Broken toe
Newark, Missouri
August 2004
Sprained Ankle
Polo, Missouri
August 2003
Above: X-ray of a normal clavicle.
Right: X-ray of my right clavicle.
PAIN IS MY FRIEND
We've all got stories...
Two broken bones and a dislocated big toe.
Near Newberry, Michigan
Summer 1995
I always knew I had weird clavicles. Each clavicle ends
prematurely, before reaching the edge of my shoulders, with a
"bump" protruding slightly on both sides. In 2001, thanks to a
nasty crash on the dirt bike, I got to see what these weird bones
look like. The X-ray above-right was taken after I thought I'd
broken my clavicle at the
Polo round of the Missouri Hare
Scrambles Championship. Even though it looks like it's snapped
in two, that's just the way I've always been.

I can thank my mother for this genetic anomaly, and now my
two daughters can thank me for it as well. It's called Congenital
Pseudarthrosis, which is pretty rare, and even more uncommon
to have it on both clavicles (most of the time it's only on the right
side). The condition gets rarer yet when two siblings have it.
Fortunately, it's never given me any problems with pain or
mobility or dirt bike racing.

So there you have it....I'm special.