Real World DC: Erika Lauren Wasilewski

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It doesn't sound to me like she was apologetic enough for lying about dying of cancer...
It sounds to me like it's a mental disorder, so it was out of her control. At least she got help for it. I thought she sounded as apologetic as someone possibly can for something they couldn't help.
I think the whole situation she's possibly embarrassed about now, and even more embarrassed that it leaked in the media and that she probably just wanted to address it quickly and put it behind her. I'm glad she got help.
[QUOTE=Wilderwolf;151881]I thought she sounded as apologetic as someone possibly can for something they couldn't help.[/QUOTE] Something she couldn't help? It is not like we are talking about some unavoidable accident in which she was also a victim. She lied about having cancer. She could have helped it by not doing it in the first place. Blaming your actions on a mental illness is not a get out of jail free card. I know plenty of people with a variety of mental ailments and they don't run around town saying they are dying of a disease that sadly many people are actually dying of...
I don'tt pay too much attention to her, my eyes are set most on Emily and Callie. Maybe later on in the episodes Erika will come alive more.
Wow, this is all so crazy! I hope she starts getting featured more so I can form a better opinion of her, sometimes I forget that her and Josh are even in the house.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;151909]Something she couldn't help? It is not like we are talking about some unavoidable accident in which she was also a victim. She lied about having cancer. She could have helped it by not doing it in the first place. Blaming your actions on a mental illness is not a get out of jail free card. I know plenty of people with a variety of mental ailments and they don't run around town saying they are dying of a disease that sadly many people are actually dying of...[/QUOTE] Not all mental illnesses are the same, everyone knows that. Just because the ones you know don't do it doesn't mean no one ever will.
[QUOTE=Wilderwolf;152249]Not all mental illnesses are the same, everyone knows that. Just because the ones you know don't do it doesn't mean no one ever will.[/QUOTE] Didn't she come up with the crazy cancer story [I]after[/I] her boyfriend broke up with her or something? I think it's a little too convenient to start having a mental illness after that. I don't think it's a mental illness/disorder if she intentionally started lying about it for attention after a break-up. It seems more like she made it up to get attention and sympathy, but it snowballed and she didn't have the guts to admit that she made the whole thing up. That being sad, I have a little more respect for Erika for actually fessing up to lying about something that horrible, but now it seems like she's lying about having another disease to cover up the first lie.
I honestly have no problem with the girl. People make mistakes. She seems to really regret this, so it's all whatever to me. I give the girl credit for fessing up and admitting that it was true.
There is a disease where you lie so that people like you just so you know. But I don't understand why she is apparently **** for lying about having cancer. People do things without thinking sometimes, big deal, it's over and done with.
[QUOTE=Wilderwolf;152272]There is a disease where you lie so that people like you just so you know. But I don't understand why she is apparently **** for lying about having cancer. People do things without thinking sometimes, big deal, it's over and done with.[/QUOTE] And had she lied about anything as awful for attention prior to the cancer thing? What about afterward? All I am saying is that I don't believe her for one second about having a mental disorder, and that her apology was more of a ********* excuse than anything else. You seem to disagree, which is fine.
She never said she had a mental disorder though, I said she could possibly have one. As for whether she did something like that before or after, who knows.
[QUOTE=Wilderwolf;152274]She never said she had a mental disorder though, I said she could possibly have one. As for whether she did something like that before or after, who knows.[/QUOTE] Claiming that she needed a doctor and antidepressants to stop telling people she was dying of cancer was pretty close to saying she had some sort of mental defect. I still think she's delusional and bat**** crazy, so we should probably find something else to argue about..
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How about you both just agree to disagree? :D
So what happened to the dailies where she confesses she lied about having cancer? There was no mention of her saying that she did have cancer on the dailies before. That daily is gone now so....?
Is Erica leaving the RW house next week? Thx
[QUOTE=jhl182;155048]So what happened to the dailies where she confesses she lied about having cancer? There was no mention of her saying that she did have cancer on the dailies before. That daily is gone now so....?[/QUOTE] Yeah, can someone explain the whole cancer thing?? I don't get it..
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[QUOTE=RockSteadyVybes;155369]Yeah, can someone explain the whole cancer thing?? I don't get it..[/QUOTE] It was brought to our attention that Ericka pretended to have cancer.. for one reason or another. That's really all I know about the story.
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If you read through this thread you will find a bunch of information regarding the cancer situation.
Ok, just caught up. I don't know guys - I think I'm going to take the non-judgment route. The girl had some serious mental issues. None of us were in her shoes, none of us know how she felt or what she was going through. YES - It's probably one of the worst things she could've said, but I've known a few people with serious mental disfuctions and the stuff that flies out of their mouths is usually appalling and unreal. I kind of feel bad for her. She even admitted her depression and such on tonight's episode. I get that people who know her think she's a terror and if I had to personally deal with her in real life, I'd probably think and say the same!
As for Erika having a mental issue, not to backseat diagnose her or anything like I'm a psychiatrist lol, but there is a psychiatric disorder called Münchausen syndrome. People who have it pretend to have different diseases and psychological trauma to gain attention and sympathy. It could be possible that she has it. Just a guess though since I don't know her and I'm not a doctor. Either way, I wouldn't be so quick to say that mental illness can't cause you to do stupid things like pretend to have cancer.
I have to admit I like Erika. Maybe one reason being I have depression, which is classified as a mental disorder in DSM, and sometimes you don't have control over your actions (crying, feelings etc...). I think it is important for her to be on the show, even if people dislike her. People go through phases like that. No one who doesn't have a severe case of depression can understand her. The show can be a blessing or a curse for someone like her. When she said she admitted herself to the hospital thats when I knew she was severly depressed. I never knew about the cancer thing, but you can't comment on that at all, because you dont know why that was brought up, unless someone does know and they can shed some light on it, to clear up that situation. The show really only shows her when she breaks down, for the first few episodes she was like a wallflower. People see the bad in her, but she seems like a really open and cool chick.
I like her with the blonde highlight in front and long hair, she looks really pretty there.
[QUOTE=Jen89;160931]As for Erika having a mental issue, not to backseat diagnose her or anything like I'm a psychiatrist lol, but there is a psychiatric disorder called Münchausen syndrome. People who have it pretend to have different diseases and psychological trauma to gain attention and sympathy. It could be possible that she has it. Just a guess though since I don't know her and I'm not a doctor. Either way, I wouldn't be so quick to say that mental illness can't cause you to do stupid things like pretend to have cancer.[/QUOTE] It's definitely possible!
[QUOTE=CrazyRealityGuy;160933]I have to admit I like Erika. Maybe one reason being I have depression, which is classified as a mental disorder in DSM, and sometimes you don't have control over your actions (crying, feelings etc...). I think it is important for her to be on the show, even if people dislike her. People go through phases like that. No one who doesn't have a severe case of depression can understand her. The show can be a blessing or a curse for someone like her. When she said she admitted herself to the hospital thats when I knew she was severly depressed. I never knew about the cancer thing, but you can't comment on that at all, because you dont know why that was brought up, unless someone does know and they can shed some light on it, to clear up that situation. The show really only shows her when she breaks down, for the first few episodes she was like a wallflower. People see the bad in her, but she seems like a really open and cool chick.[/QUOTE] OMG I love you! It's a concept that people tend not to grasp, but it's a concept that's damn-near impossible for people who are out-of-the-loop to actually understand. I admitted my depression to a friend of mine, and their Ph.D./M.D. advice: write down a list of reasons why you [I][B][U]feel depressed[/U][/B][/I]. I thought my head was going to explode... Back to Erika, I totally sympathize with her throughout all of this.
I think thats sick to ever do. Regardless if she is "depressed"
[QUOTE=RMD1;161135]I think thats sick to ever do. Regardless if she is "depressed"[/QUOTE] You can still think a terrible thing to do, but understand where that action came from. Personally, I don't really like Erika. I think she was really whiny and annoying in the last episode and I kinda just want her to go home and get some help rather than threatening to go home every time something doesn't work out for her. I also think that lying about having cancer is a horrible thing to do to the people that really care about you. However, I still do recognize that she has some issues she needs to work out (depression and possibly Münchausen syndrome), and that maybe she'll be a really awesome person once she does. Maybe.
I think she just wants attention. She seems fake.
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[QUOTE=RMD1;161147]I think she just wants attention. She seems fake.[/QUOTE] She obviously wants attention, she has a problem. That is def. not fake, coming from someone who lives around a bunch of people who has problems like Erika. Don't get me wrong, TV wise, I can't stand her and I really think she should leave but I can recognize when someone has issues, I live in a home with foster kids who have plenty of issues like her. Its real. I think the cancer thing is sick too, don't get me wrong. I watched two people very close to die from it (literally in the same room when the plug was pulled) so obviously when I first heard about this I was disgusted with her. Erika obviously has a problem, and I'm not excusing her for what she did, but I am sympathetic. I guess its just the fact that I live/deal with people like her all the time, and I shouldn't have been so quick to judge. By the way, anyone who goes on any reality show wants attention.
I undertsand that people suffer from depression and all. That is 1 thing. Saying that you have cancer when you don't is a gross thing to say. I just can't see how the 2 come together. I think she is just a flat out liar. Who says they have cancer just to say it, then blames it on depression? May she be depressed? yes she prob is, but many people who are depressed don't make up stupid lies like that. Thats where I think her "fakeness" becomes apparent.

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