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Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood Paperback – 30 Sep 2004
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An international and Sunday Times bestseller, this is the shocking autobiographical story of a childhood lost to a terryfyingly dangerous form of child abuse: at the hands of the victim's own mother. A must-read for fans of A Child Called ItSee all Product description
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A very hard book to read because of the relentless onslaught of terror and rage felt by the young Julie and of the craziness of the family system. There is a slight relief when Julie finally grows old enough to see her mother for who she is and subsequently save not only herself but others from her clutches.
The thing that struck me most about the book was how deftly a pathologically unstable woman managed to drag anyone she chose into her own cyclone of madness and damage them irrevocably - or have them do so to others.
The account keeps switching from the past to the present tense as Julie moves between remembering and re-living.
There are a few pointers as to what drove Julie's mother to do such a hideous thing to her own child but you probably won't feel too sorry for her.
Julie's life has consisted of x-rays, medicines, doctor's examinations and abuse at home for as long as she can remember. Is she really as sick as she has been told or could the fact that her mother refuses to be 'embarrassed' by her daughter an front of the doctor reveal more of the truth?
This book is an emotional read, but written by Julie, it tells a harrowing story of an abused child.
I recommend everyone to read this book in order to know what life is like for children whose parent has this illness.
I too had an upbringing like the author and I can assure anyone who might think some of this story unbelievable that the trauma she experienced has been similarly experienced by others.
Thankyou for making me feel I am not alone.
So enough with the preamble, and on with the plot. It was obviously written through the eyes of a young child who quietly observes the lunacies of her, at times, loving mother. Her unquestioning innocence, which gradually develops into a semi-conscious awareness of mother's fabrications, leaves for a spellbounding read. For me, the saddest parts were when the narrator expressed her terror as a child, who looks to a parent for protection and only finds abuse. This abuse either manifests itself in the form of the medical community (at times I wanted to curse those nurses and doctors for not realising, for being oblivious to a child's plea for help) or Julie's father - both are tools wielded by the mother.
I would recommend 'Sickened' to anyone still debating buying it, as I was during many tube journeys to school, to take the plunge and find out a little more about Munchausen by proxy, and the devastating effects this form of child abuse can have. Also, this should be included on the 'compulsory reading list' of any medical or social welfare establishments, simply to avoid abuse like this slipping through the fingers of the authorities time and time again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It was upsetting but very well written. I read it in a couple of days. An insight into how little we know about Munchausens by proxy.Published 4 months ago by Jennifer B.
Wish there was a follow on..... full respect support and deep gratitude for making this illness more well known..... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Helen T
Very sad but eye-opening true book. Very well written. I feel it's a book which should be read by as many people as possible in the hope that this sort of abuse can be spotted... Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2015 by R. Kincaid
I'm generally a fan of autobiographies however with this book I was constantly waiting for this book to grip me.
It never happened.
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