Season 1, Episode 11: Pamela

Show Notes


Topics We Discussed

 
  • Finding out she was adopted at age 5
  • Fantasizing about birthmother returning to take her home
  • 1970s - adoptive parents instructed not to talk about adoption/adoptee issues
  • An adopted sister who was less interested in adoption
  • Adoptive parents divorced one year after her adoption
  • Began drinking at age 12
  • Turned 21 (had her first baby), desire to find her birthmother
  • Phoning her birthmother for the first time
  • Meeting her half sister, and her birthmother in person
  • Going to her birthmother's funeral and not being acknowledged
  • Finding out she was the product of an affair with a married man
  • Finding her birthfather and a wild drive to knock on his door
  • Discovering both of her birthparents were alcoholics; deciding to go to Celebrate Recovery
  • Journey to sobriety; finding common roots of addiction in rejection and abandonment
  • Finding her hope and healing in God; writing her blog and managing the FB group, How Does it Feel to Be Adopted; therapy
  • Losing her connection with her biological sister (who also relinquished a child)
  • DNA testing and connecting with a cousin
  • Deciding whether or not to meet her paternal grandmother
  • Discussing the church's relationship with adoption
  • Words of advice for adoptive parents

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