Kids-Young Adults


Please Read!
Talking With Children
Families & Coping With HD
What Young People Think~HD
HD & Me: A Guide For Young People
Do You Have A Sibling With HD?
SECTION 2 - Knowledge!
What Is Abuse?
What Are Signs of Abuse?
What Is Attention Deficit? (AD-HD)
Emotional~Helping Your Child
Alcoholic Parent? What You Should Know
How Do I Handle Anger?
What Is Anxiety?
How Do I Handle Bad Moods?
What Is A Bipolar Disorder?
How Does My Brain Work?
What Are My Brain Parts?
Brain Foods & Actions
What Is A Chronic Illness?
Handout: 25 Tips To Help Someone
What Is Depression?
Are You Depressed?
What Happens On A Physical Exam?
What Will Happen At A Hospital?
What Is A Drug/Drinking Problem?
How Can Drugs Harm Me?
What Are Epilepsy~Seizures?
Do My Feelings Matter?
All About Genes
Explain Hyperactivity To Me
What's It Like Living With JHD?
~JHD HDSA Project
What Is A Learning Disability?
How DO Medicines Work?
How Does Our Memory Work?
What Is Obsessive Compulsive?
What Is An Occupational Therapist?
What Senses Pain?
What Is Physical Therapy?
What Is Speech Therapy?
What Is A Psychologist? Psychiatrist?
Thinking About Running Away?
Why Do I Feel Sad?
Why Is Sleep Important?
Special Needs Kids-What's It Like?
Feeling Stressed Out?
Suicide~Helping A Friend
Does Talking To Parents Help?
What About Teens & Suicide?
What Is Seeing A Therapist Like?
Tell Me About Wheelchair Use
Tell Me About Dying
~ Grief
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HD & Me: A Guide For Young People


                                        I've read this book and it IS fantastic!
The following are excerpts from the book "HD and Me: A Guide For
Young People" written by Alison Gray that was published August
2000 by the HD Association (Wellington), Inc. (see HD links). 
As the book says, the "quotes from young people" appear throughout
this book and speak far louder than any text."    Below are just two of
the many quotes from the young people in this book. 
Many of you reading the below may be feeling the same way.   Why not
share your feelings by putting  them on the "Message Forum" to share
with other young people?

    HD And Me

    HD to me  means a lot of things.

    It means pain and suffering for something that a "normal"
    17 year-old shouldn't even have to know about.  I hurt
    because I watch my father whom I love and care about,
    suffer from an illness that he didn't ask for.

    HD is terrifying.  It scares me because I don't want to be
    'different".   I am an independent person and the last thing
    I want is people looking after me.   I also see it as terrifying
    because it's the thing I hate and fear the most in my life.
    It is the thing that I have to confront every day and that
    scares me.

    On the other hand, HD means strength and hope.  Because
    of this thing I have to face and cope with, because of the
    pain and suffering, I am a stronger, more courageous person.
    I have that to be thankful for.

    I find hope inside my strength because it makes me see
    the positive side of this condition.  I also find hope in the
    new technology as it shows me that if I do find myself
    with HD it might not be as bad as it seems today.


    What We Don't Like About HD
     ~ From Young People In HD Families:

    Thinking why us, why not someone else?
    Worrying about what other people think.
    Watching loved ones deteriorate.
    Feeling you may be next.
    Not knowing how long you have got to live.
    Thinking you haven't done a good job.
    Having to explain it to somebody else.
    Thinking no one understands.
    Having to carry on when somebody stares.
    Not knowing what's going on.
    Having secrets from family members and friends.
    Why does she say so many horrible hurtful things?

The book  has 68 pages.  Following is the index:

What This Book Is About

Some Facts About HD

    Why is it called HD
    How Do people get HD
    What does HD do
    What the scientist are doing-the hope page!

HD In Your Family
    Why is HD so scary

Tools To Help You Cope
    An ABC to help you cope with HD
    Some Ways of managing HD behavior

Looking Ahead
    What about predictive testing?
    An ending - but not the end
    Where to go for help (lists HD associations all over)

The book has quotes, poems and stories from those whose ages range
from 8 to 22 .  This is a book for young people who live in a family
where someone has Huntington's disease.  It  is also for young people
who want to know more about the disease and how it may affect their
Ordering The HD & Me Guide book:
I am working on getting copies of this book to offer for sale in the USA.
In the interim, this book from Huntingtons Disease New Zealand
Association is for sale through the HD Association-UK at: