Story continued from Therese’s blog on August 18th. http://theresecrutchermarin.com/new-blog-page/
After living a life at risk for Huntington’s disease with John for 37 years, his gene status would finally be known to us on December 8, 2016. Dr. Vicki Wheelock at U.C. Davis Center of Excellence would give us the result. HOPE was more important to me now than it had even been.
It just happened that the six weeks we’d have to wait to find out John’s test result was during the holiday season; Christmas. This time of the year is busy and festive, which kept my mind occupied. It was when I was lying in bed trying to go to sleep that my mind would not be still. I’ve always had a feeling John didn’t inherit the mutated gene, as did my mom and grandmother, but Huntington’s disease can show up later in life which meant our kids would be at risk. Because late onset was a possibility, I was more worried about the kids than John because he was 61, retired and we had enough money and long term healthcare insurance to take care of him. http://predictivetestingforhd.com/
On January 8th, 2016, John and I held hands as we waited in the patient room. When Dr. Wheelock entered and sat down, my heart was beating so fast I felt dizzy. I could tell John was nervous, squeezing my hand and taking deep breathes. Mara, genetic counselor, was also in the room as Dr. Wheelock asked if we wanted to hear the result. I looked at John, and he nodded. http://hdsa.org/what-is-hd/#genetic
The doctor told us it was negative. My shoulders dropped and my hand covered my mouth. I have not seen John cry more than two times during our life together, and this was the third time! We are so grateful and blessed and now our children do not live under the shadow of HD.
We can never lose HOPE………….Therese
Therese is donating 100% of the proceeds from her book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, to Huntington’s disease organizations around the world. To purchase a book please see her author website: http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com
It’s also available on Amazon and many book websites.