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BJ reviews new HD book recently launched – Rules for 50/50 chances

December 28, 2015

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BJ reviews new HD book recently launched – Rules for 50/50 chances

December 28, 2015


RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES is a page turning novel written by Kate McGovern. RULES takes you through a one year journey of Rose Levenson, a seventeen year old living at risk for Huntington’s disease while also caring for her mother and trying to live a normal life with friends, ballet and teenage love.

RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES is on sale from November 24th, 2015 through Kate McGovern’s website.

Personally, growing up with a mother affected by HD, I was taken for a ride through the past (both good and bad), as Rose’s journey painted a very clear and true picture of a ‘family dealing with HD’ and the emotions that many young teens impacted by HD must encounter before they should. I especially related to all of the Chinese and take out food that Rose’s family ordered for easy dinners

McGovern, who read a NY Times article back in 2007 about a young woman who was deciding whether or not to get tested, was inspired to learn more which turned into this book. That article, was about one HDYO’s good friends, Katie Moser!

“I started reading everything else I could get my hands on. And about six years after first reading the article, I started writing RULES,” said McGovern.

A great read for anyone looking to learn more about the incredibly tough decisions that every young person at-risk for HD must handle at some point. If you are an at-risk individual, a parent whose child is at-risk or possibly a friend of someone that is at-risk, I encourage you to purchase the book because you won’t be able to put it down. I believe RULES will allow every reader to understand how crucial a support network of friends and professionals with a listening ear and proper education are to help each individual make the right decision.

Regardless of Rose’s decision, the testing process is a very personal decision for every individual. If you want to learn more about being at-risk for Huntington’s disease or if you need speak to a professional, please visit www.hdyo.org to find the support and education that you need.

BJ Viau
News Team Reporter

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