decided I wanted to travel from a young age whilst I had good mobility, rather than wait until I was older as I know I would find it more difficult with reduced mobility.
3. Purpose in life – which is to advocate for everyday equality.
Wishbone Day is important because awareness makes a difference, and raising awareness starts with you! Whether you are somebody with OI, a parent, family member of friend of someone with OI, consider this your personal invitation to make Wishbone Day your own.
Happy Wishbone Day to you and yours!