Vicki's Reviews > Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

Sickened by Julie Gregory
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May 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: biography-memior

I'm not all that into memoirs. I thought that I had given them up as one of the most boring, self-absorbed genre's of literature ever. The subject matter of this book, however, caught me. It seemed different from the regular "my life was so horrible" books, and far different from the "women traveling and seeming to talk about traveling while really talking about men" books. I had heard of Munchausen by Proxy, but I didn't know much about it. This book enlightened me, and I found it very interesting.

It was very depressing. I knew that it would be, so that didn't really bother me. I was prepared. Gregory truly had an awful childhood. This isn't just Munchausen by Proxy. This is abuse of so many other kinds. What really impressed me was the way that much of the story is told through her eyes as a child, before she knew that there was any such thing as Munchausen by Proxy. After the introduction, it doesn't mention Munchausen by Proxy at all until the age at which she finds out about it herself. The first image that caught me was her mom feeding her "lollipops" at the age of three or so. Only when you get further on in the description do you realize that they are actually matches. These kinds of things were very interesting. You almost wanted to scream for the poor child to wake up and realize what was happening to her. Overall, I thought that this was an interesting book about a psychological disease that I knew little about.

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