My Life wtih Dissociative Identity Disorder
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Herschel Walker is widely regarded as one of football's
greatest running backs. He led the University of Georgia to
victory in the Sugar Bowl on the way to an NCAA
Championship and he capped a sensational college career by
earning the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Herschel spent twelve
years in the NFL, where he rushed for more than eight
thousand yards and scored sixty-one rushing touchdowns.
But despite the acclaim he won as a football legend, track
star, Olympic competitor, and later a successful
businessman, Herschel realized that his life, at times, was
simply out of control. He often felt angry, self-
destructive, and unable to connect meaningfully with
friends and family. Drawing on his deep faith, Herschel
turned to professionals for help and was ultimately
diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formerly
known as multiple personality disorder.
While some might have taken this diagnosis as a setback,
Herschel approached his mental health with the same
indomitable spirit he brought to the playing field. It also
gave him, for the first time, insight into his life's
unexplained passages, stretches of time that seemed forever
lost. Herschel came to understand that during those times,
his "alters," or alternate personalities, were in control.
Born into a poor, but loving family in the South, Herschel
was an overweight child with a stutter who suffered
terrible bullying at school. He now understands that he
created "alters" who could withstand abuse. But beyond
simply enduring, other "alters" came forward to help
Herschel overcome numerous obstacles and, by the time he
graduated high school, become an athlete recognized on a
In Breaking Free, Herschel tells his story -- from the joys
and hardships of childhood to his explosive impact on
college football to his remarkable professional career. And
he gives voice and hope to those suffering from DID.
Herschel shows how this disorder played an integral role in
his accomplishments and how he has learned to live with it
today. His compelling account testifies to the strength of
the human spirit and its ability to overcome any challenge.
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