190 – The Gathering Place, An Adoptee Story

Emma described her adoption with words and concepts like “purchased”, “captor”, and “Stockholm syndrome”. Those aren’t the ideas behind a healthy parent child relationship When she decided to find her birth mother, Emma would not be deterred by the redacted information her case worker gave her, so she took action… illegally, to steal her birth…

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189 – Reckoning With The Primal Wound

Rebecca, from Tallahassee, Florida, grew up in a religious home where she was over protected and adoption was not discussed or explored. In reunion, She learned her social worker who helped her placement had remained friends with her birth mother and was able to connect them immediately. Rebecca is the documentarian behind the movie Reckoning…

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188 – Junkyard Girl

Carlyn (Kar-leen), from Santa Fe, New Mexico, grew up in a junkyard house in a tough relationship with her adoptive mother. Caryln felt over protected, trapped, and wondering why that was her life. After submitting a DNA test for fun, Carlyn was connected with a biological relative she had never heard of forcing her adoptive…

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186 – No Answers, Just Goodbye

Lynn, from Danville, Virginia knew she was adopted, but she never knew the secret that hers was a kinship adoption… and she had always known her birth mother. So, Lynn didn’t have a reunion as much as a re-introduction to her birth mother through the lens of her true relationship to Lynn. Meeting her birth…

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185 – Cosmically Related

Donna, from Scottsdale, Arizona, had a condition at birth which meant she was going straight to the hospital before her adoption, insuring her detachment from her birth mother and her future family, until she recovered. When she was a teenager, Donna was cut off by her adoptive father when she got pregnant then placed her…

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Veronica

Before Season 11 begins I wanted to share some personal updates on my journey. Who Am I Really? Who Am I Really? Website – http://www.whoamireallypodcast.com/ Share Your Story – bit.ly/2imgrtv_Share Listen On Apple Podcasts – http://apple.co/2oOd25m Spotify – https://spoti.fi/2RN3jcB  Google Play – http://bit.ly/2oEU7bH TuneIn – http://tun.in/piyg9 Stitcher – http://bit.ly/2DsqBxk_Stitcher Player FM – https://player.fm/series/who-am-i-really Podbean – bit.ly/2I0ITeY_Podbean YouTube – http://bit.ly/2oF3yrH Social Media Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WAIReally/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/waireally/ Damon’s own story…

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181 – Living In Adoptionland

Bryan Elliott, writer, director, producer, grew up in Southern California feeling under prioritized by his adoptive mother. At an early age, he had ambitions of finding his birth family. After extensive research Bryan called a long list of women only to realize she was among those who had repeatedly told him, “sorry, it’s not me.”…

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180 – The Wandering Tree

Lisa, my guest from episode 168, “A Vein of Gratitude” is back to share how her reunion has been in the year since we spoke. Lisa and I chatted the night before Lisa met her birth mother for the first time. The COVID-19 pandemic had kept them apart, so the moment was imminent that they…

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177 – No Option To Ignore The Hard Stuff

Alyssa, from Jacksonville, Florida, is a biracial woman who was adopted into a white family in a white community. Living without racial mirrors. She realized in her youth, she was missing a connection to the black community. With identifying information, Alyssa was able to locate her biological parents quickly, but Alyssa is eternally grateful that…

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