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!Free Kindle ♋ Sickened ⚉ 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 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 The 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 Gun Waving Confrontations, The Astonishing Na Vet 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 Told 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. Two stars You d think something with this much drama would manage to avoid being boring, but it wasn t the case.Munchhausen 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 Interesting novel written by a victim of Munchausen by Proxy I ve seen Munchausen in my practice and it is an ugly disease, and very diffcult at times to detect I m not surprised the abuse Ms Gregory suffered went on as long as it did, because of how sneaky and insidious the disease is She does an admirable job writing about the abuse without becoming maudlin or playing for sympathy She seems to be a woman in charge of her own health now, and the story rings of her strength and ability to find meaning and peace in her life I wish there had beendiscussion of Munchausen and Munchausen by proxy so people who aren t familiar with it could really understand it It is tragic that abuse is continued in families through this horrific illness and children are miserable and die because of it It was an engrossing read and left me sad, horrified, and ultimately awed by Ms Gregory s determination to break free of both being abused and being an abuser. Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I m delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever Baron M nchausen Hoooooolllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyy crapsickle Julie Gregory memoirs her childhood as a munchausen by proxy victim and it s a hell of a gawker story Not as jarring as The Glass Castle in my opinion but still Christ what the hell People really do suckYou looking for the suckers, honey Here, let me get em for you Mom pulls out a new book of matches and carefully bends back the cover to expose two fresh red rows of the minipops she s been giving me for as long as aI can remember My mouth waters when I see their shimmery crimson tips The first one is always the best, and I pluck it out and get it fast on my tongue, waiting for the metallic zolt to rush my taste buds Once the hardest layer dissolves, I flop the match against the side of my teeth and crunch the softer bits off the stick, spitting the white flimsy paper to the floor, swallowing the rest Munchausen by proxy we ve all seen The Sixth Sense we remember that little girl in the tent with Haley Joel Osment She scared the bejeezus out of me We remember the video of her mother pouring Pine Sol into her soup, right Yessireee My faith in humanity waned big time then DefinitionIn the M nchausen by Proxy syndrome, an adult care giver makes a child sick by either fabricating symptoms or actually causing harm to the child, whereby convincing not only the child but others, including medical providers, that their child is sickNamed after Baron Munchausen, a german nobleman who enjoyed exaggerating and was documented in literature as a sort of cry wolf sort MBP could be presented in many ways such as the Pine Sol scene from above or say, poisoning your child with excessive amounts of salt or um.tainting your child s urine with your own blood In Julie Gregory s case it included not feeding your child and then bringing them to the doctor saying that they are listless and weak duh or convincing the child that something is wrong with their heart and introducing doctor upon doctor until the mother it s usually a female caretaker finds a doctor willing to run a battery of invasive tests to determine the problem and then screaming at the doctor when he refuses to do open heart surgery on the kid Hmmm There are many incidents in this book that just scream holy jumpin josaphat her mother was a pathological liar who had grown up in an abusive situation and demanded attention at all costs Nature versus Nurture at its best Half the time I wasn t sure if I felt bad for the crazy bitch or if I wanted to kick her ass Of course the kids have little idea of what is happening, they just want to please their parents so Julie misses school, nods and yeps when her mother explains all the symptoms that Julie has been experiencing She lets people prod her in those very special places and she gets her chest shaved like half a dozen times so they can test her heart If only this was all she had to endure her mother would often make up lies about the kids to get her husband s attention, which could result in beatings for the kids She would often run around their doublewide screaming how horrible her life was and the kids would have to pry the shotgun from her hand when she threatened suicide Where was this Brady Bunch episode The story was a clusterfuck of events and the fact that Gregory could document this AND include photos adds to the rubbernecking, trust me shows a committed resolve to get people to pay attention I was not so fond of the language it was too flowery or too embellished making her seemdramatic than she needed to be Her story stands without the whole broken mirror shattered image clich. Though Munchausen s by Proxy is a terrible disorder that causes parents to inflict grievous pain and suffering upon their trusting and powerless children, I simply was not impressed with this book Just another look how ed up my upbringing was, but by god I m a SURVIVOR There are so many survivors of so many diverse kinds of abuse, and it seems like everyone wants to write a tell all now Some are excellent e.g The Glass Castle and some are so deliciously horrifying I couldn t stop reading e.g Running with Scissors but Sickened was redundant and padded with too many lame metaphors and not terribly compelling a read I did read to the end because I was curious about the fate of the family, but could not identify with any of the characters I found the experience vaguely disappointing. I m not sure what to even say about this book Most of the time I was reading it I felt just as the title says, sickened I ve read a lot of true crime and child abuse books and it never fails to resonate with me when someone can treat a child like this This girl went through such terrible, terrible situations as a child, her mother actually succeeding in making her, along with many, many doctors and hospitals, believe she was truly sick and is still dealing with the after effects to this day Trying time and time again to have a reltionship with either parent when both refuse to own up to what they did, the mother trying to do it all over again to another pair of children making the authors life hell still today The things done to this child ranged from saying that she wasn t as pretty as the other girls and never would be to forcing her to eat an elderly mans snot rag their words, not mine I was literally sickened the whole time reading this and I m not sure she could have ever came up with a better title for this book I d love the chance to speak with her mother. 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 free.Readalike suggestions Formemoirs 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. The entire time I read this book, I was screaming in my head Giving the riot act to the doctors to the father to the social workers that turned a blind eye I was just as bewildered and pleading as Julie as, watching the doctors slice her open when nothing was wrong I understood Julie I can remember countless times, my eyes screamed volumes that no one wanted to hear or understand And how everyone turns away, or shakes their head in disagreement but not one single adult will stand up for you I understand what it s like to be a child confronted the rage of an adult, having done nothing to cause it How you try to make yourself small, to try to stay out of sight I know what it s like to try to do as many after school activities as possible because home was the last place you wanted to go back to.This is why this story spoke volumes to me it was the desperation Children go through this everyday They spend their childhood afraid, and once they hit adulthood with all these hangups that are there no matter how well hidden they are They have to work years at undoing what was done It s just so unfair. This book was a little disappointing More than following the issues of Munchausen by Proxy, the author revealsabout the emotional and physical abuse her mother and father I was expectingdetail and I guessMunchausen issues then was given.