Elissa, from Hilton Head, South Carolina, said never bonded with her adopted mother. She did find a second home with her horseback riding coach and the horses she adored.
Finding her biological mother gave Elissa a glimmer of hope that the woman stokes and extinguishes in a torturous cycle.
Speaking with her birth father only once, she confirmed the story of his own paternity, but Elissa never heard from him again.
Relying on her husband, the first person she’s shared real love with, Elissa wishes reunion didn’t leave her so confused and feeling broken.
This is Elissa’s journey.