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Arthur Lazarev

Huntington’s Disease (HD) Patient Stories

Arthur Lazarev was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease at 26. After changing careers, he devoted himself to his education and raising awareness of the disease.


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Acre, Israel

Arthur’s History with the Condition

Arthur Lazarev was born in Russia and immigrated to Israel alone with his mother when he was ten years old. Around two years after they came to Israel, his mother was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a degenerative genetic illness.

As a teenager, Arthur enlisted for military service, despite being an only child and the difficulties caused by his mother’s condition. He was later discharged with honors.

After leaving the military, he studied Structural Engineering at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) for practical reasons, even though education had always been the subject he preferred.

Soon after he was discharged from the army, Arthur noticed he was making involuntary movements similar to the ones his mother made at the early stages of her disease.

Due to his intense course of study at the Technion, and possibly because he was reluctant to confirm his suspicions, Arthur decided not to get tested and tried to ignore the symptoms.

At the age of 26, his symptoms worsened, and he began to have psychological problems. Arthur changed his mind and decided to have the test for HD. The positive results didn’t come as a surprise. 26 is considered young for the development of Huntington’s, which usually occurs when patients are in their 30s to 50s.

After being diagnosed with Huntington’s, he decided to change his course. Arthur started his role as an instructor for Aharai, an educational organization for young leaders.

The information presented is solely for educational purposes, not as specific advice for the evaluation, management, or treatment of any condition.

NPS-ALL-NP-00929 April 2023

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