Growing up I always knew I was adopted. I can’t pinpoint when my parents told me that I was adopted. It feels like I have always known and understood what it means.

For my family adoption wasn’t a strange thing. There have been several members of my family that are adopted. In fact, only two of my cousins out of eight are biologically related on my mom’s side of the family. I always thought this was something really special! So growing up I thought that the fact I was adopted was really interesting and I liked to tell everyone about it. I always loved answering people’s questions about adoption and helping them try to understand what adoption is.

Growing up I was never really interested in my birth family. I had the usual questions and wondered if they looked like me but other than that I just wasn’t really that interested. I had an amazing life growing up so I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I didn’t think about my biological family too much. However, when I had my oldest child I started to wonder what my genetic makeup was. I wanted to know exactly what my DNA story was so that I could tell him exactly what his genetics were. I sent off a sample of my saliva to Ancestry DNA and honestly forgot all about it. I knew in the back of my head that there was a possibility of finding my birth family but I honestly never thought it would happen.

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Within six weeks I went from being an only child to having a FULL SISTER. Yes, that’s right a full sister. I couldn’t believe what I was reading as I scrolled through the results that were emailed to me. I always figured I had half-siblings but never a full sibling. She reached out to me and we started to open the lines of communication between my family and my birth family. After a year of talking on the phone and facetiming I got the chance to meet my birth family in person. You know you hear of those stories where people meet and they instantly know they are related, that is basically what happened with my sister. We not only look alike but we have a lot of the same mannerisms and we both like some of the same things, which brings into question what part does heredity and environment really factor into determining who you are?

While we are alike in some ways there are plenty of ways in which we are so different. It is still strange to say that I have a sister but with each passing day, it gets a little bit easier.

 

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