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Sickened review ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ë A young girl is perched on the cold chrome of yet another doctor’s examining table missing yet another day of school Just twelve she’s tall skinny and weak It’s four o’clock and she hasn’t been allowed to eat anything all day Her mother on the other hand seems curiously excited She's abouGun waving confrontations the astonishing naïveté of medical professionals and social workers It also exposes the twisted bonds of terror and love that roped Julie's family together including the love that made a child willing to sacrifice herself to win her mother's happiness The realization that the sickness lay in her mother not in herself would not come to Julie until adulthood But when it did it would strike like lightning Through her painful metamorphosis she discovered the courage to save her own life and ultimately the life of the girl her mother had found to replace her Sickened takes us to new places in the human heart and spirit It is an unforgettable story unforgettably to. Julie Gregory grew up in an abusive household Her mother had Munchausen by Proxy a mental disorder that causes someone to seek attention by inflicting medical symptoms on a dependent Throughout her childhood Julie was told that she was sick She was starved beaten and taken out of school for doctor's visits and hospital stays Her mother insisted that every possible test be done including invasive ones in order to get to the bottom of this Julie was punished if she didn't go along with the symptoms her mother told the doctors she had This is Julie's story of her childhood and how she finally broke freeReadalike suggestions For memoirs of child abuse or mental illness suggest A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer Wasted by Marya Hornbacher or even Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel For books with a similar literary tone try Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy or Truth and Beauty A Friendship by Ann Patchett

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E world’s most hidden and dangerous form of child abuse in which the caretaker almost always the mother invents or induces symptoms in her child because she craves the attention of medical professionals Many MBP children die but Julie Gregory not only survived she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant healthy young womanSickened is a remarkable memoir that speaks in an original and distinctive Midwestern voice rising to indelible scenes in prose of scathing beauty and fierce humor Punctuated with Julie's actual medical records it re creates the bizarre cocoon of her family's isolated double wide trailer their wild shopping sprees and. In an era where we've recently been faced with headline stories of kids like Hannah Milbrandt and Gypsy Rose Blanchard used as ploys to get sympathy money and attention for their mothers Sickened shouldn't be all that surprising yet it is the fact that a parent would not only do this to a child but also go to such efforts to hide it that's a whole new level of disturbing Sickened is written by one such child now an adult who spent most of her young life in hospital wards being told she was severely ill from what exactly It was always vague at best While this book doesn't give a huge deal of insight into the mother's reasoning it does look at munchausen through a child's eyes and also what might've led to the attention seeking behavior and abuse While to most such a perpetrator would be a monster to Gregory this monster was just mom and that's part of what makes the story so chilling and effective

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SickenedA young girl is perched on the cold chrome of yet another doctor’s examining table missing yet another day of school Just twelve she’s tall skinny and weak It’s four o’clock and she hasn’t been allowed to eat anything all day Her mother on the other hand seems curiously excited She's about to suggest open heart surgery on her child to get to the bottom of this She checks her teeth for lipstick and as the doctor enters shoots the girl a warning glance This child will not ruin her plansSickenedFrom early childhood Julie Gregory was continually X rayed medicated and operated on in the vain pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother’s mind Munchausen by proxy MBP is th. Two stars You'd think something with this much drama would manage to avoid being boring but it wasn't the caseMunchhausen's and Munchhausen's by Proxy are fascinating syndromes One of my favorite novels has a great example but it's kind of spoilerific view spoiler Sharp Objects hide spoiler