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Read about a mothers betrayal to her child.
on 18 October 2005
The book I am going to highly recommend is 'sickened', an autobiography and international bestseller written by Julie Gregory. The book is based in the true events of a young girls harsh upbringing and the pain and unnecessary visits to the hospitals and clinics that her mother enforced on her.
Ever since Julie Gregory can imagine she has been examined, x-rayed and operated on for no other reason than that her mother was an obsessive child abuser with a condition scarcely known as Munchausen by proxy. M b p or Munchausen syndrome is when the sufferers feign or produces illness within themselves or some one close to them in order to gain a sense of sympathy, nurturance and the control over others.
The book is a compelling, fascinating account of what can happen to a child being misused by her mother and the trust she beheld is so degraded. Julies childhood has been that of unbelievable, the book allows you to follow through the steps of her life, from the day she was first subjected to this atrocious abuse to the very courageous moments she turned her life around.
As a reader it is hard to believe that the disgusting stories within this book are actually true and that such a small vulnerable child was subject to such pain and suffering but what baffles and angers you the most is the fact that the mother gets away with this for so long.
I strongly advise anyone who likes to read emotive books to give 'sickened' the benefit of the doubt, reading this book it will awaken your awareness of how sadly easy it is for people who have the disorder m b p to manipulate and abuse themselves and others around them. This book is a harsh yet eye-awakening account of the unbelievable ways in which such a young girl can have her childhood stole by her very own mother!!