Sickened

by Julie Gregory

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What can a 12 year old child do when her mother suggests open-heart surgery ‘to get to the bottom’ of an illness that she has created in her own mind? A shocking personal view of Munchhausen’s by Proxy.

Sickened Synopsis

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's tall, skinny, and weak. It's 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 notruin her plans.


From early childhood, Julie Gregory 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, but Julie Gregory not only survived, she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, healthy young woman.

Sickened Press Reviews

‘'A terrific writer, she keeps us aghast as the helpless girl is dragged from one specialist to another…. It is an appalling, fascinating story, expertly told.'
The Sunday Times


'… a brave, passionate and horrifying memoir…. This is a true story of survival and achievement against the odds, and it is not over yet."
The Sunday Telegraph


'… gut-wrenching stuff… Gregory has had the courage to look at what happened to her and to say, "Enough; the cycle of misery stops here."'
The Telegraph

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ISBN: 9780099557623
Publication date: 30/09/2004
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780099557623
Publication date: 30th September 2004
Author: Julie Gregory
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, The Real World,
Categories: Biography: general,

About Julie Gregory

Julie Gregory grew up in southern Ohio. She is now an expert writer and spokesperson on Munchausen by proxy and an advocate in MBP cases. Julie is a graduate student in psychiatry at Sheffield University.

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