Some parents make their children ill for attention.
Summery: This video is video is about Munchausen by proxy. Julie Gregory (the author of Sickened) is interviewed, and tells about some of the things her mother did to her. This video also mentions about another book called "More than it Hurts you". This book is also about Munchausen by proxy.
Related to Sickened: This video is obveouly related to the book to Sickened because Julie Gregory is the one being interviewed. This video also summs up what Sicked is about. I really think this video is a great primary sorce becuase you get to see and hear Julie's story, and know that Munchausen by Proxy is a real form of child abuse. "I have got to do this right. I have ot to go back to Ohio, the heart of it all. And i have got to be as crafty as my own Munchausen by proxy mother" (Gregory 242).
Description: I chose a picture of a hospital building because; the doctor office and hospitals are the main stetting in the book Sickened.
Relation: This picture relates to the book Sickened because when Julie’s mother tells Julie that she is sick, they end up going to a hospital and/or doctor’s office. The hospital building is an important part in this story because Julie’s mother decides to convince a doctor to do a server procedure to Julie to cure her "illness". Also when Julie stays at the hospital she feels safe, loved, and comforted by the doctors and nurses. She doesn’t have to face her mom when she is I there. When Julie does visit, she can only be happy about it because she is loved and cared for there. "I love the hospital. My bed goes up and down with a clicker. Jell-O waits at my disposal. The nurses make their daily rounds, give me meds, and take my temperature...but the care and kindness makes me want to cry, and I want to stay as long as I can" (Gregory 117-118).
'When I was a little girl I believed what I was told over and over again: that I was evil, that I deserved to be tortured because I was the Devil's child . . .'
In April 2007 foster-mother Eunice Spry was sentenced to fourteen years in prison for her sadistic abuse of the children in her care. The details of her cruelty were so sickening they shocked the country. Alloma Gilbert was one of Spry's young victims, sent to live with her at the age of six and left at her mercy for eleven brutal years.
Eunice used her own twisted religious beliefs as an excuse for punishing her foster children. When she took them to live on an isolated farmhouse, the abuse escalated to terrifying levels - a stick was thrust down Alloma's throat so often it was stained red with blood, she was starved for over a year and survived only by secretly eating pigswill, and the vicious beatings were relentless. At the age of seventeen she finally escaped but, alone in the outside world, she fell prey to abusive men. It was the birth of her baby daughter that saved her, that finally taught her what love really is. Written with powerful honesty, " Deliver Me From Evil" is a moving and inspiring story of survival.
Summary: The story Deliver Me from Evil is about the struggle of a little girl living with an abusive foster-mother. Alloma Gilber is a victim of this abuse. Her foster-mother Eunice Spry taught different religious beliefs, telling Alloma that she was the Devil's child and she was evil and does not deserve any love. By age seventeen she escapes the horrible abuse that her foster-mother did to her, but living alone now Alloma falls in to trouble again. She gets caught in the prey of abusive men. Alloma doesn’t truly experience and I taught was love is until her first child was born. This is a story of a young girl struggling to escape from abusive relationships that she has to face.
Connection to the book Sickened by Julie Gregory: This book is very much similar to the book Sickened. The book "Sickened" and "Deliver Me from Evil" are both stories of two little girls, living in an abusive life. Both books have their mother/foster-mother, the ones that is the perpetrator in the relationship. Another relation between these two books is both of these girls never really had a real childhood. Because they were being abused they never had any happy memories as a kid. For Julie she had a few when her mother wasn’t worried about her being "sick", but for Alloma, she never did. "I will save the eleven-year-old girl, that next-generation replica of me. And I will do it all through the back door. Becuase my mother is not done yet; she never will be" (Gregory 244).
Summery: Medline Plus is a medical website that has information on Munchausen syndrome. This article shows that causes, symptoms, treatment, complications, and even when to contact a medical profession. This article is a good source to read when learning about or finding more information about Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Relation to Sickened: This website information is related to the book Sickened because Julie has some of the symptoms that are stated on this website. Another reason why this website is related to Sickened are the causes that are stated, some of the things that Julie's mother did to her were similar to what are the causes on this website. "They just did tests, never questioned any of it. I have all the missing parts of the truth. It was her all along. The pieces are flying through me, trying to slide into their rightful places so I can put it together. I do not want to know. It was my sacrifice to keep her alive. I do not want to know. So I could stay alive. I do not want to know. If she died, I died. Know" (Gregory 197).
Summary: This article is about Munchausen syndrome. This is a psychiatric disorder that leads to "individual to self-inflict injury or illness or to fabricate symptoms of physical or mental illness in order to receive medical care or hospitalization." Another form of Munchausen syndrome is called "Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), the primary caretaker, typically the mother, intentionally causes or fabricates illness in a child or other person under her care." People that have Munchausen syndrome feel the need to step into the patient role; they normally do it for attention, dependency, or feel they need to suffer. "Factors that may predispose an individual to Munchausen's include a serious illness in childhood or an existing personality disorder."
Relation to "Sickened": This article relates to the book Sickened because the condition that Julies mother has is Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), which is another form of Munchausen. In the story when Julie and her mother would visit a doctor’s office, Julies mom would tell her what part of her body hurts, and tells her to stay quiet and let her do the talking for Julie. "Now, we're going to tell Dr. Phillips about the dull pains in your head, right about," she presses her fingers into my skull, trying to find them, "here." She squeezes hard to remind me what they feel like. "Now I don't want any kind of fiasco like we had last time okay?" "Okay." "I’m the mom: I know what's going on here. So if he asks you questions, you just let me answer" (Gregory 29). From reading the definition of MSBP Julies mom had many of these symptoms of MSBP. She took Julie to several different doctors a day, and her attitude towards the doctors seemed that she was seeking for attention.
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 not ruin her plans.
Summary: Sickened is a true story about how a young girl's mother controls her life by trying to make her ill. She has a younger brother Daniel, a father and a mother. Daniel was born healthy and happy. But according to Julie's mother, Julie is not one bit healthy. So Julies mother becomes determined to do whatever it takes to have her little girl healthy again. "In a world of blood drawn and test tubes shoved and veins seared with needles, of meds and headaches and missing school, of flunking and sneaking off to the nurses' office when another test comes up, how long before you start to help them find the cause?" (Gregory 113). The thing is Julie is fine, she is actually more than fine but her mother will go to the extreme to find out why Julie is so sick, even if she has to take Julie out of school to go to visit several doctors that will test Julie and not question her mother. Julie must keep her mouth shut about all of this, but she knows the truth, and in this story Julie struggles to escape from the horrible things that her mother has planned for her. "It was usually after Mom slipped the little white pill under my tongue that my migraines got worse" (Gregory 120). Julie's story is more than a struggle because, her mother had started taking her to doctors at such a young age Julie soon begins to think she is very sick. In the book Sickened Julie tells her story of all her doctor trips, her life at home, and the life her mother had before she had Julie. So Julie must try to separate the truth and lies that her mother tells her, to keep herself alive.
Review: I really enjoyed the book Sickened by Julie Gregory. This book really caught my eye from the start. All of the stories and memories that Julie tells in this book are amazing in detail but quit sad. When I would read about all of the doctor trips her mom took her to, and the way her mother spoke to her made my heart ache. I didn’t really understand how someone could get any joy of taking their child to the hospital, three or four times a week. By reading farther into the story you find out why her mother does this to Julie. Even when Julie would talk about memories when she was at home, she never really had a true childhood. Her family was moving all the time, and Julie didn’t attend school very much because of all of the doctor visits. This book was so good! Even though this book is about a lost childhood, Julie Gregory describes her story so well that reader gets sucked in on reading her story.
Theme/Moral of the Story: The main theme of this story is to stand up for your self when you know things aren’t right for you. Even though her mom controled Julie for a long time during her childhood, she soon realizes that what her mother is doing isn’t right. So she stands up for herself even if she has to face some consequences. Standing up for yourself for your own safety takes a lot of strength. In the end if you do stand your ground, it could even save your life.
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