Sunday, October 7, 2007

My Author

So far in this section the same crazy things are happening to Julie Gregory. Only this time I see how she is so much stronger than her mother. Her mother was having another epic fight with her father. Julie’s mom came into her room and sat on the edge of her bed. It was dark, but Julie could still see the gun her mother had aimed and ready to shoot in her mouth. Julie once again had to attempt to save her mother. While trying to get the gun away from her mom’s mouth, she learns that her mother was molested as a young girl and she said that her mom knew it was happening. Maybe this is the reason for why Julie’s mom treats her in such a manner. At the last doctor appointment her mother told them Julie wasn’t going to the bathroom and they had to shove a tube in her urethra and inject iodine in her arm. Julie ended up having an allergic reaction and got a massive headache. Her mother was so pleased and told her to take a double dose of medicine for her headache. Julie ended up passing out and that’s where I left off.

About my author:
Julie Gregory was born on May 16, 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. She is the author of the memoir I’m reading, Sickened. As a child she suffered through Munchausen by proxy (MBP) abuse. Julie’s mom often took her to doctors, coaching her to act sicker than she was, making this girl's imaginary illnesses worse. Her mother fed her based on foods a doctor had said Gregory shouldn't have, gave her medicines she should not have had, sometimes in double doses, and gave her physical labor to fill her day. Julie’s mom became upset with a doctor who wouldn't perform open heart surgery on her daughter. Julie also endured physical and emotional abuse by her father. Julie’s father beat her across the head with his belt and forced Julie to eat old used tissues. So the Munchausen by proxy was not the only form of abuse Julie went through. She’s a graduate student at the University of Sheffield, in England, and she currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. Julie’s an expert writer and spokesperson on MBP and an advocate in Munchausen by proxy cases.

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