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Seth Sears Inside the O’Brien’s Book Reflection Systems of Neuroscience 301 October 05, 2016 The Game of Life with Huntington’s Everything can change in the matter of an instant. Life altering injuries do not take into consideration age, race, or socioeconomic status. The novel Inside the O’Brien’s, written by Lisa Genova, is a fictional account that sagas the life of a man and his family thorough the harrowing discovery of his Huntington’s Disease. Though no recovery is ultimately made by the main character, Joe, the arduous road to reconciliation was no easy one for his family members. Genova accurately depicts the life of a happy man who goes from having everything he could dream of to a complete state of isolation. With the help of family, medical staff, and unwavering self motivation, he is able to come to terms with his condition, and learns to gradually adjust his lifestyle. Huntington’s Disease is an autosomal dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease. This meaning a person is required to have inherited a single allele from either parent in order to inherit the malady. Symptoms include progressive loss of voluntary motor control and an increase in involuntary movements known as chorea. The most disturbing thought of all involving this disease is there is currently no cure and patients generally suffer 10-15 years after receiving their diagnosis. All to often when a person is diagnosed with a poignant, life altering disease their entire outlook on life changes. It is safe to say that people do not consciously want to live a more
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