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Christmas Adventure with Aunt Marcia-Chapter 26

Excerpt from the nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s:

In Chapter 26, page 206, John and I take Aunt Marcia, Keith and Vanessa on a Christmas adventure to cut down a Christmas tree and on the way home we stopped and had hot chocolate.  It’s a positive memory my children have with their Aunt Marcia who was struggling with Huntington’s disease. 

“Two weeks before Christmas, we treated Marcia and the kids to a surprise.  We loaded everyone into the van and headed to McBurney Christmas Tree Farm, just outside Grass Valley.  We slid a Mickey Mouse Christmas cassette into the tape player, and Keith and Vanessa sang The Twelve Days of Christmas all the way there.  Just as we pulled into the parking lot, snow began falling, setting the stage for a perfect day.  John turned around and said, ‘You guys get to pick out your very own tree this year, and then you can help me cut it down.’

Keith’s eyes grew big.  ‘Do I really get to help chop it down, Dad?’

‘Yes, but you have to mind your father, Keith, and do exactly what he tells you.’ I bundled the kids up, and they were out of the car in a heartbeat.”  

Watching Their Dance, an inspiration love story while living in the shadow of Huntington’s disease.  100% of the proceeds from the book is being donated to the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America.  It’s available on Therese’s author website http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com and many book websites like  Amazon 

 

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