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Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood (2003)

de Julie Gregory

Altres autors: Marc D. Feldman (Pròleg)

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The author describes growing up as the victim of Munchausen by proxy, a form of child abuse in which her mother invented or caused a series of illnesses and ailments, and her struggle to escape her mother's problems to rebuild her life. 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 is tall, skinny, and weak. It is 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. From early childhood, the author 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 the author not only survived, she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, healthy young woman. This 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 her 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 naivete of medical professionals and social workers. It also exposes the twisted bonds of terror and love that roped her 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 her 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. This memoir takes us to new places in the human heart and spirit. It is an unforgettable story, unforgettably told.… (més)
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While I feel badly about what this poor girl endured, I didn't particularly like this book. I just didn't think it was all that well-written and I had a very hard time getting into it. ( )
  thatnerd | Mar 2, 2024 |
This book was fascinating read. Gregory in very plain language explains her childhood, from the point of view of a child. Others have criticized that the ways in which Gregory's parents have abused her are not made explicitly clear by the book, but what makes Sickened such a powerful memoir is that it is written from Gregory's point of view, and therefore all along the reader is left equally in the dark as Gregory herself as to what is actually wrong with her, versus what is inflicted upon her by her parents. Gregory's slow realization that she is, indeed being abused is both the turning point and the most poignant part of the book. ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
It wasn't explicitly bad, but it really wasn't good, either. The writing itself was really unremarkable and the story, while interesting if this were a news article, was dragged out for no reason. In theory, the medical records that she included were a good touch, but I couldn't actually read most of them and the ones I could read weren't very interesting (they just said things along the lines of "patient's test was normal" or "patient has heart issues"). It was a fast read but not a good one. I also thought that she spent too much time repeating the same story and then sped through things I would have liked to know more about. I don't want this to come across as cold-- I really do feel for the author. But I also can't rate a memoir for its story-- I have to evaluate it as a novel, and as a novel, it wasn't good. If this were fiction, it would be one star. ( )
  ninagl | Jan 7, 2023 |
This was a fast and simple read, definitely a page-turner, I read it in two sittings.
If this book had been fiction I would have expected more depth, but it wasn't. It was as life usually is for the majority of us, quite flat and simple. The difference being, in Sickened, there was added terrible child abuse.
Sickened has short to the point chapters which gave me the feeling I was reading a diary.
Parts of the book were paced too fast. I would have liked to have found out more, especially towards the end.
All in all a good read and solid 3* ( )
1 vota Lee_reads | Jul 22, 2020 |
This is the most disturbing account of child abuse that I have ever come across. Growing up, the author was a victim of abuse and neglect from her mother who suffered from Munchausen by Proxy, which meant that as a child her mother believed her to be sick and even tried to make her sick. It is unbelievable that the medical community went along with her for so long and that it was so hard for Gregory to make an escape. Harrowing but fascinating reading. ( )
  Jane-Phillips | Apr 16, 2019 |
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(Foreward) Munchausen By Proxy may be the single most complex--and lethal-- form of maltreatment known today.

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The author describes growing up as the victim of Munchausen by proxy, a form of child abuse in which her mother invented or caused a series of illnesses and ailments, and her struggle to escape her mother's problems to rebuild her life. 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 is tall, skinny, and weak. It is 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. From early childhood, the author 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 the author not only survived, she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, healthy young woman. This 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 her 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 naivete of medical professionals and social workers. It also exposes the twisted bonds of terror and love that roped her 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 her 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. This memoir takes us to new places in the human heart and spirit. It is an unforgettable story, unforgettably told.

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