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The Empathy Gene

The word Empathy is the ability to imagine oneself in the condition of another; a vicarious participation in another’s emotions.

My mother holding me during my first Christmas

My mother, Cleo Rita (McKibben) Crutcher gifted me the Empathy Gene, a gene I was happy to receive. She was a kind hearted person who could empathize when others suffered losses, tragedies, helping however she could.

As a small child I saw compassion in my mothers daily activities.  One example I remember was when my sisters and I were sitting in the backseat of the car and we passed a car accident. As our car slowed down to pass the accident, I don’t know what exactly my mom saw, but she began to weep and began praying for the victims.

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I’m writing about the Empathy Gene, a positive gene to have because I write about the huntingtin gene, the mutated gene that causes Huntington’s disease (HD), the cruelest disease on the planet. HD symptoms are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously and there is NO CURE. What is HD?

I focus on the huntingtin gene because I’m a Huntington’s Disease Advocate, having lost my mother-in-law and three sisters-in-law to this horrific disease.

It feels good to write about the Empathy Gene that’s a good gene to have in your family.

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

Thanks Mom for your gift of empathy. (Jan. 12, 1930-July 19, 2006)

We Can Never Lose HOPE…………

Therese Crutcher-Marin author website:  https://theresecrutchermarin.com

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