Thursday, August 12, 2010

Alone and buried by possessions

By Kristen Mack

Hoarding, a version of obsessive-compulsive disorder that can consume a household, is a social problem that is slowly being recognized

On their wedding day, Jesse and Thelma Gaston decided all they needed was each other.

She was a classically trained musician and an aspiring opera singer who gave up her career to be with him, family members said. He went to grad school while working a day job in order to become a chemist and to better provide for her.

They never had kids. They did make room to worship God, crafting a makeshift church in their basement, where they were the only congregants.

Early on, guests who visited their Grand Crossing home were invited inside, siblings said. But as years went by, visits were limited to the porch, and then the yard. Over time, Jesse and Thelma deliberately distanced themselves from family, relatives recalled. It was a solitary life they chose..." More

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