UMay is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month and I write today to honor Marcia Louise Marin, the second sister-in-law stolen from us by the insidious Huntington’s disease (HD). What is HD
Marcia was twenty-six when I met her. She was shy but sophisticated, glowing with gentility—the first woman I knew who looked chic in jeans, maybe because she had them dry-cleaned. Her light brown curly hair and makeup were always impeccable.
Neither Lora or Marcia attended college; after Marcia graduated from high school, she’d gone to work in San Francisco in the typing pool at Pacific Bell. But she was smart and ambitious, and ten years later, her title was Marketing Representative.
In 1985, Marcia was in a terrible auto accident and retired from Pac Bell. Her co-workers though she was drunk on the job because she fell off her high heels and she couldn’t remember things. The next year, Marcia was diagnosed by neurologists with Huntington’s disease at the University of California, San Francisco.
It was a tremendous blow for all of us but, unfortunately, I had seen symptoms in Marcia for about three years; twitches, losing her balance, taking falls. #LetsTalkAboutHD
John and I miss her everyday and wish we could have grown old together. On October 25, 2020 Marcia would have celebrated her 71st birthday.
We Can Never Lose HOPE….
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