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    Thumbs up Katrina Kicked off Troubled Souls' Odyssey

    I was touched by this story which shows that, by sticking together, friends can overcome seemingly impossible odds.


    Sunday, September 18, 2005 6:14 p.m. ET

    They're out there. The shooters, the choppers, the looters, the lines, the foul water and the bodies. Especially the bodies. "But we're in here," says Victor Fruge.

    Others _ hundreds of thousands of them _ had also escaped from New Orleans. But few could match the extraordinary, even miraculous odyssey of Fruge and his comrades _ 16 mentally ill men and recovering addicts, cast out of their group home, Abstract House, by the storm.

    Story continued here and it's a must read!

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    Thanks for the link, Liz - it was a great article. I liked this little snippet:

    They are not inmates. While they might be delusional, largely toothless and at times hilarious, they are not really rebellious. Wearing scraps of donated clothing, the men range in age from 30 to 70. Several are quiet _ Leonard, for one, didn't speak for 12 days after the storm.

    For these men who are schizophrenic, bipolar, severely depressed, obsessive-compulsive and shellshocked from war _ often simultaneously _ Hurricane Katrina and its agonizing aftermath have forced them to function as a family, perhaps for the first time in their lives.

    "We look out for each other," says Raymond Jean Pierre, who everybody agrees is the oldest.

    "We stick together," says Patrick Pitchford, whose tattoos crawl down both arms like psychedelic shirt sleeves. "If one person had to go to the bathroom, we all go'd to the bathroom."
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    Really worth reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SieSie
    Thanks for the link, Liz - it was a great article. I liked this little snippet:

    Glad you enjoyed it, SieSie.

    I thought it was a bit irresponsible that the group were left to their own demise. But, it was great that they managed to stick together, looking out for one another; and eventually made it safely together to a safe harbor.

    My favorite snippet from the story was
    After another 200 miles, the bus pulled up to the Astrodome. The men showered for the first time in six days and ate. They circled their cots again, then looked for help.

    "Vic came up to us at the medical triage center and said there were 16 mental patients in a group," recalls psychiatrist Allison. "We asked him if he was their caretaker. He said, 'No, I'm one of the patients!'"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz
    I was touched by this story which shows that, by sticking together, friends can overcome seemingly impossible odds.


    Sunday, September 18, 2005 6:14 p.m. ET

    They're out there. The shooters, the choppers, the looters, the lines, the foul water and the bodies. Especially the bodies. "But we're in here," says Victor Fruge.

    Others _ hundreds of thousands of them _ had also escaped from New Orleans. But few could match the extraordinary, even miraculous odyssey of Fruge and his comrades _ 16 mentally ill men and recovering addicts, cast out of their group home, Abstract House, by the storm.

    Story continued here and it's a must read!
    Good link Liz,

    Was I in that group I can't remember

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom'sGirl
    Was I in that group I can't remember
    You girl!

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    Liz-

    Thanks for sharing that article with us all.
    It amazes me that none of them broke down or got arrested.. that the one thing they held onto was what "normal" people would think we mentally Ill would be happy to loose,--- their Meds!

    I, as a mentally Ill woman, want to say to these guys "I'm so proud of ya'll". Ya knew what had to be done and you did it.. all by yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneLostGrl
    Liz-

    Thanks for sharing that article with us all.
    It amazes me that none of them broke down or got arrested.. that the one thing they held onto was what "normal" people would think we mentally Ill would be happy to loose,--- their Meds!

    I, as a mentally Ill woman, want to say to these guys "I'm so proud of ya'll". Ya knew what had to be done and you did it.. all by yourself!

    You're welcome, OneLostGrl!

    I am just truly amazed that unlike so many others, like family members who got separated from each other, that these people were successful at staying together and 'keeping it together'. I'd imagine the stress & the unfamiliarity of their surroundings could have easily set some of them off; or caused them to become agitated or any number of things that 'could've happened' to endanger them or even others!

    I think there had to be a guardian angel looking over them!

    I'm proud of them, too! They are true survivors! God bless them all!

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    Praise the Lord for their survival! It may have been the most therapeutic thing they've done! Maybe we should give "mentally ill" people more opportunities to succeed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz
    Glad you enjoyed it, SieSie.

    I thought it was a bit irresponsible that the group were left to their own demise. But, it was great that they managed to stick together, looking out for one another; and eventually made it safely together to a safe harbor.

    My favorite snippet from the story was
    That was my favorite part, too. Where Vic says, "No, I'm one of the patients."
    The others were lucky to have him along to care for them.


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    This story would make a fabulous movie. LOL I Have been casting the actors in my head for days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    Praise the Lord for their survival! It may have been the most therapeutic thing they've done! Maybe we should give "mentally ill" people more opportunities to succeed.
    AMEN, Dark Knight!
    For reasons-- sometimes right and sometimes wrong reasons--people "pussy foot" around us (I say "us" because I'm one of "them")
    and hope like hell that we won't break.
    Similar to a person in a wheelchair, we are afraid to stare cuz we don't want to hurt their feelings, yet, by us looking away it hurts them more-so.

    We are all people and all capable of many different things, some of those thing surprise even ourselves after we pull thru it! When a mentally Ill person succeeds, it honestly shocks him/her more then it shocks an outsider. Because we are always told we can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tybee204
    This story would make a fabulous movie. LOL I Have been casting the actors in my head for days.
    Who's who on your casting list, Tybee? I think it would make a fabulous movie, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tybee204
    This story would make a fabulous movie. LOL I Have been casting the actors in my head for days.

    You know what? That is a fabulous idea. I haven't gone to a movie in years, but I'd go see a movie based on this story! You oughta try to sell the idea, Tybee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingDeb
    Who's who on your casting list, Tybee? I think it would make a fabulous movie, too.

    I don't suppose she'd cast Tom Cruise as the "keeper/dispenser" of the meds.

    Nick Nolte and Jack Nicholson might be a couple of possibilities for a part in that movie.

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