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Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Sickened--- Ironic!

After reading this book, I had a life changing epiphany on my interpretation of the world as a whole. I didn't take into account that a disease such as Munchausen by Proxy existed amongst us. I had always pictured abuse as phyisical, but I was off. Munchausen by Proxy i...
After reading this book, I had a life changing epiphany on my interpretation of the world as a whole. I didn't take into account that a disease such as Munchausen by Proxy existed amongst us. I had always pictured abuse as phyisical, but I was off. Munchausen by Proxy is the disease her mother had (often the mother would be the one to have it) but this disease had been excruciatingly emotionally scarring for Julie. I had sympathy toward her the entire book. She had no help within her family. Her dad would sit there with the TV remote in his hand almost shoo-ing her away. Her grandmother would assist Julie's mother in ways that are just..paiful to imagine happening. Given many "headache healers", she needed to be hospitalized yet AGAIN! If one doctor wasn't finding something wrong, she'd be taken to the next. Julie survives through this and grows up with successful recovery. This book is truly inspirational and I believe many should read this to become aware of what could be the reality within your society.

posted by Lexie-L on November 3, 2011

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Interesting point of view

I bought this book expecting a detailed story. However that was not the case. While the story itself is very interesting, the way it's written is pretty bland. I would have expected more detail from a story that is so well documented... Not really worth the money...

posted by Anonymous on December 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Cruel

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    blah

    just could not get into this book, didn't finish it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2011

    Confusing, wrong on many basic facts, misleading - Zero stars

    I am really confused after reading this. What "operations" did the writer receive other than a nose job? There is a lot of focus on the cardiac cath which is a procedure, involving small incisions, not an operation. What doctor would suggest "open heart sugery" to this patient? It is not called that anymore.. .there are more specific names and it is done to correct an identifiable problem. Psychologists don't prescribe medication so the whole scene with the Indian doc seems fake. How did this friendless woman move huge studio mirrors into a farmhouse alone? These mirrors are huge and expensive, not usually left for salvage. It also bothered me that she now calls herself a graduate student in psychiatry...psychology maybe, but psychiatry is a branch of medicine, practiced by doctors (M.D. or D.O.) not graduate students. And the naked horse riding scene.. what is a "delicious slump?" Yuck.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Not all it's made out to be

    There are major problems with Sickened. Early stages of fact checking show there are fabricated passages, as there were in James Frey's A Million Little Pieces. These have been referred to the publishers Random House who say this is now a legal matter and admit there are factual errors in Sickened: 'We will make appropriate correction to the text in the next printing of Sickened to address those facts about your family history that you have shown to be incorrect.', they say in a letter to Sandy Gregory-Parocai dated 26th April 2006. However, they do not accept responsibility for the factual errors, saying: ' ... it is important to recognize that Julie did not invent any of these facts. She learned them from the stories you repeatedly told her during her childhood. If she got any of these facts wrong about your family history, your mother, her husbands, your early years, and the circumstances and incidents in your first marriage, it is because you provided the information to her in the first place.' And additionally the letter says: '... that there are errors in Julie¿s retelling of your family history in no way detracts from the accuracy of Julie¿s memoir of her own life and experiences.' Is it ironic perhaps, that a book which is all about allegations of fabrication by the mother simply repeats what she is alleged to have told the daughter about her family history, without saying that's what it was, or checking against documentary evidence (as I did with the full co-operation of the mother and none from the daughter and publisher)? The letter concludes: '... we remain confident that the story she tells in Sickened is a true and honest portrayal of her childhood.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

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