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Happy Holidays

This year has sure flown by.  It is so hard to believe a new year is right around the corner, let alone my birthday and Christmas again.

Life is a Gift

I turned 48 on my last birthday. Another year and a half and I will be 50. Time sure is flying.

I will be going to the clinic in July and will be interested to hear of the new effective treatments they have now for slowing the HD down. I am also hoping I will get on the list for the gene silencing treatments. It has been 3 or 4 years since I have been there so it is time.

Dementia

One of the toughest aspect of Huntington's and some other neurological conditions is dealing with dementia on a daily basis. My sister had dementia for many years and I spent many hours answering all the same questions and trying to explain things only for her to forget and get confused all over again. The dementia symptom I noticed the most was how easily she was confused by things. She started asking a lot of child-like questions as her ability to reason things out was completely gone. She lost the ability for small talk and for initiating conversations.

Being Mean

There are a lot of people with Huntington's who can have a problem with being mean to their loved ones.  Sometimes HD can completely change a person’s personality and other times it amplifies what is already there.  My father was a very kind and gentle man and as his HD progressed he became kinder and gentler.  In his case it amplified his existing personality rather than changing it.

Life Goes On

It has now been over five months since my sister Shannon passed away of Huntington’s and all around me life goes on.  After years of being beside her through her journey and putting all my energy into trying to always be a good sister to her especially the last three years, there is a strange and unfamiliar inner peace inside me which I have not felt in many years.  My other sister and I did everything in our power to make her life as happy and comfortable as possible.  We showed her all the love we possibly could.

To My Newest HD Angel

After years of my watching her progression from a front row seat, my oldest sister finally passed away almost two months ago now. I have been dragging my feet at writing this final chapter of her life as I knew it was going to make me sad all over again and stir up all the grief I still feel in my heart for her.

In the five weeks before her death she had a stroke and as her sister, seeing her in diapers and then having to be fed minced food as she had lost the ability to chew with the stroke, I was saddened at the further hit to her pride.

Staying Sane

Staying sane while living with Huntington's and dealing with affected family members can he a huge challenge for HD families. We are all set to different levels of sanity so some of us have more to spare then others do. I have always found it funny that it is the insane people who believe themselves to be completely sane but it is the sane people who actually question their sanity. So if you wonder if you ARE crazy it is actually proof that you are not. Crazy but true.

Perspective

Perspective is the ultimate way to be able to put the things that happen in life into proper focus. How we view things has everything to do with how big a deal we make of some things. There are always three choices in any given situation: Give up, give in or give it all you've got. Time is going extremely fast and in just two days from now, tomorrow will already be yesterday.

I had been a Home Support worker for years before I was diagnosed with HD. This would prove to be a huge benefit to me and helped me to put my HD in perspective.

False Memories

Delusions can be a big part of Huntingtons with some people.  I have a sister who is completely delusional.  It really keeps us on our toes to try to keep up with all the different ideas she comes up with.  Trying to reason all the time with someone who has an altered grasp of reality and a 5 second memory span is a full time dance/job.  She keeps coming up with these brilliant ideas but because she does not see her disability at all she feels she is capable of everything and everything.

Needing an Advocate

The time will come for each and everyone of us when we will need someone else to do our talking for us. A few months ago there was something that happened that made it clear I had gone from needing a part time advocate to a full time advocate. I relocated again last winter and had to go through the process of getting a new dentist and family doctor. I have run into problems in the past with dentists as they do not understand that I have to be medicated for them to be able to work on me.

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