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Huntington's Disease, Watching Their Dance

Is This A Bad Play?

Lora, Cindy and Marcia Marin

This is the last emotional scene from the book, Watching Their Dance, when John’s three sisters tell us the family secret; their mom had Huntington’s disease. 

At that time, John and I were young, 21 and 22 years old.  We were both working our way through college, due to graduate in seven months and start a life together.

This news scared me, like I’ve never been scared before, and I realized this horrific disease would now relentlessly haunt the four Marin siblings.  In 1978, no test was available, or therapy or cure.           

Chapter 1 page 17, second paragraph:

“Stirring the ice with my fingers, I stared at the russet liquid as my racing heart slowed down.  I felt as if I had just watched a scene from a bad play and the curtain had come down with a thud.  Needless to say, I was glad it was over and the actors were back to their usual selves, but my anguish remained.  I had no idea why the sisters had sought this information now.  So many question were popping up in my mind, and unfortunately, they would remain unanswered, because the final act of this play was unscripted, the starring actors unknown.  Happy or tragic, the ending would play out only over time.”

We Can Never Lose HOPE……

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Author Therese Crutcher-Marin



Hope, Watching Their Dance

More on Updating the Nonfiction Book, “Watching Their Dance”

In the December 3rd blog, I posted about my editor suggesting I update the front cover of Watching Their Dance with a quote from the review I received from Kirkus Reviews.

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Since I published in 2017, many promising clinical trials have been started around the world, so I also updated pages 306 & 307, “Huntington’s Disease Update”.

Here is an Excerpt from “Huntington’s Disease Update” page 306.

Through the years, I have coined the statement, “Huntington’s disease is the cruelest disease on the planet”. While there is still no treatment or cure for this fatal progressive disease, the Huntington’s disease community has been blessed with good news and HOPE for a treatment has grown exponentially.

In April 2017, when I published Watching Their Dance, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. had just announced a potential treatment for Huntington’s disease; a gene-silencing program. Experts said it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative disease in 50 years.   Ionis stated they had favorable results from its 1/2a trial with the drug, IONIS-HTTRx.

HTTRx targeted the huntingtin gene that provides instruction for creating a protein called huntingtin protein. The mutated huntingtin gene expands causing abnormal CAG counts that creates a toxin protein that kills the nerve cells in the brain, which causes Huntington’s disease.

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

To continue moving forward, Ionis partnered with Roche Pharmaceuticals to conduct the clinical trials on the drug, now called RG6042. The trial is currently being conducted at 80-90 sites in 15 countries. There are 660 patients with early symptoms of Huntington’s disease enrolled in the study.

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We Can Never Lose HOPE……….



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Updating Nonfiction Book- Watching Their Dance

A while back, my editor, Pam Feinsilber, suggested I update the front cover of my nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance, and highlight the review that Kirkus Reviews gave to the book.  So, I did.

The words I highlighted, that appear at the top of the front cover are:

This is a rare treat—a true story that is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking.  A poignant remembrance of a love forged in crisis.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

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We Can Never Lose HOPE……….



Family, Watching Their Dance

Something Good That Came Out of My Family’s Tragedy


My family is everything to me and when I think back to how I almost didn’t have John, his three sisters, Keith, and Vanessa, in my life, I get goose bumps.  My three sisters-in-law were a huge part of John and my life and after losing  Cindy, the third sister to die from complications of Huntington’s disease (HD), I was looking for something good that could come out of my family’s tragedy.

That’s when I started writing John and my inspirational love story, Watching Their Dance, while living in the shadow of Huntington’s disease.  The book honors Lora, Marcia and Cindy while heightening HD awareness and generating dollars to help in the fight against the cruelest disease on the plant. 

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” ~Oscar Wilde

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  , Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

100% of the proceeds from Therese’s book is being donated to Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

We Can Never Lose Hope………………..

Watching Their Dance

Working Toward A Common Goal

I want to give a shout out to a Facebook friend of mine, Evelyn.  Evelyn, like myself, is an advocate for Huntington’s disease and on the board of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Arizona Chapter.  Last year, she organized a successful fundraiser, an annual Team Hope Walk program, a signature grassroots fundraising campaign designed to provide hope and support for those touched by this devastating disease.  

I had reached out to Evelyn before the event, to ask if I may donate a signed book for their raffle. She responded and then asked if she could sell the book for me at the event?  Partnering with HDSA Chapters, there are 54 Chapters in the U.S., in my HD fundraising/HD awareness project is what I’ve been striving for.  Of course, I agreed, sent her a dozen books, she sold five at the event, and she continues to sell the rest of them. It’s a win/win because HDSA National is receiving 100% of the profit from sale of books.

Thank you Evelyn for your Teamwork in marketing my book since all HDSA Chapters have a common goal: 

“Improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease.”

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   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

John & Therese donated $9,015.00 to HDSA last Dec. which was the profit since publishing in April 2017. 

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Watching Their Dance-Excerpt from Ch. 16

In Chapter 16 of my book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, I write about  a very stressful time; my maternity time was up and I went back to work leaving my baby for the first time since he was born.  And, my second sister-in-law, Marcia, the quiet, brave, professional sister visited from New Jersey for Christmas and the HD symptoms were hard to miss.  Except for the Marin siblings who ignored hard stuff until it came to a head. 

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“With the busy lives we led, it wasn’t hard to shove Huntington’s to the back of my mind. At the same time, I consciously had to stop my forward momentum and take time to be thankful for the life John and I had. Hassles at work or the refrigerator giving out or Keith cranky with an ear infection—these were small, petty distractions I didn’t let upset me. John was healthy, not showing a sign of Huntington’s Disease, and our child had brought a joy to our lives I’d never experienced before. My heart was bursting with the love I felt for my two favorite boys.

That Christmas, Cindy and Brad stayed in Canada, but Marcia flew in for the holidays. She looked a little thinner, and she was wearing shoes without heels, which was uncharacteristic of her. Both she and Lora were barely five-foot-one, and both had always worn really high heels.”

Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, a nonfiction/memoir, can be purchased on Therese’s author website    Amazon  B&N  & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks format.

We can never lose Hope………………..Therese

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“Watching Their Dance” and Goodreads

Early in September 2017, after returning home from our 3-month book tour, I was updating my Goodreads Author Profile when I found this wonderful review on my book, Watching Their Dance. I was in shock because I had not submitted it.  My publicist said they reviewed it because I ran a “Goodreads Giveaway” last May, where I gave away 10 books. 817 people signed up for the event and Goodreads drew the 10 names.

I’m thrilled with the review to say the least. Goodreads 

The last statement of the review says:  ‘While you will learn a great deal about Huntington’s Disease along the way, this book has much to offer beyond the boundaries of any disease.” by Jazz Jaeschke for Story Circle Book Reviews, reviewing books by, for, and about women.

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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   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle,Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.


We can never lose HOPE…………Therese

Watching Their Dance

“Watching Their Dance”……….An Inspirational Story

Continued from August 31 blog  

In my last blog, I wrote that the Huntington’s Disease Community is the first audience I chose to promote Watching Their Dance to because of the subject matter (Huntington’s disease). Since I’m donating 100% of the proceeds from the book to Huntington’s disease organizations around the world, the HD community has been very supportive, and I will continue to connect with them for years to come.

The second audience I believe would enjoy Watching Their Dance are readers of inspirational stories. Kirkus Reviews said this about the book, “This is a story more about the power of hope than the wages of Huntington’s. Crutcher-Marin writes affectingly about the way her marriage was actually fortified by its precariousness—she learned to love more deeply in the shadow of her husband’s mortality.”   

Here are a few books I’ve read that are inspirational (in my opinion):

Breaking Night: The Liz Murray Story 

The Climb of my Life: Scaling Mountains with a Borrowed Heart by Kelly Perkins        

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan                     

Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom   


We can never lose HOPE……………..Therese 

To purchase Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, a memoir/nonfiction book, please visit my author website if you’re in the U.S.

Outside the U.S., you can find it on Amazon and other book websites. It’s available as a Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and Kobo file.


Hope, Watching Their Dance

A Review Every Author Dreams of Receiving


A debut memoir focuses on a family wrestling with the genetic legacy of Huntington’s disease.

Crutcher-Marin met her future husband in 1976 while they both attended junior college in California—it took no time for her to be captivated by him. Then, a few weeks before Thanksgiving, John’s three sisters called a meeting and revealed that while visiting an aunt they discovered the family was plagued by Huntington’s disease, a debilitating neurological disorder. John’s mother, Phyllis, and three of her siblings—four out of six overall—suffered from it. The odds that John would eventually come down with it were about 1 in 2, and there was neither a test to definitively diagnose it nor a cure to combat it. When the author met John he was 21 years old, and, generally, the symptoms start to appear between the ages of 30 and 45. Overwhelmed by the prospect that such uncertainty would forever haunt their lives, Crutcher-Marin reluctantly left John, a move encouraged by her own family. She even briefly dated someone else. But she couldn’t bear the separation and eventually returned to his embrace; they wed in 1980 and had a child. But the threat continued to loom over them like a storm cloud, and two of John’s siblings did eventually grapple with, and die from, the terrible affliction.

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We can never lose HOPE…………………Therese

Survival, Watching Their Dance

How I Lived with the Uncertainty of Huntington’s Disease

Mr. Anthony Jay Robbins said, “The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with.”  Tony is an American Multi-level marketing advocate, businessman, and author. He became well-known for his infomercials and self-help books: Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within and Awaken the Giant.

Certainty is almost always preferable to uncertainty because we humans like to know!  It was critical for me to know the who, what, where, when and why in my life because being in control calmed my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) symptoms. Being out of control threw me into a uncertainty-induced anxiety.

In 1978, the Huntington’s disease (HD) monster was introduced into my life.  John, the love of my life, had an unknown gene status for this fatal, genetic disorder that progressively destroyed the nerve cells in the brain. At that time, I was forced to decide if I could live with this huge unknown factor in my life (uncertainty), and if I did choose that path, could I live happily and not be a basket case.

When I decided to marry John, I realized I had to adapt to a life of uncertainty; change my way of thinking, learn to focus on the positive, find ways not to worry about the future.  So, I began searching for something reliable to grab ahold of.  I discovered four (4) strategies to embrace to make uncertainty bearable.

  1.  Know that you’re not seeing every option. This was hard because I only saw two options:  John had the mutated gene or he didn’t.  So, I slowed down and reminded myself that there are options that I couldn’t possible see immediately.  I told myself, just because I don’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there. And sure enough, with time, I found one way to cope through MINDFULNESS.   “Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” ~Sylvia Boorstein  

In my next blog, I will continue to discuss the ways I dealt with unimaginable uncertainty for 38 years.

We can never lose HOPE…………………….Therese

Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is a poignant remembrance of a love forged in crisis. To purchase the book, go to:  100% of the proceeds from the book are being donated to Huntington’s organizations around the world.










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