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Sunday, November 3, 2013

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

Sum of My Parts: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder, by Olga Trujillo, JD.

This is the true story of a survivor of horrendous physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, who did what she had to survive.  In this case, what was necessary was for her mind to take action to protect Olga from the knowledge of what was happening to her, through dissociation, resulting in Dissociative Identity Dissorder, formerly referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder.  Olga grows up, escapes to college, marries, graduates from law school, and accepts a position with the U.S. Justice Department, quickly becoming one of the highest achieving women attorney's in the Department, all without any knowledge of her childhood, which she believes was poor, but not unhappy.  And then something triggers a memory, and her body reacts physically to it, and her whole world begins to unravel.  This book chronicles not only her childhood and the terrible abuse she suffered at the hands of her own family, but her prolonged and difficult recovery.

This was a fascinating book to read.  It was very difficult to read in the beginning when we are exposed to the abuse she suffers from those who should have loved her and protected her.  At the same time, the story is compelling and keeps you turning the pages, and the process of her recovery is nothing short of fascinating.  Olga is a remarkable, intelligent, and extremely brave woman, and her story is enlightening not only for those who have suffered a similar experience, but also for those who have never known anything about dissociative identity disorder.  I highly recommend this book.  4.5

I received a digital review copy of this book.  This did not affect my review in any way.

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