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Posted: 12/23/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

I am an adoptee and also a birth mother. I have known I was adopted all of my life, and when I had an unplanned pregnancy as a young adult, it felt right to give the baby up for adoption. My experience gave me perspective and clarity and helped me understand how heartbreakingly difficult it is to make that choice and give a child up for adoption. Through the years I have wondered who my birth parents are and where I come from, and I have experienced a unique sadness knowing that somewhere out there, my daughter is wondering the same things about me. She must ask herself, as I do, what could possibly motivate a woman to put a child up for adoption. Perhaps she has even shared my moments of resentment and anger at the circumstances that separated us, as I have struggled with feelings of resentment for my own birth mother.

Until very recently, I was living a happy life and going along with business as usual. I have always struggled with health problems, but I recently tested positive for the anti-nuclear antibody (ANI), which is the pre-cursor for Lupus; last week I was told that I have non-Hodgkins lymphoma and have only months left to live. I can't describe how way it feels to hear this news, but I can tell you that it is sobering and brings a clarity to life that I have never felt before. Suddenly I understand that what is most important in life is family and finding both my birth family and my daughter has become my life's ambition. I need to know where I came from and who I look like, and you at Search Quest America have been my guardian angels and made that happen for me.

You found my daughter in only a matter of days!! You put me in contact with members of my birth family after only a few weeks and instead of being filled with anguish and regret, each new day is a path of discovery as I come to know and love these individuals who will forever play leading roles in my story. You have not only brought peace to my life, but you have given Karen (my daughter) the opportunity to find the answers to her own questions. You have reunited generations of a broken family and I cannot possibly find words to express my gratitude for your kindness and your service to me. For the first time in several months I feel like I have something to live for, and that is a gift no one else could have given me.

When I first decided to search, I was full of fears. I was worried I would be ripped off or misled or otherwise mistreated and I wasn't sure I could handle more heartache in my life. On the contrary, you took my case as an "angel case" and solved it without a penny of compensation, without notoriety or a big production or even an audience. These are the acts of kindness that weave the threads of heaven and I want you to know that to me, you truly are angels. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for me and wish you much success and happiness in your future, both professional and personal. Please take a lesson from me--in your final hour you will find that the successes and failures of life blend together and in the end, all that matters is being surrounded by those you love. Thank heaven for second chances!

(Written by Mica Burton on Samantha's behalf.)

Client ID# 265902
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