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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. 

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.” 



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   & 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.

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 or Amazon, B&N, iBooks to purchase the book.


2018 HDSA National Convention in Los Angeles CA

If you haven’t been on lately,   you can now watch sessions from the 2017 HDSA National Convention. I attended the convention for the first time and I was very impressed with the organization, presentation, sessions offered and the professionalism of the HDSA staff.  Next year, since it’s in LA, John and I will drive our RV to LA, attend the convention, and attend HDSA Team Hope Walks/Support Groups/Dinners in southern California at that time.

VIDEO RECORDINGS ARE NOW AVAILABLE from the 2017 HDSA National Convention. To watch select workshops clink here. 


2018 HDSA National Convention is in LA California. 

Watching the Dance Huntingtons DiseaseTo purchase Therese’s book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, please go to:

We can never lose HOPE….Therese