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National Youth Alliance-Helping Young People Deal with Huntington’s Disease


HDSA’s National Youth Alliance (NYA) motivates youth to get involved in their local Huntington’s Disease Society of America Chapter. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the expanded gene that causes the disease. If the child has not inherited this expanded gene, he or she will never develop the disease and cannot pass it on to their children.

The Miller Family whose 3 children are involved in the NYA.

The NYA is made up of young women and men ages 9-29 from across the U.S. that are impacted by Huntington’s.

The NYA mission to not only support young people within the HD community, but also inspire the youth of HDSA to get involved in the battle against HD and be proactive in this fight.   http://nya.hdsa.org/ 

Talking to Kids about HD: http://hdsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/TWKBrochure-FINAL-WEB.pdf 

We Can Never Lose HOPE………

 

Therese is the author of Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s. 100% of the proceeds are being donated to HDSA.   https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B06ZY85776

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The Faces of Huntington’s Disease

In the following video are the faces of Huntington’s disease (HD); a devil of a disease that attacks adults and children.  Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It’s like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimers at the same time.  HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.  http://hdsa.org/what-is-hd/ 

My three sisters-in-law, Lora, Marcia and Cindy had HD and are now gone from our sight.  http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com 

There is no cure or therapy at this time.  

Video taken at the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Annual Convention, June 7-9-18, in Los Angeles, CA and I was there!

We can Never Lose HOPE….  

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HDSA Convention-June 9, 2018-HOPE

Huntington’s Disease Society of America Annual Convention Continues: 

Today, Saturday, June 9th, has many workshops to offer to attendees again. Here is the link to today’s schedule.    https://guidebook.com/guide/119978/schedule/#date/06-07-2018

The morning will be spent listening to the experts at the HDSA Research Forum.

Please REMEMBER, some of the workshops will be LIVE STREAMED. Go to:  https://guidebook.com/guide/119978/list/586374/

In the afternoon,many Workshops are available to select from.  Here are a few: 

  1. Benefits of Staying Connected with Your Center of Excellence
  2. HD Activity Center for Persons with HD
  3. HDSA Special Events and Fundraising to Catapult our Mission Work
  4. How to Effectively Manage the Motor Symptoms of HD
  5. Diagnosing and Managing JHD

From 6- 7  p.m., is the Gala Reception and dinner and dancing goes on until 1 p.m. The Gala brings the 33rd HDSA Annual Convention to a Close.

       

We Can Never Lose HOPE…….

John, Dr. Vicki Wheelock, and myself at the 2017 HDSA National Convention in Schaumburg IL.

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HDSA Convention-Kickoff-June 8, 2018

Huntington’s Disease Society of America Annual Convention Continues: 

Today, Friday, is the day we begin to explore Huntington’s Disease topics  presented by experts/researchers/doctors in the HD world.  The presenters travel from around the world to speak at this convention, so I feel very lucky to be attending.

At 9 a.m., the day will begin with the Opening Keynote Speaker.

By early morning, the attendees will select the Educational Workshops they wish to attend

Please REMEMBER:  Some of the workshops will be LIVE STREAMED.  Go to:   https://guidebook.com/guide/119978/list/586374/

At noon, there will be a Community Awards Luncheon.  

The HDSA National Youth Alliance (NYA) will perform a Talent Show at 7 p.m.

 

We Can Never Lose HOPE….

 

 

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HDSA Convention-Leadership Day-June 7, 2018

Huntington’s Disease Society of America Annual Convention Continues: 

Day 1.  Leadership Day, for those in HDSA Chapters with Leadership roles, is today, June 7th.  It will start off at 8 a.m. with a Continental Breakfast and at 9 a.m., Nancy Rhodes, Director of Field Development & Operations, and Bill Kline will be our first speakers.   http://hdsa.org/about-hdsa/annual-convention/

After the meeting, at 6 p.m., there will be a Team Hope Walk for all to participate in.  (You will receive a Team Hope Walk t-shirt.)

Then, the Convention Welcome Reception will begin at 7 p.m. and the Exhibit Hall will be open.  (HDSA is graciously allowing me to sell my book again this year).

 

We Can Never Lose HOPE…………

HDSA Northern California Chapter Convention/Education Day

 

 

 

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HDSA Annual Convention-June 6, 2018-Here We Come

Today, is a very exciting day as hundreds of folks flying, driving to Los Angeles to attend the 33rd Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Annual Convention.   http://hdsa.org/about-hdsa/annual-convention/  

John and I are also on our way, in our RV; it’s about an eight hour drive from Northern California.  We’ll be staying a Dockweiler State Beach; it has 3.7 miles of ocean frontage and 288 acres of beach and only four miles from the Marriott Convention Center where the Convention is being held.

This is my second Convention, and I was so impressed with HDSA staff, the support and hope that resonated throughout the three days last year.  I truly believe this is my second family who understand the Huntington’s Disease journey because they are living it just as I did for 25 years with my three sisters-in-law, Lora, Marcia and Cindy Marin.

We Can NeverLose HOPE…………………

John, Dr. Vicki Wheelock, and myself at the 2017 HDSA National Convention in Schaumburg IL.

HOPE Walk held outside convention center at the 2017 HDSA National Convention in Schaumburg IL.

James and Mel Miller at the 2017 HDSA National Convention in Schaumburg IL.

 

 

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Scholarships to Attend HDSA National Convention June 2018

James and Mel Miller at the 2017 HDSA National Convention in Schaumburg IL.

National Convention Scholarship– This scholarship is open only to first time Convention attendees who are not California residents. (California residents please see separate scholarship application.) Applicants must be 18 years or older as of January 1, 2018. Open to residents of the United States only.
Click here to Download Printable Application 
Click here to fill and submit the application online

California Resident Convention Scholarship- The intent of this scholarship is to help families and individuals who live in the state of California to attend the 33rd Annual HDSA Convention. The scholarship is open to any family member or caregiver who is affected by Huntington’s disease.

Click here to Download Printable Application 
Click here to fill and submit the application online

Deadline to apply for scholarships is April 4th, 2018.

Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website  http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

100% of the proceeds from Therese’s book sold in the U.S. will be donated to HDSA.  http://www.hdsa.org     Last December, Therese and John donated $9,015.00 to HDSA that was the profit from book sales since Therese published in April 2017.

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2018 HDSA National Convention

I received this brochure in the mail from Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) the other day to register for this years National Convention in Los Angeles and I thought I’d share it.  (See below to print a copy)  I will be attending as a Board Member of the Northern California Chapter and I will also be selling my book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s.   http://hdsa.org/about-hdsa/annual-convention/ 

Highlights from 2017 Convention:  http://hdsa.org/about-hdsa/annual-convention/2017-2/

To print a copy of the brochure, click on these 2 links:

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Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website  http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

100% of the proceeds from books sold in the U.S. will be donated to HDSA.  John and Therese donated $9,015.00 in December which was the profit from books sold since Therese published April 2017.

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Marjorie Guthrie’s Crusade Against Huntington’s Disease

Marjorie Guthrie’s Philosophy-Wife of Woody Guthrie who suffered from Huntington’s disease

“There must be a strong, well supported National organization to assure the widest possible distribution of all our educational materials to the HD families, doctors, neurologists…to the whole scientific community and health professionals everywhere.  http://hdsa.org/about-hdsa/hdsa-history/ 

We must continue our search for HD families everywhere.

We must give active support to conferences dealing specifically with HD as well as related disciplines and disorders.

We must support and develop chapters in their local efforts and TOGETHER with National CCHD create the necessary financial resources to do the work that must be done.

We must begin a program, albeit limited at this time…to serve affected families wherever they may be….sometimes within the area of a chapter and when necessary beyond the capability of a chapter.

We must do everything possible to improve and expand our communications with our chapters…the public at large…..affected and non-affected families.

We must cooperate with existing health agencies and the federal, state and city government to improve the status of HEALTH and HEALTH PROGRAMS as a national priority.

All of these efforts must be done within the financial capability and responsibility of our membership.

Finally we must recognize that RESEARCH means many things. Any research in the areas of genetics and brain and central nervous system…however identified…may contribute ultimately towards a cure, control and early detection of HD.

To assist and help the implementation of this “philosophy”, we must secure and ensure the services of a professional executive who shall be responsible to our Executive Committee and/or Board of Trustees and to the “philosophy” expressed.”      https://bluerailroad.wordpress.com/marjorie-guthrie-on-life-with-woody-guthrie/ 

LOVE & PEACE,

 

Therese’s first book is a memoir/nonfiction, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website  http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks file.

We can never lose HOPE…….Therese  

100% of the profits from Therese’s book is being donated to HDSA.

 

HDSA, Helping Others

Resources Available to Huntington’s Disease Families

Today, folks dealing with Huntington’s disease have many resources available; more than John and I did in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Don’t get me wrong, HD is still the cruelest disease on the planet, but HD families and their loved ones are not as isolated as we felt.  Families have access to social workers, neurologists, HD clinics, information, support groups, conventions, Facebook Support Groups, webinars, and have opportunities to participate in studies and clinical trials to help research move forward. In the area of care, Huntington’s Disease Society of America has created a national network of resources and referrals that are unmatched by any other HD organization.    http://www.hdsa.org

http://web.stanford.edu/group/hopes/cgi-bin/hopes_test/    

https://en.hdbuzz.net/244

As I’ve traveled the Midwest this summer and attended HD Support Groups, Hope Walks, conventions, education days, I have seen the positive affect the availability of support has on HD families. Connecting with people who are living the same life as you is helpful and comforting.

In the 1980’s, when two of my sisters-in-law began showing symptoms, John and I felt alone, isolated without a support system.  Lora, John’s oldest sister, showed psychiatric symptoms around 1984 and drank herself to death by 1989. Marcia was diagnosed by neurologists at UC San Francisco Medical Center in 1986 and Cindy exhibited symptoms in 1992.  There were no support groups, Hope Walks or even a neurologist in the Sacramento California area who specialized in Huntington’s disease.

Basically, John and I learned as each sister showed symptoms, did the best we could and held on to each other for support. I also had a counselor for many years who helped me through the anticipatory grief I experienced for 25 years as each sister was diagnosed and Huntington’s disease slowly stole them from us.

Therese remembers her sisters-in-law in her memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s. 100% of the proceeds from her book is being donated to HDSA in the U.S. and HD organizations around the world.

Go to Therese’s author website http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com or Amazon, B&N, iBooks to purchase the book.