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W.Va. Woman Starts Huntington's Disease Support Group

The group's goal is to help men and women who are affected by the disease, along with their family and friends.

HARPERS FERRY, W. Va. - Huntington's Disease is a neurological disorder and according to medical studies the survival rate is anywhere from 10 to 15 years.

Belief and prayer - those are the words Betsy Crutcher, of Harper Ferry, lives by as she constantly watches her husband Brian battle Huntington's Disease, a disorder which affects muscle coordination and leads to other cognitive and psychiatric issues.

Although Crutcher tries to stay positive, she says dealing with day to day activities can be hard. 

"He'll get up to walk to the bathroom, and then I will stop and play a game, let's see who can stand the longest just to try to get him up. Then there are times where I just sit there and watch him," said Betsy. "I will just get depressed, despondent and I need a support group as much as others do."   

With that in mind, Crutcher formed the Huntington's Disease Support Group of the Eastern Panhandle West Virginia. The group's goal is to help men and women who are affected by the disease, along with their family and friends.

It's all in an effort to let folks know they're not alone. 

"They just don't know we are out there, so they don't know there are resources. So instead of right now doing a walk, I'm creating this website to form a support group," said Betsy.

Click here for more information about Huntington's Disease Support Group of the Eastern Panhandle West Virginia

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