Chapter 18-A Pre-Symptomatic Test for Huntington’s Disease, Page 153-Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s
“I never forgot that John was now in the high-risk age range and would be for another eight to thirteen years. Over the past few years, I had realized that this uncertainty, which I had take on willingly, had opened my heart to love much more deeply, and acknowledging that my world could change in a heartbeat made my life with John so much richer. Life was just too precious to waste a minute arguing over any small stuff.
I had learned to overlook shortcomings and compromise without anger. And the Marin siblings had taught me about forgiveness and unconditional love, traits not common in my family. I forgave Dave time and time again and never for a moment stopped loving Lora, even when she hurt my feelings.
Letting go of the anger I felt when I couldn’t control a situation calmed my OCD to a manageable level, and lessing my anxiety allowed me to relax and find joy in the simple things. Perceiving the future as a blank canvas helped, as did not dwelling on it. Keith remained the best method of staying in the present, and I drew strength from being physically near John, ever the optimist. Staying focused was key to this constant battle.”
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 Therese and John donated $9,015.00 to HDSA that is the profit from book sales since Therese published in April 2017.
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