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Advocate Emerges After Years Of Self-Imposed Exile
May 20, 2003

CATSKILL, NEW YORK--Sunday's Daily Freeman featured an article about Judy Grzyb, a 55-year-old woman who recently came out of a 40-year self-imposed exile.

Grzyb was diagnosed with mental retardation when she was 4 years of age and placed into a "special" classroom.

"Back in them days in special class, they just threw you in there and forgot about you," Grzyb explained.

When she was 16, her mother took her out of school. Grzyb then stayed mostly in her home, until a year and a half ago.

It turns out that what experts believed to be mental retardation was, in fact, a panic disorder.

With medication and therapy, Grzyb is rejoining social life, going back to school, and advocating for the rights of people with mental illness.

Entire article:
"Woman removes her 'retarded' label" (Daily Freeman)


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