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A New Year Has Begun

Happy New Year  To My Fellowman Around The World!

On this day, the beginning of the new year, I want to take a moment to be thankful, and to remind myself to continue having forgiveness & hope in my heart, and to keep kindness and mindfulness in my everyday activities.

2019 is here and what a great year 2018 was for my family as my father is healthy at 89 years old and my sisters and children are also healthy and happy.  It has been a joyous year for the Huntington’s disease community; with the positive outcome of Ionis HTTRx drug and Genentech/Roche moving quickly to setup clinical trials around the world for the now HG6042 drug. Ionis HTTRx program and its future

My sister, Jen, and our dad

John & our children & their spouses

To learn about Genentech/Roche plan, click below on video.

We Can Never Lose HOPE…….


Therese is the author of Watching Their Dance, an inspirational love story while living in the shadow of Huntington’s disease.  It can be purchased on her Author Website or Amazon  

100% of the profit from the book is being donated to the nonprofit Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). December 2017, she donated $9,015.00 to HDSA which was the profit from 2017 book sales.


Learning to Forgive

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

I’m currently in a situation where forgiveness would allow me to move forward.  But, I’m stuck and having a hard time forgiving because I don’t understand why it happened, it makes me angry, it indirectly hurting other folks and it’s counter productive.

I talk about kindness and forgiveness on my personal Facebook wall quite often, so at this time, I’m working on not just “Talking the Talk” but “Walking the Talk”.  


“The act of forgiveness may just be the single most powerful antidote for the pain caused by others.

Forgiveness does not mean that you “forget it and move on.” Nor does forgiveness mean that you absolve the person of their actions.

Forgiveness, instead, is choosing to compassionately release the desire to punish someone or yourself for an offense.

Yes, forgiveness is a choice. Yes, you can forgive yourself. But here’s the thing: while we may accept these statements on the surface, we often have trouble following through on the act of forgiveness – be it forgiving ourselves or someone else.”

We Can Never Lose Hope………..





Photo by symphony of love on / CC BY


“Always Forgive Your Enemies; Nothing Annoys Them So Much.”



I love this quote by Oscar Wilde because it makes me laugh.  But, really what could be harder than to forgive someone you despise or who has hurt you?   When John and I were in Europe last year, we walked through the Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise, the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, and found Oscar Wildes’  tomb.  Then, when we were in Ireland, we found the statute of the Irish writer. Through his rich and dramatic portrayals of the human condition, I find humor but underneath lies the truth.

Have a good day!  Therese



Mother Teresa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, attained world wide fame for her life dedicated to serving the poor and destitute.

I have a sister, Julie Marie Crutcher, who lives about 30 minutes from me who hasn’t spoken to my family in over 20 years.  She’s 57 years old and mad about something.  Our guess is that a family member said something to her that she didn’t like, so she cut off communication with all of us. When our mother, Rita, was dying in 2006, my sister, Ellen, and I knocked on her door.  She threatened to call the police and wouldn’t talk to us.  I begged her to come and see Mom before she died, but she never did.

We are all human, and I know I have made many mistakes.  I hope she will forgive her family one day because I have forgiven her.

Have a good day and don’t forget to forgive.  Therese