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

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

by Olga Trujillo


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

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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ISBN-13: 9781572249912
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Series: Unassigned Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 282,980
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very helpful.
Lici_Joy More than 1 year ago
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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KatZombie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Tammy-CA More than 1 year ago
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.
Lori Pinkerd More than 1 year ago
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.