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So Many Good Books

DSC_1834Lately, I’ve been reading two books at one time because there are so many wonderful books out there.  The combination I find myself reading is a memoir, my favorite genre, and a historical fiction novel. I never used to do this but my reading list just keeps getting longer and longer.  Plus, I hope to continue to broaden my vocabulary which ultimately enriches my writing.

John also loves to read, and over the past few years we have come to the same conclusion regarding the books we read;  if a story does not keep us turning the pages or if we feel it’s not well written, we pitch it and start another. We have concluded, life is just too short to force ourself to finish a book just because we started it. As a rule, John and I are people who don’t give up, we finish projects, but when it comes to books, we are now so over not finishing a bad book.

If you are looking for a good memoir, I just finished, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanihi.

I’m currently reading Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon and The Host by Stephanie Meyer .

Next is Sophie’s Diary by Dora Musielak.

A book I finished a couple of weeks ago, that I really enjoyed, was Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larsen, a New York Times bestseller.     .

Have a good day!   Therese

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The Non Fiction Book, Therese-Author

An Original Story

I wrote Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, One Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, for many reasons.  All are important so order doesn’t reflect importance.sc0009977f

1st-To assist in heightening the global awareness of Huntington’s disease.

2nd-To honor my three sister-in-laws; Lora, Marcia and Cindy and create their legacy.

3rd-To show the world the challenges/stresses a family encounters when living AT RISK for HD.

4th-To create a revenue stream by donating all proceeds from my book to HDSA.

This book is an honest, raw account, from my perspective, of what it’s like living with an unknown gene status for HD.  We walked blindly into the future, and I prayed John was the lucky sibling, dodging the mutated gene.

It’s a tragic story, but what book or movie is not based on an adversity?

Have a good day!  Therese

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Huntington's Disease, Therese-Author

Living Life AT RISK

IMG_1787Most people don’t understand what it means to live AT RISK and I didn’t until the Marin siblings discovered Huntington’s disease in their family. Here’s my version. On top of all the other stresses in one’s life, work, raising children, etc., the threat of Huntington’s disease is another layer pressing down on your psyche. The threat of this disease and the not knowing whether John inherited the mutated HD gene made me feel like I was walking through life with a blindfold on.

John, my hero, who had experienced much uncertainty in his life growing up, so he was well versed in it, has steadily held my hand for thirty-seven years, saving me from myself.

Now that we know John will not develop HD, he hasn’t let go of my hand, but his grasp is not as tight.

Have a good day!  Therese


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The Non Fiction Book, Therese-Author

Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, One Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s

The first paragraph of John and my love story…………………………..


Not every life comes to a dramatic fork in the road, one in which a truly life-altering decision must be made. Some people sail through their crossroads with little contemplation. Others hope to draw upon life experience to either move in a new direction or cling to what is comfortable. At age twenty-two, with little wisdom in such matters, I suddenly had to confront the most complicated decision of my life.

Have a good day!  And thanks for visiting my website.  Therese


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