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The Ultimate Act of Betrayal

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin, HD Advocate

Through the years, I’ve lived with the fact that I betrayed John when the Marin family discovered their mother had Huntington’s disease (HD). What is HD

John and I were college sweethearts, graduating from college and planning our lives together.  I turned by back on the relationship because I was scared, confused and didn’t feel that I was brave enough to live with this huge uncertainty in my life.   

Betrayal is the breaking of a trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals.  I definitely was conflicted in my mind and heart when I betrayed John. My mind said, “You can’t live with the unknown”, and my heart said, “Take a chance. He’s the love of your life…..be with him”.       

Ultimately, I found my way back to John and embraced life with him and I have never regretted it.  John was the only Marin sibling out of four that did not inherit the mutated huntingtin gene.  We are forever grateful.

What is a mutated huntingtin gene?

We Can Never Lose HOPE…….

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