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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Sept. 28 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553381970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553381979
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A painful but wonderfully written memoir that should create greater awareness of a bizarre disorder… Keen self-awareness, a sharp eye for details, and an original, poetic voice.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“This story of unfathomable child abuse is told with remarkable wit, compassion, and courage. It’s a work of beauty from a beast of a childhood.”
--Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors and Dry

“Like some Diane Arbus photograph come to life, Julie Gregory's Sickened offers us a portrait of quintessential American Disturbos in all their tender, heinous can't-look-and-can't-look-away glory. A miraculous book by a woman whose very survival is itself a miracle.”
--Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight

“Set in a southern-culture-on-the-skids world reminiscent of J.T. Leroy, Sickened is written with a lyrical directness that is both riveting and horrific. Julie Gregory reminds us that those who find the courage to slay the dragons of their past and stop the cycle of abuse are the true heroes of the world.”
--Ann Magnuson, actress, singer, writer

"A stunning account by a courageous woman who journeyed from the depths of hell to reclaim her own power and worth. Julie Gregory casts an extraordinary beacon of healing. You will be hearing a lot about this one.”
--Alan Cohen, author of I Had It All the Time

"A born storyteller with perfect pitch, Julie Gregory guides the reader through this surreal form of cruelty, in which the ultimate weapon is the scalpel, with originality, gusto and heart-stopping courage."
--Sylvia Fraser, author of My Father's House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing

"Gripping self-disclosure by a remarkable young woman . . . Sickened will surely and finally impact the proper diagnosis and treatment of children caught in the terror of MBP."
--Chris Monaco, Ph.D., Director, Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline

“This searing and beautiful memoir represents a genuine triumph
of the human spirit.”
--Marc D. Feldman, M.D.


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About the Author

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. A graduate student in psychiatry at Sheffield University, England, she currently lives in the United States.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24 2004
Format: Paperback
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The darkness that permeates SICKENED: A MEMOIR is riveting. There is not the detachment of watching a car wreck. Rather, we feel the tortured confusion of the young girl convinced by her mother that she is ill despite being healthy. What is only now becoming clear in our society is that child abuse is not always a physical act. It is not even a malicious act. It can take so many forms. SICKENED is a unique book not only because of the unique type of abuse it chronicles, but because as a reader you really do feel the turmoil. It is the kind of writing that captures you, pulls you in, and doesn't let go. Rarely can writers accomplish this, particularly in the area of abuse chronicles. That is why the few exceptions (MY FRACTURED LIFE, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, NIGHTMARES ECHO, and SICKENED) are such riveting books that you really can't get enough of. As someone who reads several books a week, I consider myself lucky when I find just one that hits with the impact of SICKENED, MY FRACTURED LIFE, NIGHTMARES ECHO, or RUNNING WITH SCISSORS. To have found four is true opulence.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sam & Jane on March 19 2007
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It's hard to know where to start with this book--describing it. On one hand, it's totally unbelievable, yet on the other, I know these things happen. The story is, sadly, nothing that new; we've seen it before in some form or another in the likes of Dave Pelzer with his "A Child Called It," which just destroyed me, or the novel "Bark of the Dogwood" which is, believe it or not, at times funny. But "Sickened," while it is often spoken in the same breath as those books, is different. It deals with MBP syndrome and the mother is really the sick one in this horrifying tale of control and other issues. For those not familiar with MBP, it involves a parent usually making the child sick, or at least claiming that the child is so, in order to get attention for themselves. In this case the mother was willing to have open heart surgery on her daughter just to "get to the bottom of what the problem was." Somebody should have done the surgery on her (the mother) in the head.

If you're easily put off by both physical medical issues and serious psychological ones, you might want to pass on this book. If, however, you want to read a riveting memoir of just how twisted parents can be, then you've come to the right place. Would also recommend the books "A Child Called it," by Dave Pelzer, "Bark of the Dogwood" and "A Man Named Dave," for equally involved reads.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy Fudge on April 25 2007
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It's very rare to find an autobiography about a traumatic childhood that's not contrived, boring, or self-indulgent, but this story by Julie Gregory is not your typical "re-hash" of the early years gone bad. It reminded me of Alice Sebold's "Lucky" - the author manages to take you through her journey of a life with a munchausen by proxy mother without desperately trying to gain sympathy, and yet I felt compelled from the beginning to root for her success. For anyone who enjoys a true personal story, I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 17 2004
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Through the horrowing details of the painful childhood, of going without food, and hustled from one Doctor to another....you would think that this child would have climbed in to an inner shell and never stepped back out to the light of day. Instead, what you find is inspiration. A child that realizes what is happening and takes the steps slowly to push away from the painful past and start her life anew. Amazing book.
Also recommended: Nightmares Echo, Paper Life
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9 2005
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We often ask ourselves "what would make someone act like that?" when we see a mentally or emotionally disturbed individual acting out in abusive ways. However, we rarely ask what the effect will be on the child of such a person.
"Sickened" is a book that answers that secondary question under the most brutal of emotional circumstances in which a child does not know they are being abused, in fact they are taught to believe they are being guarded. I cannot do justice to describing the disease depicted in the pages of "Sickened," I leave that to the author. But the short line depiction is that a parent subjects a healthy child to a lifetime of believing they are chronically sick, and the emotional scars that ensue.
Readers will most equate "Sickened" with "My Fractured Life" and "Nightmares Echo" in the depiction of both the abuse of parents upon their children and the long lasting affects thereof. The capture point that creates such an inherent bond with the reader is that these authors employ a literary approach of memoir reflection and storyline flow, steering away from clinical analysis and statistical data. The openness draws us in, the raw ness hypnotizes. The experience is life changing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dionne Paul on May 16 2009
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"Sickened" is written in delicious prose that draw you closer to the malicious mind of a mother who is backed with an unspoken paternal consent for long term and consistant child abuse in a deviously constructed sadistic environment.

Julie Gregory fills your mind with undeniable images that cling to you from page to page. Gregory's description give a panoramic view from the point of view of an incarcerated child. She makes your heart ache, she makes you laugh and she leaves you with a glimmer of hope.
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