Now a minister and storyteller, Jim suffered with five congenital birth defects that required many painful and humiliating surgeries, from his childhood through his teen years. At the same time, he was sexually and ritually abused as a young boy. And, as an adult, was diagnosed and treated for Dissociative Identity Disorder. To cope with familial abuse, Jim split into fifteen different personalities. "Sprouting" protectively, these separate identities filled the cracks caused by numbing, long-term violation, and helped him to survive.
Despite it all, Jim Cyr's memoir is filled with hope: candidly sharing all stages of his healing journey (from self-destructive, unconscious drives, to awareness, to the slow mending of his cracked heart and mind), it offers inspiration, as well as the hard-won advice of a survivor. Jim's will to live, and his honesty -- despite a crushing childhood -- offer a shining path of light for all those who suffered a childhood of abuse, and wonder how they will ever manage to feel whole.