She Was Imprisoned By Her Mother for 24 Years Until the Unthinkable Happened
This is Gypsy Rose. She had a tragic life and suffered years of tortures, all at the hands of the person closest to her – really, the only person she had in her life. Though she suffered in silence and near isolation, anger was boiling up inside. After years of abuse, she was pushed to the edge and did the unthinkable. Everything that everyone thought they knew about her was turned upside-down in an instant. But what happened? And how is her mother related? Read on to find out.
A Beautiful, Healthy Baby
Gypsy Rose Blancharde came into the world on came into the world on July 27, 1991 in Louisiana. Her parents were separated at the time of her birth. Gypsy’s father, Rod, was only 17 and still in high school at the time when Dee Dee, then 24, got pregnant and they decided to marry. However, only months into their marriage, things went sour and the two ended up divorcing. This left little Gypsy mainly in the care of her mother.
Rod tried to be as involved as he could in his daughter’s upbringing, but after the age of 10, Dee Dee made sure that this would not be the case. Dee Dee was different than most parents and as soon as her daughter was born, she began making outrageous claims.
Dee Dee Blancharde Growing Up
Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blancharde grew up in Lafourche Parish Louisiana. The relationship with her family was heavily strained. Her own father, Claude Pitre, described her just as “ok.” Another relative remembered young Dee Dee as being a “really weird girl” and said she may have been bipolar or had multiple personality disorder. Even worse, several relatives allege that Dee Dee killed her own mother by slowly starving her to death, and even attempted to kill her stepmother with rat poison.
As an adult, she had worked for a time as a nurse’s aide and was well-versed in medical subjects. Though she was known for her big smile and penchant for wearing a big silver cross necklace, it turns out that this woman had a sick fascination with watching the suffering of her own family, be it her mother or even her own daughter.
According to her mother, a litany of illnesses plagued little Gypsy. From the start, she was assigning illnesses to her baby before a doctor could even have the chance to examine her. Gypsy was a shallow breather, so Dee Dee insisted to doctors that she had serious sleep apnea. When Dee Dee saw her daughter’s eyes flicker in her sleep, she started saying that Gypsy had a vision disorder.
The claims kept getting more serious. When she wasn’t fighting leukemia, she was battling epilepsy. Dee Dee made sure that her daughter had a feeding tube and put her in a wheelchair because of supposed Muscular Dystrophy. She would insist to Gypsy that it wasn’t healthy for her to walk. Then, Gypsy was given anti-Seizure medication because Dee Dee told doctors she had seizures every few months. Why would Gypsy think to doubt her loving mother and caretaker?
What Was Wrong with Gypsy?
When doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with Gypsy, Dee Dee would insist that her daughter had a chromosomal defect and then find a new doctor, unaware of their history. They lived in public housing while Gypsy was in and out of different children’s hospitals. Things changed completely in 2005 when their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Dee Dee conveniently told doctors that all of Gypsy’s medical records had been destroyed in the storm.
The pair went to a special needs shelter for help and that was where they met a sympathetic doctor, Janet Jordan. Dr. Jordan suggested that they make a big move to Missouri. This story caught the attention of the media and several charities, who flew the Blanchardes to a new home in Missouri before they were given a brand new Habitat For Humanity home in Springfield, Mo. They were away from their past and could question the health claim anymore.
Life as a Very Sick Girl
Indeed, the whole world seemed to revolve around Gypsy Blancharde, even as she grew into a young woman. She was forced to be carted about via wheelchair, always surrounded by nurses and medical personnel convinced her life was nearing its end. What’s more, her mother shaved her head, since she said it was going to fall out anyway and wanted to keep it neat. As a result, Gypsy often went out wearing wigs, hats, and bandanas.
She wore big glasses that overpowered her small face. Her high pitched voice matched her innocent look. Gypsy’s mother insisted that even walking was bad for her health. As far as anyone was concerned, poor Gypsy was frail and destined to life her life in a bed or a wheelchair.
The Only Escape From A World of Isolation
When she wasn’t at the hospital, Gypsy spent most of her time in their Habitat For Humanity home. She was always home schooled because Dee Dee claimed her daughter was too weak to go to school. She was never given to opportunity to make friends, even from those also in a similar situation. Perhaps most puzzlingly, however, were the home’s blacked-out windows, hiding Gypsy from the outside world. For fun, though, Gypsy liked to dress up in costumes and wigs and even attended Science Fiction conventions — always with mother by her side.
The house was equipped with a number of special features, such as a long ramp so Gypsy could easily come and go as needed for her many doctor appointments and hospital stays. It was also had with a Jacuzzi that would help Gypsy soothe her allegedly sore and damaged muscles. That is how Dee Dee preferred it.
Because of Gypsy’s supposed frail condition and slew of medical needs, her connection to the outside world was limited to friends and neighbors, with Dee Dee by their side at all times. A computer was Gypsy’s only connection with the outside world. Her life revolved around hospital visits, severe chemotherapy treatments which made her even weaker, and then going back home to their dark home.
Their situation grabbed the hearts of all who met the Blanchardes, who to all appearances seemed to be an inseparable, loving mother-daughter duo. But as it turns out, everything was a lie. Despite Dee Dee’s years of claims, Gypsy wasn’t sick at all!
The Real Cause of Her Illness
Gypsy really was sick, but not from a genetic defect or from a legitimate disease—from motherly abuse. In reality, the medications Dee Dee insisted that her daughter take caused the very problems that made doctors think Gypsy was extremely sick. The strong medications and painful treatments such as chemotherapy kept up the charade, wreaking havoc on Gypsy’s body for no reason at all. They caused her hair to fall out and for her teeth to decay.
Behind closed doors, Gypsy knew her mother wasn’t truthful about her situation. She was a prisoner to the lies her mother had woven, and she knew her mother wouldn’t let her to tell anyone what was really going on.
Dee Dee’s Mental Disorder
What overcomes a person to force their child into a world of pointless pain, sickness and unnecessary medical procedures? It has been speculated that Dee Dee had a rare condition called Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy. People with this condition go to great lengths to make their child or loved one sick. They thrive off the attention, even though it is directed at their child and even though it causes serious pain. Plain and simple, it is abuse.
Such was the case with Dee Dee, who became such a skillful manipulator that even the deceit came to seem like reality. She lived in a world in which her daughter ailed endlessly. She thrived off the sympathy from others, as well as the endless gifts and trips.
Gifts, Trips and Lots of Sympathy
No one can turn a blind eye to the illnesses that Gypsy was said to be suffering from, nor from the difficult monetary situation. As a result, Gypsy and Dee Dee received many gifts from generous organizations and sympathetic onlookers who wanted so bad to help. In addition to getting a new, free home in Missouri and an airlift to get there, there were many more gifts. Over the years, they were even treated to several Disney vacations.
On another occasion, the Make-A-Wish Foundation even stepped in and arranged specially for singer Miranda Lambert to meet Gypsy personally. These gifts only served to feed Dee Dee’s Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy and make it stronger.
Under Constant Watch
In photos, Dee Dee and Gypsy always appeared to be happy and share an unbreakable bond. But by taking a closer look, one can clearly see that in every photo, Dee Dee is holding onto Gypsy – a grasp as tight as the control she exercised over every aspect of Gypsy’s life. In one photo, they embrace lovingly with a small dog nestled between them. In another, Gypsy and Dee smile wistfully, clad in vibrant costumes that became her only outlet for fun.
It was all a façade. Gypsy was being forced to play along with this charade and do whatever her mother said, otherwise she would have even the most minimal of her freedoms taken away. Her mother reigned over every aspect of her life and she had nowhere to turn for help.
No matter how hard a person may try to hold up a lie, eventually it unravels and that was what was slowly starting to happen. In 2009, when Gypsy was 18, an anonymous person reported concerns that Gypsy was not the ill girl her mother made her out to be and that she may be in danger. Two of the most damning pieces of evidence? One, Gypsy’s medical record, which were was vague at best. The information it contained was riddled with inconsistencies.
The second clue was the fact that doctors had never given a clear diagnosis of what Gypsy was said to be suffering from. All of it was a claim on top of a claim and it was starting to crumble under the weight of lies.
Dee Dee’s Explanation
Naturally, when questioned about her daughter’s spotty history, Dee Dee became incredibly defensive and uncertain. Her explanation for the inconsistencies seemed plausible enough: Gypsy’s records were lost in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina. On top of the destruction wreaked by the treacherous storm, Dee Dee also claimed they were lost while trying to escape from their abusive family and her supposedly deadbeat ex-husband. Not only did all this uphold lie behind Gypsy’s health it also helped garner more sympathy.
When questioned about specific medical issues, Dee Dee always seemed to be ready with a perfectly-formed reason. Still, though she had somewhat of a medical background from the days when she worked as a nurse’s aide, she was no expert by any means.
Gypsy’s Online Secret
Gypsy was trapped alone with nobody in whom she could confide—at least not in person. She was strictly monitored, even when sitting with other people. The constraints weighed heavily on Gypsy as time went on and she was pushed to the edge.
In her desperation, she turned to the internet without her mother’s knowledge. There, the world was at her fingertips for the first time. She could learn about anything and explore her interests, which included boys. And that’s when things start taking a turn for the worst.
How Old Was Gypsy?
Due to the web of lies, Gypsy didn’t know her own age. Dee Dee told everyone that her daughter had suffered brain damage and therefore had the mind of a seven year old. When she was 23, Gypsy thought she was only 18.
Furthermore, Dee Dee would get upset if people treated her daughter anything like a real person and not like a frail invalid. Despite her mother’s best attempts to hold her back physically, she could not hold back the smart mind that her daughter possessed inside. She realized that there was not anything wrong with her, but was too afraid to counter her mom up front or to others. Despite the total manipulation and abuse over the years, Gypsy outsmarted it all.
A Hidden Online Life
Little did Dee Dee know, Gypsy harbored many secrets. Her closest friend was a neighbor’s daughter, Aleah. Of course, Dee Dee monitored their interactions very closely But that did not stop Gypsy from reaching out to Aleah via Facebook through a fake account she created using the alias Emma Rose. Indeed, while her mother slept, she went behind her back, living a secret life online, far away from the world of illness.
Online, she was not an extremely ill girl with a child-like mind. On the internet, she explored a dream life where she was a normal young woman with normal desires, who had friends, normal social interactions and several online boyfriends.
The Real Gypsy Rose
Her Facebook account wasn’t the only big secret Gypsy kept form her mother. It turned out that beneath the cute costumes and hospital gowns dwelled a woman who hungered for the real human interaction. She wanted it more than anything else and she would do just about anything to break free of her mother’s suffocating shackles. Even a tiny hint about what went on would have immediately sent the charade about Gypsy crashing down.
Thus, Gypsy started talking with a man named Nicholas Godejohn. She met him on a Christian dating site and already they dreamed together of a life in which they raised children of their own, no longer bound to wheelchair, and most of all, far away from Dee Dee. It seemed like it would soon become possible.
Her Only Friend
Gypsy confided in Aleah, telling her all about her special man and the life she longed to live with him. “I’m 18. Nick…is 24,” she wrote to her friend in 2014. As mentioned before, Dee Dee lied to her daughter about her age. Although Gypsy was 23, she still thought she was 18. Both Gypsy and Aleah knew they had to approach this situation with caution. In the past, Dee Dee had discovered chat logs between her daughter and Aleah that greatly concerned her.
She blamed Aleah for being a “bad influence” on Gypsy and as a result tightened the reins on her daughter’s freedom. She took away her daughter’s access to the computer and phone. With everything stacked against her, Gypsy still managed to find away her mother’s attempts to tighten control.
Gypsy did not let her mother’s watchful eye stop her whatsoever. She still managed to sneak in computer time to communicate with Aleah while her mother slept and of course, still maintained regular contact with Nicholas. Her fantasy of meeting up with Nicholas grew more and more intense by the day. She even thought of ways to bring him and her mother together, as if by chance, so the two would be able to meet.
In that scenario, he and Gypsy would be able to let their romance bloom naturally and her mother would have no choice but to accept it. However, their plan soon grew much darker than that and soon turned into a plan to get Gypsy out of her mother’s grasp completely and for good.
Strange Facebook Post
On June 15, 2015, friends logged on to Facebook to a startling message on their feed from Gypsy and Dee Dee’s joint Facebook account, to which only Dee Dee had access. The post was succinct and vague but chilling: “That b*tch is dead!” Naturally, people were quick to question the strange post. Many suggested that Dee Dee’s account had been hacked.
One person even thought that she might have been watching a movie and was responding to that. All of these possibilities seemed completely plausible and many didn’t give it too much thought. However, shortly afterward, another post came and it way more graphic and gruesome than anyone could imagine. This was no hacker.
A Real Cause for Worry
The post that followed the first one, also on Dee Dee’s account, proved to be just as unsettling as the last and caused hysterics among all who knew the Blanchardes. The post claimed to have ” SLASHED THAT FAT PIG” then claimed to have “RAPED HER SWEET INNOCENT DAUGHTER” It conintued that “HER SCREAM WAS SOOOO F****N LOUD LOL.” At this point, friends were even more concerned than before. One neighbor, Kim Blanchard (who was unrelated to the family) went right to the house.
With such an unsettling message, she wanted to make sure everything was okay. And everyone was thinking who would dare to put this sweet family through more difficulties than they already experience on a daily basis.
Neighbors Want to Help
It turned out that Kim was not alone in her concern for Dee Dee and her daughter. Many other neighbors had already begun to gather around the small, quaint house. It had already become a habit for the neighbors to look out for the Blanchardes and do everything they could. When they arrived, everything seemed normal. There were no signs of broken windows, smashed locks or really anything out of place. Still, one thing hid the truth inside.
Nobody was able to see through the thick black that covered the windows. Aside from that everything was fine. Dee Dee’s car was parked where it usually was, as though nothing was amiss at all.
Friends’ worst fears were confirmed when police were finally able to gain access to the home. They walked into a gruesome scene: Dee Dee Blancharde’s dead body lay on the floor, with several stab wounds, mostly in her back. It seemed that she had been there for days. With Dee Dee being dead, who was caring for the frail and helpless Gypsy? As police investigators continued their search throughout the house, they discovered something even stranger.
Gypsy was absolutely nowhere to be found. Her medical equipment sat untouched. Her cocktail of heavy medications sat in their prescription containers, ready to be doled out to “help” Gypsy get through the day. They were about to learn something even more shocking than all of this.
With Dee Dee Blancharde lay dead at home, her body decaying, Gypsy still was missing and this only served to heighten tensions. People wondered who was behind this heinous act and how Gypsy was coping without her medical devices. Even more, how would Gypsy survive without her mother, who many believed she needed just to survive day to day.
Soon, the truth would come out and shock not only the neighbors but people across the country. Gypsy was just fine and that thought was just unthinkable to everyone who knew her, watch her struggle and stood by their side. How was this possible for such a sickly girl?
The Truth Comes Out
As it turns out, not only was she unharmed, Gypsy was healthy all along. She had been planning this sinister deed for quite some time, all while her mother slept in the other room. It’s not sure when exactly she got the idea in her head that her mother must die, but police found evidence that Nicholas had told a friend about it in May of 2014.
Further text messages revealed how they discussed the plans together. In one instance, Nicholas told Gypsy: “Honey, you forget I am ruthless, and my hatred of her will force her to die. It’s my evil side doing it. He won’t mess up, because he enjoys killing.” How did she manage to actual pull off the murder?
A Night Like Any Other
On that fateful June night, Gypsy pretended like it was a regular night with Dee Dee. They spent the night painting each other’s nails before Gypsy put her mother to bed. Apparently, she promised to “be a good girl” as her mother fell asleep. Next, Nicholas made his way into the house and it also marked the first time he met Gypsy face-to-face. While Nicholas stabbed Dee Dee to her bloody death, Gypsy hid in the adjacent bathroom.
She listening to all of her mother’s blood-curdling screams. “Help me,” Dee Dee yelled, as Gypsy lay in a fetal position in the other room. The pair quickly left the scene by way of taxi after the deed was done.
After the deed was done, Dee Dee’s last words rung in Gypsy’s ears. “Don’t hurt me,” she had said just before she died. Soon after, the pair took a taxi to a local Days Inn motel. Gypsy and the boyfriend mailed themselves the bloody clothes and murder weapon.
During the investigation, the taxi driver spoke with police and said that Gypsy seemed to be the one who was in charge. It seemed like the perfect crime, as they made their way to Wisconisin, where Nicholas’ family lived. Days later, however, the police caught up with them.
Uncovering What Happened
While looking for Gypsy, her neighborhood friend Aleah felt obligated to show the police the messages that Gypsy had sent her, even though they were at this point several months old. They were one of the key items that lead police to track them down.
With this large piece of evidence, they went to Wisconsin where they found Gypsy unharmed and with the man that she was longing to spend her life with. This was all supposed to be her key to freedom but it all went wrong.
A Healthy Girl Found
When police located Gypsy at Nicholas Godejohn’s Wisconsin home, they expected to find the sickly girl so many had come to pity, the girl who depended upon machines and her mother for life. They found Gypsy as anything but that.
What they found was a woman who was walking and going about without the assistance of an oxygen tank or invasive feeding tubes. She also appeared to function fine cognitively. There was no evidence of the person Dee Dee claimed Gypsy to be: the perpetual child locked inside an aging but deteriorating body.
Rod Left Clueless
Rod Blancharde, Gypsy’s father, was shocked when he learned what had become of his ex-wife and daughter on that fateful day. From the time of her birth, he had noticed Dee Dee overly apprehensive about their daughter’s health but he never expected a lie this big.
What shocked him more than anything else was when he saw Gypsy out of a wheelchair and walking like a regular person, advocating for herself before a the judge like an adult. He never expected his daughter was living a lie this big.
Rod’s Life After Dee Dee
When Rod Blancharde and Dee Dee separated, he remained in Golden Meadow, La., the same place where he and Dee Dee grew up and fell in love. He had known Dee Dee since high school, remembering later on that she was “into some dark things.”
When they dated, she had a pet tarantula, he recalled, and she had a strong affinity for witchcraft as well. After he turned 18, he realized he did not want to be with Dee Dee after all and they quickly divorced. He moved on, remarried and had two more children.
A Good Father
Even as their marriage fell apart and Gypsy went under the care of Dee Dee most of the time, Rod still tried his best to be a part of his daughter’s life. He had tried his best to be a good father.
Along with Gypsy’s step siblings, the family would go on trips as much as the ill girl could and even attended the Special Olympics. Rod took his ex-wife’s word that they had a very sick daughter and trusted she was doing what was best for their daughter.
Lies About Rod
When Dee Dee and Gypsy left Louisiana for Missouri, Rod stayed behind and started life anew. Although he remarried and was ready for a fresh start, he still did his best for Gypsy. However, Dee Dee tried to keep him at a distance to hide the truth.
When Dee Dee moved to Missouri, where nobody knew her, she told people that Rod was a terrible father and husband. She told people he abandoned them didn’t pay child support and left them to fend for themselves. Unaware of any of the slander, Rod regularly paid child support and even lavished generous gifts upon his ex-wife and daughter.
Desire to Stay In Touch
Although Rod had not been part of Gypsy’s life for so long, he still wanted to stay in touch with her. And that meant wishing her a happy 18th birthday. However, this was when he really realized how strange things were for his daughter far away.
Before handing over the phone to Gypsy, Dee Dee warned Rod not to mention her age, as Gypsy’s was living in a world in which she was still a mere child, oblivious to her imminent step into adulthood. As mentioned before, Dee Dee liked to lie about her daughter’s age and capabilities.
From the time Gypsy was an infant, Rod understood that Dee Dee had a tendency to exaggerate the state of her daughter’s health. But he still didn’t know the extent of her charade. Nobody could, really. Even those next door had no idea.
That’s why when Rod saw Gypsy walking with ease and talking with confident skill during her court proceedings, he understood that his ex-wife was not just an exaggerator. She was sick in the head and tortured their daughter for years. But he was happy his daughter was healthy.
Court Recognizes the Abuse
When Gypsy stood before the stunned courtroom audience and brooding jury at the Greene County Courthouse in Missouri for the first time, it was a shock for everyone involved. A case of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy to this severity had hardly ever been witnessed.
On one hand, Gypsy did play a major role in a brutal murder, of her own mother no less. But she had also lived as a prisoner not only to her mother, but also to herself. All she had ever known was how to smile and how to take the medication given to her, even if it destroyed her body.
The Court’s Ruling
Gypsy could have faced life in prison for committing first degree murder. Instead, she was given a 10 year. The court understood the gravity of the abuse she had suffered for years. It would have been too tough for any of them to bear.
Nicholas, on the other hand, was given a charge of first-degree murder and could potentially face a full life sentence in prison. He was scheduled to go to court in November 2016, but his trial has been postponed since then.
Who Was Gypsy’s Boyfriend?
Gypsy’s relationship with Nicholas was what changed her life forever. By the time Gypsy first revealed to Aleah in 2014 that she had a boyfriend, she and Nicholas had already been dating for two years. He was from Big Bend, Wisconsin and had met on a Christian dating site.
He may have suffered from mental illness and was also known to have Multiple Personality Disorder. There have been some claims that Gypsy even created alternate personas to fit his split personalities. His only crime before this was for watching porn on a tablet at McDonalds in 2013.
Where Were the Doctors?
After the murder of Dee Dee Blancharde, years of abuse came to light. People now knew that Gypsy had been completely capable of independence all along. Still, it was hard not to wonder: what did the medical records actually show? Was there any truth in Dee Dee’s deceit?
It has since been revealed that Gypsy was tested extensively for muscular dystrophy. She received the MRIs and medical evaluations. All showed quite plainly that Gypsy was free of the disease. So how did Dee Dee manage to fool so many people, including experienced doctors? After a while, Dee Dee became so persistent about these perceived conditions that they found their way into Gypsy’s medical history.
Dee Dee the Great Liar
It turns out that Dee Dee got away with all the lies for years because she was willing to make her daughter undergo a number of incredibly invasive surgeries. Then, illness would not just be a label but a concrete record.
Before long, Gypsy’s small body had become like a science project with imaginary ailments and a constant array of surgery wounds. She endured painful eye surgeries and had tubes placed in her ears. Her salivary glands had even been neatly extracted, simply because her mother convincingly insisted upon it.
But not every doctor fell for Dee Dee’s skillful manipulation and agreed to every one of her requests. One doctor caught on and sparked the first attempt to alert authorities to what he saw. Neurologist Bernardo Flasterstein saw Gypsy on several occasions and had all her conditions at hand.
Nonetheless, he was not convinced that any of them were real. When he saw that Gypsy could walk without assistance, he told Dee Dee about it. However, she had a simple solution to this, as she had with any doctors who caught on: she found a new one.
Of course, because Dee Dee wasn’t looking for diagnoses so much as she was looking for confirmation in what she believed to be true. She quickly discarded any doctors who attempted to present her with reality. It was the best defense she had.
This method worked for years, unfortunately. When a doctor attempted to shatter her illusions, Dee Dee simply took her business elsewhere until she found a doctor who fell for the lies and agreed to perform all manner of medical procedures upon the girl.
Gypsy’s Attempts to Flee
Gypsy herself was not able to satisfy her mother’s relentless attention-seeking and lies for so long. It would be inaccurate to say Gypsy had never attempted to flee or at least thought about it. There were a few times she managed to evade her mother’s obsessive gaze.
According to neighbor Kim Blanchard, Gypsy once snuck off with a much-older man at a science fiction convention. Dee Dee discovered them in the man’s hotel room. Feeling helpless and trapped, Gypsy vented her frustration to friends via the internet. She would also destroying things to give her a sense of control.
A Healthy Woman Reborn
In most cases, criminals find their lives come to a screeching halt once they are caught and put behind bars. It is a prison, after all, and meant to be a punishment. Such has not been the case for Gypsy.
In prison, she is free from the unnecessary medications and surgeries that her mother forced upon her. She has even gained weight. Kim Blanchard has said that now she “looks more like a person.” She has said that she feels much freer living in prison than she ever did at home.
Learning to Heal
Of course, old wounds don’t heal overnight. Even though she has been convicted of a serious crime, it is important to remember that Gypsy was a victim as well. As a result, she bears a victim’s aching past. Truth dizzies her.
She is so used to what her mother has taught her–about her health, about her age, about herself–that she still frequently speaks of these things as though they are reality, even though she has come to understand logically that they are not. She still even has her childlike high-pitched voice.
Gypsy’s Surprising Opinion of Her Mother
Although once inseparable, Gypsy was quick to catch on her mother’s schemes. As for what she actually thinks of her now that she no longer looms over her, she has gained a greater sense of clarity about what she’d gone through.
She knows that what her mother did was wrong, although she admits that when she was caught up in her ruse, the line between right and wrong seemed “blurred.” She also mentions feeling like a pawn who was lied to just as much as Dee Dee lied to the others. “She would have been the perfect mom for someone that actually was sick,” Gypsy said. “But I wasn’t sick.”
Free At Last Even in Prison
Naturally, without her oxygen tank weighing her down or her overwhelmingly large glasses dominating her face, Gypsy’s physical appearance has also changed quite drastically. Instead of a bald head, her hair has grown back, dark and full for the first time in her life. If cascades to her shoulders in healthy waves.
Her skin radiates, no longer dimmed by malnutrition, seclusion and heavy drugs. Finally, she now stands with a sense of purpose. No longer is she shackled to her mother’s needs, her own confused body. She has been given a new lease on life that not even prison bars can hold back.
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