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Truddi's daughter, Kari, appeared with her mother on The Oprah Show in 1990. She says growing up with a mom with 92 personalities was by no means typical. "It was a roller coaster ride," she says. "But it's what I know as normal."
As Truddi went through therapy and began to understand how being abused caused her disorder, Kari says her parents slowly exposed her to the truth beginning at about age 13. "I would come home from school not knowing who I was coming home to," she says. "But, you know, we all have good days and bad days."
Kari says having a mother with multiple personalities could complicate friendships with other children. "When I started to tell them what was happening, a lot of them were not accepting. The few that were are still my friends today," she says. "I think it was a big fear thing. We fear what we don't understand, and they didn't want to take the time to understand. Their parents didn't understand, so their parents wanted to keep them away."