Truddi’s TroopsDecember 3, 2010
Truddi M. Chase
June 13 1935 – March 10 2010
One of the most unforgettable guests in Oprah Show history was Truddi Chase, a woman living with 92 distinct personalities. Truddi’s condition—now called dissociative identity disorder, or DID—was caused by years of brutal sexual abuse by her stepfather that started when she was just 2 years old.
Truddi’s story had such an impact on Oprah that she mentioned it in her DVD collection celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah says Truddi’s story moved her to tears because she was just beginning to contemplate her own childhood abuse. “I really connected the dots of how profound the manifestation of abuse can be in other people’s lives,” she said. “The way she shattered her personality and became a multiple is her way of protecting herself. Her own little inner-spirited child.”
Truddi passed away in March 2010, but her legacy lives on.
In 1990, when I was deeply debilitated with Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia, I saw the 1990 interview Truddi conducted with Oprah.
To my amazement, a copy of When Rabbit Howls was available at my (then) local library network. It is very rare for a small Australian suburban libary to carry an autobiography written by an obscure American: but there it was. I had to face my demon-fear to leave the safety of home to borrow it.
Truddi’s story informed and inspired my recovery, and my life. She was the first person I had ‘contact’ with who was proactive in working with archetypal energies – The Troops – to safeguard her psychospiritual and physical survival.
My own introduction into archetypal energies and how they have similarly protected me, was in 1990, totally not on my horizon. I was still nursing my bruised and defeated ego at having to withdraw from my Bachelor of Science (Naturopathic) studies.
Truddi had one hell of a Sacred Contract…and then some.
We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee;
We are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee.
~ Rumi (of course)