Two weeks before she was born, Katherine Klimitas was diagnosed with brittle bone disease. Twenty-eight years later, she’s barely the size of a toddler.
But she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dreams.
Brittle bone disease — otherwise known as osteogenesis imperfecta — is a condition in which a person’s bones can break without much effort.
Throughout her life, Katherine has broken over 500 bones. She stopped counting after she turned 10.
“I can break a bone by just sneezing or coughing. It happens a lot,” Katherine said.
But Katherine’s condition also opened the door to her life’s work: her art.
“I couldn’t run around and play soccer with my friends when I was little, so my mom got me a watercolor set, and art just became my thing.”
In fact, the same year she stopped counting her broken bones was also the year she sold her first piece of artwork. Katherine went on to graduate from Loyola University with an art degree and start her own graphic design business.
“It’s just easier for me to work for myself,” she explains. “If I break a bone, I don’t have to call in sick!”
Katherine had help in making sure her condition did not hold her back. “My parents never let me feel bad for myself. Plus,” she adds, “it’s no fun to be a victim all the time.”
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