By Martha Hewett @Martha_Hewett

A WOMAN with bones so fragile they’ve broken over 50 times wants to show the world bravery comes in all shapes and sizes

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Shot By: Bacroft Studios / Future Publishing

Producer: Martha Hewett, Ruby Coote

Editor: Helen McKee

Stephania Gonzales, 31, was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic disorder which affects the strength of bones. Living in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband, Steph doesn’t let her disability limit her from pursuing her dreams. Steph told Truly: “In life I have been given incredibly tough challenges for a reason and I wouldn’t change that.” Steph was born with one of the most severe types of her condition which many babies don’t survive. Due to the severity of the disease, Steph has been in a wheelchair since she was four years old and suffers from hearing loss. Despite this, Steph has an incredibly positive attitude. She began working for the police force in 2012, which was a proud moment for her. “It was hard work, but it was the most I’ve learned in my entire life.” Steph left the force when she met her husband, Jordy, in 2014. The happy couple met on a dating app and hit it off straight away, marrying two years later. Jordy said: “Steph’s the strongest, most will-powered person I’ve ever met.” Steph was diagnosed with a tumour on her jaw in 2017. The tumour, an Ossifying Fibroma, is incredibly rare, particularly for someone with Steph’s condition, dumbfounding doctors on how to proceed. Despite facing huge challenges, Steph plans to keep moving forward and living her life: “It may not be perfect, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”