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Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood

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ISBN13: 9780553381979
ISBN10: 0553381970
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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 plans.

As a child, 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. Her mother — a former carnival cowgirl — invented or caused symptoms, starved her, and shuffled her from doctor to doctor, reveling in hospital visits and the attention of medical professionals. Her goal: open heart surgery for Julie to "get to the bottom of this." Many victims of Munchausen by proxy 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 woman. Punctuated with Julie's genuine medical records, Sickened evokes the parallel universe she inhabited in prose of scathing beauty and dark humor. Isolated in their double-wide trailer, her bizarre pastel-clad, church-going, gun-waving, child-abusing family is worthy of the fiction of Stephen King. But this is also a story of hope, of courageous understanding and deep compassion — and the preservation of a woman's soul.

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?A painful but wonderfully written memoir that should create greater awareness of a bizarre disorder? Keen self-awareness, a sharp eye for details, and an original, poetic voice.? Kirkus Reviews

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?Like some Diane Arbus photograph come to life, Julie Gregory's Sickened offers us a portrait of quintessential American Disturbos in all their tender, heinous can't-look-and-can't-look-away glory. A miraculous book by a woman whose very survival is itself a miracle.? Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight

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?Set in a southern-culture-on-the-skids world reminiscent of J.T. Leroy, Sickened is written with a lyrical directness that is both riveting and horrific. Julie Gregory reminds us that those who find the courage to slay the dragons of their past and stop the cycle of abuse are the true heroes of the world.? Ann Magnuson, actress, singer, writer

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"A stunning account by a courageous woman who journeyed from the depths of hell to reclaim her own power and worth. Julie Gregory casts an extraordinary beacon of healing. You will be hearing a lot about this one.? Alan Cohen, author of I Had It All the Time

Review:

"Gripping self-disclosure by a remarkable young woman . . . Sickened will surely and finally impact the proper diagnosis and treatment of children caught in the terror of MBP." Chris Monaco, Ph.D., Director, Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline

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Synopsis:

In this fierce and lyrical memoir, Gregory takes readers inside the hidden world of child abuse called Munchausen by Proxy--with a power rivaling "Girl, Interrupted" and "A Child Called "It."

About the Author

JULIE GREGORY grew up in southern Ohio. She is now an expert writer and spokesperson on Munchausen by proxy and an advocate

in MBP cases. A graduate student in psychiatry at Sheffield University, England, she currently lives in the United States.

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Jenn, September 2, 2006 (view all comments by Jenn)
A memoir of a girl who grew up with Munchausen by proxy. There was a lot of other abuse in the home, as well. A facinating read about an interesting topic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553381979
Author:
Gregory, Julie
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Patients
Subject:
Munchausen syndrome by proxy
Subject:
Psychotherapy - Child & Adolescent
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Gregory, Julie.
Subject:
Munchausen syndrome by proxy - Patients
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
INCLUDES PHOTOS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.36x5.40x.56 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553381979 Reviews:
"Review" by , ?A painful but wonderfully written memoir that should create greater awareness of a bizarre disorder? Keen self-awareness, a sharp eye for details, and an original, poetic voice.?
"Review" by , ?Like some Diane Arbus photograph come to life, Julie Gregory's Sickened offers us a portrait of quintessential American Disturbos in all their tender, heinous can't-look-and-can't-look-away glory. A miraculous book by a woman whose very survival is itself a miracle.?
"Review" by , ?Set in a southern-culture-on-the-skids world reminiscent of J.T. Leroy, Sickened is written with a lyrical directness that is both riveting and horrific. Julie Gregory reminds us that those who find the courage to slay the dragons of their past and stop the cycle of abuse are the true heroes of the world.?
"Review" by , "A stunning account by a courageous woman who journeyed from the depths of hell to reclaim her own power and worth. Julie Gregory casts an extraordinary beacon of healing. You will be hearing a lot about this one.?
"Review" by , "Gripping self-disclosure by a remarkable young woman . . . Sickened will surely and finally impact the proper diagnosis and treatment of children caught in the terror of MBP."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , In this fierce and lyrical memoir, Gregory takes readers inside the hidden world of child abuse called Munchausen by Proxy--with a power rivaling "Girl, Interrupted" and "A Child Called "It."
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