by Isabella Jeffcoat
Born with two broken legs and having over nineteen broken bones in eighteen years, Madison Reynolds (12) was nothing less than optimistic in his outlook on life.
“I don’t let my disease get me down. I can’t play sports, but I can be a fan, and I’m going to be the best fan there is,” stated Madison.
He handled his disease, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease) with grace. The genetic defect affected the formation and production of type one collagen, a protein that was used to create bones. The disease was usually inherited, but in Madison’s case, the genetic mutation started with him, meaning that his children would have a fifty percent chance of being born with the same disease.
Due to the mutation, he faced many obstacles, including broken bones, surgeries, and injuries. During these many struggles, his family acted as his rock and support system. They were with him through all the procedures.
“My family is my whole world. I wouldn’t be who I am today without their love and support,” shared Madison.
Although he was given a battle that would leave most angry and bitter, he didn’t view his disease as something that affected his daily life or as anything that impacted how others treated him. Although not being able to play school sports was a loss, he made up for it in being a supportive fan.
“Madison handles every thing with jokes, and he always has a Boston Celtics shirt on or his Clemson jersey,” said Daquan Briggman (12). Most of his friends know about his disease and watch out for him.
“People need to know about it to ensure my safety. I can’t horse around, or I may break an arm or fracture my hip, and I’ve done both,” Madison said.
Madison overcame many struggles before he was even out of high school; yet, all he wanted people to know was “You need to find the positive in every situation because the life you were given is the best one you can have. You need to make the best you can of it. Live life to the fullest every day,” Madison said.