Author Archives: Steven Beatty

Expressing Yourself Through Writing Can Be Therapeutic

Remember when people wrote letters? You know, when they sat down with an actual pen and let the ink roll out onto paper. Everyone had their own writing technique and style, their own spin on cursive. It’s a bit of a lost art in today’s technologically advancing world, isn’t it?…

Tips from My Huntington’s Disease Genetic Testing Experience

The identification of the Huntington’s disease (HD) gene in 1993 opened doors for new scientific exploration. The HD community of families and researchers around the world were excited about what the discovery could mean. Since then, that knowledge has informed researchers about where to focus their studies. The…

Turning Huntington’s Disease Awareness into Action

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month in many parts of the world. It’s an excellent opportunity for those of us in the Huntington’s disease (HD) community to reach people who wouldn’t typically encounter this disease and share some understanding about the condition. There are many ways to raise…

Is Huntington’s Disease Interfering with My Work?

There is some evidence in the Huntington’s disease literature that suggests people with the gene may lack insight into how they have started to show signs of the illness. This terrifies me for several reasons, but for the focus of this column, I’ll discuss the possible effect this…

What Would Dr. Huntington Think Today?

It’s time for us to enter our Huntington’s disease (HD) time machine and travel back to the year 1872. It is here that we find Dr. George Huntington sitting in his clinic’s office handling a package. He runs his thumbs along the seam to ensure its closure, turns it…