My name is Dr. Stacey White, I am 46 years old. I am a resident at Terrance Cardinal Cooke Healthcare System I speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

I am a Dr. Living with H.D. I worked as a pediatrician for almost 20 years. I had to retire due to the onset of Huntington’s. I love working with people.

So many of my family have died or are now sick with this disease. I went to speech therapy to relearn how to speak clearly, and to smile.

I had to surrender my license as I could no longer drive safely. I walk unsteady. I do yoga for 1 hour a day to relax my muscles.

I speak to medical residents on what it is like to be a physician living with this disease.

When I found out I was sick I never cried. I was in denial. I lied and was aggressive towards everyone. Since becoming a resident at Cooke I have undergone therapy, I have finally cried. I use many medications to control my chorea and aggressiveness.

Smiling beautiful people, with PhD’s Teachers, fireman, nurses, and MD’s are the brave new faces of Huntington’s.

This is a new beginning for me. The dawn is lit. I am living with dignity, grace and peace.

 You can see me on you tube. Huntington’s Dr. Stacey speaks

 

   
 
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