Saturday, July 17, 2010

Good Reads: Sickened

Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy ChildhoodSickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a true story about the author. She is a victim of Munchausen by Proxy from the hands of her mother.Growing up Julie was always sick with a heart condition. She was dragged from Doctor to doctor by her mother. As a reader you know the illness does not exist but you don't know if Julie realizes this until she begs for someone to believe her mother is lying before a traumatic heart procedure.Julie's father is of no help either because he lets his wife do as she wishes as long as he is not bothered, or his wife's wrath is not directed toward him.I found myself sickened as doctors, social workers, and teachers take the mother at her word and no one steps in to help this child. Julie finally leaves and is left with a damaged spirit.I would have liked to have known if Julie ever confronted her mother and if she has a relationship with her now.

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