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Therese Crutcher-Marin, B.S., M.S.
Member on the HDSA Northern California Chapter Board
Author of Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, A Genetic Disease and Marrying Into a Family Living At Risk for Huntington’s
Synopsis: Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s
Would you marry the man you adored if you knew he had a chance of inheriting one of the cruelest diseases on earth?
Therese Crutcher is not a risk taker. Through meticulous planning, she eliminates as much uncertainty from her life as she can. Yet during her senior year of college, blithely planning to marry her beloved John Marin, she is suddenly thrown into turmoil when John’s sisters announce they finally know what killed their mother. Phyllis had Huntington’s disease, an inherited neurological disease with horrible odds: John and his three older sisters have a fifty-percent chance of inheriting this terrible wasting disease, which slowly kills the brain cells that affect movement and cognition. There is still no treatment or cure.
Therese takes the biggest gamble of her life and marries John despite his precarious future. Thus unfolds a life filled with unpredictability, tough choices, and pain, and yet full of love, good times, and great joy. Therese comes to realize that the uncertainty she willingly took on has opened her heart to love more deeply; that acknowledging her world could change overnight has made her life richer. She has learned to overlook shortcomings and to compromise, to let go of anger when she can’t control a situation, to find joy in the simple things. Life is just too precious to waste a moment on small stuff. And though John’s sisters leave this world far too soon, the Marin siblings, she realizes, have taught her about embracing life, forgiveness, and unconditional love.
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