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Shana Martin -- Lumberjack world champ fights to raise awareness of Huntington's Disease

Shana+Martin in Royal Easter Show at the ASB Showgrounds
Boom runners Olivia Judd (L) and Shana Martin compete during the lumber jack show at the Royal Easter Show at the ASB Showgrounds on April 10, 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Olivia Judd;Shana Martin (Getty Images)more pics »Shana Martin wears a lot of hats. She's a pro lumberjack competitor, a fitness model, and now she's attempting to raise awareness of Huntington's Disease.

The ESPN favorite wrote on her blog:
Thank you for taking a look at this page. May of you already know, and some have no clue about how Huntington's Disease affects my life. During my birth, my mother displayed some abnormal movements. Five years later it was determined to be Huntington's Chorea. My mom was not aware she was at risk for this disease because she had been adopted. While growing up, my dad and I took care of her until eventually we could not safely leave her side. At that point we made a decision to put her in a nursing home. She is currently living at Ingleside Nursing Home in Mt. Horeb, where they take wonderful care of her. We visit her every week, and take her out as much as possible.

I have a 50% chance of also getting Huntington's Disease. This is a scary thing, but I have known about this for most of my life. There is a test available, but I haven't had the guts to take it yet. I'm sure I will before I start a family though. I am very open about all of this, so if anybody has any questions about the disease, or the personal factors of it, feel free to contact me. I really do want more people to have knowledge about it, since it is such a rare disease.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a wonderful article on Huntington's Disease and my family. Please click here to take a look.

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