The Marin Siblings

The Marin Women & Huntington’s Disease

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month and I write today to honor Loralee (Marin) Harbin, the first of my three (3) sisters-in-law stolen from us by the insidious Huntington’s disease (HD).  What is HD

Loralee Marin

Lora, one of the kindest human beings I have ever met, blessed my life for 13 years.  I met Lora when she was 28 years old and I was a young 21 year old college student.  She was a beautiful blond, striking woman with a creamy complexion, twinkling eyes, and a welcoming smile. 

Her generosity and bubbly personality drew people to her; I always felt a light radiated from her.  By day, she was a secretary at an accounting firm in Sacramento; by night, a highly creative chef.

Lora, John and Keith in our backyard in 1985. Lora was living with us.

I loved Lora, as did John, and HD had a deep psychological effect on her; HD can affect people differently.  Lora became severely depressed and self-medicated with alcohol which lead to the end of her marriage, job and life.  Lora, the oldest of the four siblings, saw her mother struggle with HD, and, once learned she might inherit the disease, it sent her over the edge. 

In 1985, she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and prescribed coumadin, a blood tinning medication.  In September 1989, she took a bad fall, had a cerebral hemorrhage and died.  

John and I miss her everyday and wish we could have grown old together.  On July 15th, 2020 Lora would have celebrated her 72nd birthday.  #LetsTalkAboutHD

We Can Never Lose HOPE…. 

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin


Lora, Cindy, Marcia Marin

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