What issues do you deal with?
Most teens involved with HD deal with the fact that one or more family members is not normal. This is
especially the case when one of these family members is a parent.
We have to watch our parent deteriorate from a normal loving parent that would do anything for you to someone
that is less than capable of expressing the compassion they would like to because the disease affects their judgment and behavior
This is easily seen in the case of my mother. Although inadvertent, she became unknowingly abusive towards
me, and I was forced to go to day care until my grandmother would arrive home from work just so I would not be left alone
with my mom.
Also, there is the concept of explaining the situation of your family to your friends. How do you do
it? Do you do it at all? These are questions each of us deal with in our own ways.
Simply put, things are a lot different when you have a parent with HD, in thousands of aspects. If you can
think of a scenario, chances are it's different when HD takes a parent out of the picture.
How do you feel about HD?
I hate it. Everyone does. I wish it didn't
exist, but it does, so what can you do about it. You just have to stay positive and not let it beat you.
Sit and complain, or stand and fight. Be active, do what you can as long as you are comfortable doing it.