The Sum of My Parts
A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder
by Olga Trujillo
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Pub Date 01 Oct 2011 | Archive Date 06 Mar 2013
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.
"This disturbing memoir of an abusive childhood is a case study of the causes and characteristics of dissociative identity disorder. Trujillo, an attorney who works on domestic violence issues, spares few details about family members’ attacks on her. Despite such cruelty, she married and pursued a successful legal career...this is a powerful story of resilience from a Latina perspective."
Verdict A notable contribution to the genre of child abuse memoirs, this book is recommended for general readers.—Antoinette Brinkman, Evansville, IN