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Our Home Is a Potential Danger Zone

We live in a house with hardwood floors and three flights of wooden stairs. For my wife, Jill, who is gene-positive for Huntington’s, and our dog, this setup is a danger zone. Let me explain. The floors are beautiful, but they are slippery. We are reminded of how…

Why I Take Part in Huntington’s Disease Research

I never knew what participating in medical research was all about when I was growing up. For 10 years, I was an active member of the Huntington’s disease community, but I had no clue about research. One reason was because from 1999 to 2009 there wasn’t much research to participate…

My Wife, Her Father, and Driving With HD

This past summer, I had to take my car to a mechanic. It had logged more than 122,000 miles and needed some major work done to it. My wife, Jill, went with me but she drove her car so I could leave mine at the mechanic’s shop, which…

Learning About Other Diseases Improves HD Advocacy

As a Huntington’s disease (HD) community advocate, I am always trying to listen and learn from anyone who may help the cause. This means listening to people outside the HD community, as well as those who are part of it. Earlier this year, I was connected to a young…

Let’s Do More to Fight Huntington’s Disease

It’s not enough. That’s what I kept thinking when my wife, Jill, and I were watching the 7th Annual Freeze HD virtual event on Oct. 16. This entertaining and emotional benefit featured a silent auction, music performances, and celebrities who shared how Huntington’s disease (HD) has affected family members…

Patience Is a Requirement for Good Caregiving

My wife, Jill, who is gene-positive with Huntington’s disease (HD), is a born caregiver. It’s one of the reasons I fell in love with her. I watched her take care of her father, who also was diagnosed with HD, as he started to decline physically and mentally. It was an…

The People Involved in Freeze HD Warm My Heart

On Saturday evening, my wife, Jill, and I will be putting on our fancy party clothes to attend the 7th Annual Freeze HD virtual event. The benefit will feature celebrities, music performances, and a silent auction, with the goal of raising money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.