Several times on this blog I have mentioned Emily, a young woman posting as “SeeGirlLive,” who said she was dying of both uterine and colon cancer. I followed her story for more than a year and was often brought to tears from sheer heart-wrenching compassion for her plight.
To my shock and dismay, on Saturday, December 27, 2014 I discovered that “Emily” is not a real person and that her various blogs and social media were fake. As of now, they have all been deactivated, including her Tumblr blog “Living Life Loudly,” which was her most recent and now final site.
For information on the outing of “Emily”—who, unbelievably, appears to be a medical student at Morehouse College in Georgia—please see Warrior Eli Hoax Group – Emily Wilson. They report that her medical school ethics council has been informed of her cyber-crime activities (which include two separate fabricated tales about death by cancer that I know of).
Words cannot express how betrayed the online community feels. We have been keeping vigil over a dying girl who does not exist except in the imagination of a very misguided and apparently mentally ill individual who has perpetrated a cruel and heartless cyber-crime. (It appears that this young woman is suffering from Münchausen by Internet.)
My apologies for unwittingly contributing to this hoax. Be assured that everything else I write on this blog is real and verifiable, and I will report any developments. A silver lining: At least my consciousness has been raised about Lynch Syndrome, a devastating familial cancer disease, from “Emily’s” posts. More people need to become aware of this devastating health problem.
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What a horrible, cruel thing to do!!! How could anyone take such advantage of a friend (you) who tried your best to cheer her up and tell everyone her tragic story!! Horrible!!!
Yes, I know. I learned about this yesterday just before the holiday party. But she did the same to all of her Internet followers, not just me. Still, although it wasn’t personal, it felt like a betrayal. I will be following this and other hoax stories and will write about any developments.
She fooled us all, but someone gave me a new perspective, which is… at least she isn’t dying and that’s a good thing.
Yes, I know what you mean . . waiting for “Emily” to die was agonizing. The other perspective is that she did tell us about Lynch Syndrome, which is a deadly disease that more people should be aware of.
I still feel some “phantom Emily” syndrome, as if I’ve lost a friend, which is sad and infuriating. Looking back, I keep thinking about clues–little things that nagged at the back of my mind all along. But she was a master manipulator, and I never saw this coming.
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Happy New Year!