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Books are always a great gift especially when it supports a cause. Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s Disease (HD), is John and my love story while living in the shadow of Huntington’s disease. Book Reviews
Lora, Cindy, Marcia Marin
HD is a rare, fatal, genetic brain disorder that has the symptoms of ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson synonymously and has NO CURE. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book is being donated to the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America(HDSA) to help in the fight against HD.
The incentive to write my story was to honor my three sisters-in-law, Lora, Marcia and Cindy, who lost their lives to HD complications. Furthermore, the book heightens HD awareness, and, currently, 41,000 Americans live with the disease and over 200,000 live at risk.
I‘m continuing with the scene from Watching Their Dance, when Lora, Marcia and Cindy told John and I the family secret; their mother had Huntington’s disease.
This is the reaction I had when the Marin ladies gave us the news.
Page 16, sixth paragraph:
“I leaned back on the couch and took a deep breath as I felt this compelling information slowly registering in my consciousness, alerting my senses to danger. A struggle crept into my mind, a primal instinct screamed, Run, but my heart said, Stay. I felt as if I were being pulled one way and then another, back and forth, back and forth.”
To read the first chapter of the book, please go to my author website, https://www.theresecrutchermarin.com and sign up to receive my weekly blog and I’ll email the first chapter to you.
Today, three (3) years ago my dream was fast approaching to become a reality; no longer did I have a manuscript, now I had a book (a proof copy of the book) that I could hold in my hand. I remember going to the mailbox and taking the package out of the mailbox, walking back into the house, my hands shaking, afraid to open it, and my heart pounding in my chest. John said, “Aren’t you going to open it, Therese?” It was surreal holding Watching Their Dance and reading the words I had labored over for so many years. Amazon http://amazon.com/author/theresecrutchermarin
For seven years, I’d traveled on an unfamiliar road that excited me; learning and improving my writing skills, finding camaraderie/support in fellow writers at Gold Country Writers Club and Sacramento Suburban Writing Club, and joining a critique group for three (3) years; I had to put on my tough skin to listen to their comments.
In 2015, after attending the San Francisco Writer Conference for the second time, I was ready to work with an editor to teach me techniques to improve my work. Editor, Pam Feinsilber, taught me so much during those two years. Many folks who have read the book have shared that they couldn’t put it down.