Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood - Julie Gregory I picked this book up at the library yesterday afternoon and finished it in the same day. It was a fascinating and terrifying story that I didn't want to put down.Julie Gregory, in a bold voice, tells the story of her life as a victim of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy. Much is written about the parents who perpetrate this particular type of abuse, but little is said about the children who experience it (many of whom die).Gregory is obviously writing from the perspective of someone who comes to recognize what has happened to her -- of one who realizes that she is not, in fact, an ill person but a victim of horrible child abuse. Her first person account, coupled with reproductions of the childhood medical records she obtained, draw a picture of a family whose dysfunction centered on the mother and the dire actions she would take to obtain attention and approval at any cost.Not to be missed by those who wish to understand this unfortunately common, but poorly understood, illness and the victims thereof.