The abuse stripped away most of her childhood memories, but Truddi says therapy helped her remember them. Truddi's mother left her father and moved her to a farm with her stepfather when she was 2. She says he raped her for the first time shortly after that. "It's springtime, the ground is still wet, there is tall grass over your head," she says. "I don't have all of it. The others have parts of it, which is why multiplicity comes into place in the first place."

Truddi says her old self ceased to be after that. "Something has to give," she says. "You can't dump that much on a human being and not lose something."

She now refers to her body, or the collective personalities' experiences, as "you" or "we."


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