Why do they keep locking me up?
Rusty’s Story is a True Story. It’s a story of genuine courage and dignity. A story about what human beings could be at their best in spite of incredible pain and suffering. Rusty’s Story is Carol Gino’s account of the extraordinary life of the woman she undertook to help – the woman who ended up teaching her an invaluable lesson about the will to live, the strength of hope…
*There are over two million people in America alone who have epilepsy and today most of them, if properly diagnosed and treated – can live normal lives.
"The mind can only look. The heart can sometimes see."
The doctors made mistakes with Rusty – some very big mistakes. But it wasn’t so much a shocking misdiagnosis as it was a misdiagnosis with shocking consequences. The diagnosis was that Rusty was paranoid schizophrenic. And because of that diagnosis, because of that label, Rusty was committed to a state mental hospital on and off for over four years. But the doctors were wrong. What Rusty really had was epilepsy. And because they were unable to see that, she was locked up at the age of fifteen and prevented from living a reasonably normal life. Rusty used to wonder if she would make it through the day, seeing danger in everyday living. She was twenty when Carol Gino met her and learned of her past ordeals: the stigma of mental illness, the drugs that took away her self-control, the treatments that only worsened her symptoms. Carol and Rusty set out to prove that illness can be overcome, and that there is no substitute for love and care