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Posted: 10/24/2011
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

Megan is my beautiful adopted daughter. If I could give any gift, it would be that every time she looked in the mirror she could connect with her birth mother. It would be so wonderful, but it's only possible if I set aside my fears and insecurities and do the best thing for my daughter by finding the woman who made me a mother.

Megan is an amazing person in and out. I have always told her that I would help her anytime she wanted to look. She is 25 years old and the time is now. She needs to find her birth parents, or birth family for medical, emotional reasons.

We were told her mother's name (Deanna) by a close friend that worked in Martin County Court house, but this needs to be verified. Both parents were college students when she was born. Her dad had reddish hair and a beard. There was no history of cancer known at the time of birth. Stephen Fraser was the attorney (Somner & Fraser) and David Harper was the Judge. It was finalized in November 1984. She was born in Martin Memorial Hospital, in Stuart, Florida, Martin County. Megan and I moved to NC in 1990. Currently, Megan is a PHD student at Duke, NC.

I started Megan's search for her on July 6, 2010. By July 28, 2010, the case was solved! Suddenly I was face to face with a reality that always seemed more like an eventuality. Megan was nervously optimistic when Julie called us with Deanna's birth information. We took about an hour to compose ourselves, and then picked up the phone. Deanna was so excited to hear from us! She told us right away that she is totally open to getting to know Meagan and wants her to be a part of her life. However, she has to do a little damage control because she never told her family about the pregnancy or adoption.

Now, Deanna lives in Gainesville, Georgia. She and Megan look almost identical, and have many of the same mannerisms. They talk on Facebook almost constantly and they both enjoy writing and Art. Sometimes when I'm with them it's like they speak their own language. I won't deny that at times I feel a twinge of sadness, wondering if I have ever made Megan as happy as she looks with Deanna.

Then, the other day she came over to my house bright and early and surprised me with Starbucks coffee. Instead of calling me advanced, she sneaked in with her key and came up to my room. She kicked off her shoes and crawled into my bed just like she used to when she was little. As she hugged me she said, "You'll always be my mommy. What would I do without you?" I don't think she understands how much I needed to hear that. I am truly so happy for both of them and what matters most is that Megan looks like herself again. The light is back in her eyes and I really think she looks in the mirror now and sees a whole person with a past, present, and awesome future. I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world. Thanks SQA for making it all possible.

Written by Mica Burton on Miriam's behalf.

(Client ID#279331)
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