The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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“In The Sum of My Parts, Olga Trujillo reminds us what living with integrity and courage really means. In spite of brutal abuse she experienced by her family, the story of her survival is truly extraordinary and an inspiration to all of us.”
—Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes and other books and internationally recognized expert on youth, social justice, and ethical leadership

“In The Sum of My Parts, Olga Trujillo generously gives us a rare look into the power of community. Olga shows us how one person can make a difference. In her compelling account of her survival she illustrates the true meaning of resilience and healing. A must-read for all.”
—Shelia Hankins, associate director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572249912
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 543,583
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Olga R. Trujillo is an attorney who works with communities on issues involving domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and the impact of trauma. A nationally renowned speaker, she has appeared in several training videos on domestic violence, including Cut It Out and A Survivor’s Story. She has received the Bud Cramer Leadership Award from the National Children’s Alliance and the Sunshine Lady Foundation Peace Award. Olga lives with her partner Casey, dogs, and cats on a small farm in Wisconsin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Eye opening

    I was very close to a wonderful woman who had dissociative disorder... for very good reason. I appreciate being able to understand her a more. Wonderful, mind opening book for those of us lucky enough to have not experienced what Olga has, but to have known those strong souls who have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Life Altering Book

    I could not put down this book! Just when you think this little girl endured the worst it gets worse. What a heart renching story to endure. This is not a book for the weak heart, but an amazing story that will cause you to become paranoid of your childs safety. My heart bleeds for the little child that actually did survive this horrifc tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Very helpful.

    Very helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    This book is powerful and heart-wrenching. I met the author rece

    This book is powerful and heart-wrenching. I met the author recently and
    will be adding her to my list of heroes. She's an amazing woman with a
    story to tell that will require a box of tissues, the freedom to let
    yourself cry, and a safe person to talk to afterwards. It is not an easy
    read and I caution anyone who has suffered trauma to think carefully
    before turning it's pages. The author is courageous in the telling. She
    lets you into her culture, invites you into her home, and walks you
    through her mind as she bravely details years of sexual, physical and
    mental abuse at the hands of her father. Never before have I read a book
    that helped me understand so thoroughly how a person develops
    Dissociative Identity Disorder in response to repeated and horrific
    trauma. She is a hero in my book! Excellently written!

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    From The Aussie Zombie

    The Sum of My Parts is broken up into two halves – Olga’s retelling of childhood and pubescent trauma and abuse which cause her DID, and her treatment and life after her initial diagnosis.

    Told in a straight-forward, slightly detached manner, The Sum of My Parts is an emotional, intriguing and haunting read. Olga’s openness about the horrendous abuse she suffered as a child is admirable, and she has done her best to reach a medium of revealing enough of her story to make an impact on the reader, whilst respecting the feelings and potential reactions of other DID sufferers.

    The psychology and treatment of her condition make for fascinating, gut-wrenching reading, from spiraling into agoraphobia, her struggle to keep her career and to save her marriage. As Olga relives the memories that she has compartmentalized in order to keep herself from falling apart, she also discovers a side of herself that she never even knew existed.

    I really enjoyed this book – it was very emotional and quite disturbing in parts, but it was also uplifting and inspirational. If you have an interest in psychology, or in real people overcoming huge adversity and using it to their advantage, this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    This is one that you must read. Olga, a survivor of such horrible abuse finds out how to bring together all those parts. How she was able to go through life and accomplish all that she did shows just how strong she is.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    Ms. Trujillo has truly written a tour de force in her ground breaking book The Sum of My Parts. I read this from cover to cover in 2 sittings. She gives us an unflinching account of the childhood abuse she experienced at the hands of her parents and siblings. Her story is compelling. She tells it in a raw and honest manner, yet without gratuitous or sensational detail. Just as important is the story of her hard fought recovery. This is an informative and inspirational book, especially for those of us who have been abused as children or who work with this population. This quintessential book is a must read for survivors, loved ones of survivors, those who work with survivors and those who are seeking to gain a better understanding of this phenomena.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Outstanding!

    This book is a wonderful resource for those who work with survivors of sexual abuse. I cannot express how much i appreciate Ms. Trujillo for sharing this story. I have seen "A Survivor's Story" and this book impacted me so much more. It has given me much insight that i can use in my work with survivors of childhood abuse. Thank you.

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    Posted March 18, 2012

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