For non-clickers, this article is about Belle Gibson, founder of the Wellness App called The Whole Pantry, and her admission that she was never ever suffering from brain cancer. A major purpose of her app was to eschew traditional cancer treatment in favour of her 'wellness' recommendations.
I read this article yesterday and was incredulous. I felt angry that she isn't being charged by Vic Police for misappropriation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds earned from the app that she had pledged to charities.
I felt angry for the countless sufferers who may have rejected medical advice in favour of emulating the 'miraculous' life Belle was able to live, and the impact on their wellbeing. Who knows how many deaths she is going to be responsible for?
Today I have reread this article. I know it is claimed she is suffering from Munchausen's, but after reading this quotation:
“I am still jumping between what I think I know and what is reality. I have lived it and I’m not really there yet,” she told the magazine.
“I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it, that it’s just easier to assume [I’m lying].
“If I don’t have an answer, then I will sort of theorise it myself and come up with one. I think that’s an easy thing to often revert to if you don’t know what the answer is.”
So, now I'm undecided as to whether she is a sociopath who has become seriously adept at lying and is now trying to position herself as a victim, or whether she is seriously mentally ill.
If she is so ill maybe she *should* escape charges? I don't know. I can't bear the thought of their being nothing substantial of consequence though, apart from I guess the large scale humiliation and damage to her close relationships.
I don't understand pretending to have cancer. I think it is a despicable and sickening betrayal.