I write this blog in the memory of Pam Gusland, a local therapist I saw for many years who helped me through tough times when Marcia and Cindy struggled with Huntington’s disease and the stress of living with John’s unknown gene status for Huntington’s disease wore me down. http://www.hdsa.org
Last year, after my book was complete and I began selling it, I looked up Pam because I wanted to give her a copy since she had suggested many times over the years to write my feelings down because writing had a healing quality. I wanted her to know I had taken her advice and through the creative process of writing and creating a book, I had healed. Thank you Pam for the support you gave me.
It had been eight years since I’d seen Pam, 2009, so I stopped by her office and found she was no longer there. I began searching online and much to my disbelief, she had died of breast cancer in April 2017.
Her obituary in the local Auburn Journal newspaper pays a wonderful tribute to her:
After a long battle with metastatic breast cancer, Dr. Gusland died on April 5, 2017 at the age of 69. She spent her final days at her peaceful home in the Sierra Foothills. Dr. Gusland (Pam) was innately compassionate. She dedicated her life to a career of helping others. After several years of teaching special education, Pam transitioned into counseling with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Denver. For over thirty years, she helped hundreds of individuals transform their lives through her private practice in Southern California and later in Northern California, where she served the Auburn community for the past twenty years. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/auburnjournal/obituary.aspx?n=pamela-faith-gusland&pid=186158505
We Can Never Lose HOPE…………
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.
John & Therese donated $9,015.00 to Huntington’s Disease Society of America last December which was the profit from book sales since publishing in April 2017.