Huntington’s disease is an illness caused by a faulty gene in your DNA (the biological ‘instructions’ you inherit which tell your cells what to do). If you have Huntington’s, it affects your body’s nervous system – the network of nerve tissues in the brain and spinal cord that co-ordinate your body’s activities.
Huntington’s can cause changes with movement, learning, thinking and emotions. Once symptoms begin, the disease gradually progresses, so living with it means having to adapt to change, taking one day at a time.
Living with Huntington’s disease can be very challenging. Getting the right information and support is vital and we’re here to help.
Although there is, as yet, no cure, you can learn to manage symptoms more effectively to improve your quality of life.