Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disorder that affects the neurons in the body. It starts off with a lack of coordination and an unsteady gait, but as the disease progresses, the body’s movements becomes more uncoordinated and jerky until it leads to a total loss of normal physical function. It also inevitably leads to dementia. Once a patient is diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, the life expectancy of the sufferer is drastically reduced — a majority of sufferers die within ten to twenty years from the onset of symptoms.
Jake Dowell knows exactly what disease does to the body and mind, as both his father and his brother suffer from this disorder — a disorder that will eventually lead to both of their deaths.
In the May 2 edition of The Hockey News, Dowell talks about this disease — and why, despite the fact that he may just carry the gene that causes HD, he refuses to be tested at this point in time.
He also sat down for a one-on-one video interview with THN.TV. Click on the images below to watch.