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Rypien’s Story Will Be Told

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

But if Rypien’s story can compel one person to seek help; if it can put a human face to this dehabilitating disease, then, maybe, some value can come of this.

It isn’t much. But for those who were close to Rypien, that’s all they’ve got these days.

“I think Rick’s desire to talk about it was in trying to help others,” said Gillis. “I think we still have that opportunity.

“He was a wonderful guy.”

Gillis said that, in forthcoming weeks, the organization would tell Rypien’s story and chart the course of his six-year journey with the Canucks. It’s a remarkable story. It’s also a hero’s journey because, to understand how he kept coming back after mental illness kept him reeling, is to understand something about the young man’s courage.


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Paul,i think i have posted several times about my recovery from alcohol abuse.during my youth i took several blows to the head whether from playing sports,falls,etc.2 years ago i had a significant concussion.a slip and fall at work.now my ability to focus is simply now what it was before the fall.also i suffer from extreme mood swings from time to time.i was diagnosed as mildly bipolar 20 yrs ago.i’ve done the dealing with moods for 20 yrs.,i know how Rick felt.the average person has no idea how hard it is to sometimes pull out of dark,desparate thoughts.i plan on going to see a doctor soon,the downer feelings,seem to come more often now.i have a relatively happy life,i tend to shut out negative folks or situations.i have a few very enlighting articles on how doctors are changing their views on both what concussions as well as alcohol do to the brain.i made myself an oath i would never drink due to an encounter that was very positive regarding Bob Probert,2 yrs into my recovery.i intend to donate my brain to the same brain bank he did.if i can save another soul,i intend to.i hope to write a book of my story,an ordinary guy,and how i struggled with alcohol.my dream is to one day have a national 3 day walk to promote sobriety for those who seek it,raising the money so those who suffer can get treatment,find hope,regain a life and possibly a dream

Posted by Speedy on 08/23/11 at 12:36 AM ET


Our notions of toughness are antiquated in view of all the evidence concussions cause serious damage.  Both physical and mental.  Look at all the stupid comments about Crosby.  It’s not about courage or toughness.  The sports world has finally realized how serious an injury a concussion is.  The life of an NHL enforcer is a lonely one.  Often made worse by various drugs and alcohol.  i’m sure Steroid abuse is also fairly prevalent among these guys.

Posted by 13 user names on 08/23/11 at 02:47 AM ET

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