By the first day of kindergarten, Olga Trujillo had already survived years of abuse and violent rape at the hands of her tyrannical father. Over the next ten years, she would develop the ability to numb herself to the constant abuse by splitting into distinct mental “parts.” Dissociative identity disorder (DID) had begun to take hold, protecting Olga’s mind from the tragic realities of her childhood.
In The Sum of My Parts, Olga reveals her life story for the first time, chronicling her heroic journey from survivor to advocate and her remarkable recovery from DID. Formerly known as multiple personality disorder, DID is defined by the presence of two or more identities. In this riveting story, Olga struggles to unearth memories from her childhood, and parallel identities—Olga at five years old, Olga at thirteen—come forth and demand to be healed. This brave, unforgettable memoir charts the author’s triumph over the most devastating conditions and will inspire anyone whose life has been affected by trauma.
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A heart-wrenching, incredible autobiography. Really stirs your gut at times, and makes you breathe in relief in others. Thank you so much for writing this for people who struggle with this disorder, and also for people like me, who try to better understand it.
A Very Courageous and Candid Story of Strength, Survival, and Hope
The bravery and honesty with which this book was written inspires me greatly.
Thank you for your story. From chapter 7 and on, I felt like I was reading about myself. I have not confronted my past yet, but this gives me hope. I can listen to my thoughts and voices and know it is ok to have them. They will be part if the healing process. Thank you so much for sharing.