Huntington's Disease is a hereditary disorder that affects the brain cells causing uncontrolled body movements, lack of coordination, loss of ability to think and reason as well as psychological difficulties. There are approximately 30,000 people in the United States who are affected by HD and another 200,000 who are at risk of developing the disease. HD generally strikes in mid-life, between the ages of 30-50, but cases as young as 2 years and as old as 80 have been reported. In 1993, the gene that causes HD was identified and a simple predictive test was developed to determine whether a person carries the defective gene or not. Those who do carry the gene will develop the disease (if they live long enough) and they CAN pass it onto each of their children. Those who do not inherit the gene cannot pass HD onto any of their children HD does not skip generations. There is currently no effective treatment and no cure. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Huntington's Disease Society of America.
Homeward Journey depicts a young writer?s life through the art of his poetry. My brother, Leslie, was confronted with many obstacles as he traveled through his short lifetime. He pursued his dream and became a writer. His life took a turn when he inherited Huntington?s Disease in his mid thirties. Never did he give up hope. He continued to scribble down poems, until his struggle with the disease ended at the age of 48. This book is my tribute to him, a talented and creative poet.