Pathological liars – do you know any?
I have known about Belle Gibson, a pathological liar, for a while now but never thought too deeply about her story until I watched the 60 minutes story last week. Check out the story here:
After reading a post from one of my favourite bloggers Amy @ Handbag Mafia, I began to think more deeply about how the words of a pathological liar can alter someones life.
When I was 5 years old, I was diagnosed with bone cancer. It was an aunty who noticed my face (which was naturally very chubby at the time), appeared to be lopsided. After many tests, many needles, 2 different hospitals and different specialists, I was finally diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in my jaw bone. I remember being in the Royal Children’s Hospital crying because the boys in my room had fish & chips for lunch and I had to eat this disgusting looking grey soup (later I found out it was mushroom soup).
I was one of the lucky ones as my beautiful Mum listened to the specialist (actually not the first one because they thought my growing jaw was due to my teeth – so they removed them but mum’s instincts told her there was more to it) and I am now healthy with 4 beautiful children of my own.
But what if mum listened to a pathological liar like Belle Gibson – would I be here today to tell my story? This is something I cannot answer but it gets me angry when people who tell such extreme lies, only to benefit themselves and with no regard to anyone else, and still have the cheek to blame someone else.
When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness – whether it is terminal or not, you are VULNERABLE. You are in shock, you are desperate, you are emotionally fragile. All it can take is a strong, inspiring story about someone who has beaten the odds by simply going back to eat the way mother nature intended us to, and it is easy to see why people can and did fall under the spell of this pathological liar.
She lied about her cancer.
She lied about her doctors.
She lied about her recovery.
She lied about her upbringing.
She even lied about her age.
And because she is such a good pathological liar, society took her in their arms to protect her (like a mother does when their 5-year-old is diagnosed with cancer), and supported her every step of the way. By supporting this pathological liar, she has made a fortune. Her book – The Whole Pantry is a fantastic book and has some great recipes and ideas on a healthy way to eat.
BUT and I say BUT – if she didn’t out herself with brain cancer to gather a sympathetic audience, her book would be like so many other brilliant healthy eating books out there, not earning the author anything like she has. My personal trainer, Dotti Peck @ Bayside Bodyfit – could run rings around this woman when it comes to clean healthy eating but she is not a pathological liar and happily she is extremely healthy.
Little white lies can slowly grow into life’s reality, and in the process can actually caused irreparable damage.
Do you know a someone who struggles to tell the truth?