Kathryn Francisco – It’s okay to believe that the method of your conception was wrong and still give thanks for your life

It’s such a vivid memory. One day, when I was about fourteen, I was riding in the car with my dad, and we were talking about ancestry. I was very curious about my roots. When I asked him what percentage Cherokee we were, he gave an odd response. I said, “If you’re...

Rashell – I can say with 100% certainty that my life would have been so much easier had my parents just stuck it out

My parents were young when they married. They were both 17. My mother was still in high school and pregnant. She graduated but my dad didn't. He worked in the oilfield in Oklahoma and made great money when times were good. I was their only child. I'm 41 years old now...

Caressa Fennell – My earliest memory is the day my mother committed suicide

My earliest memory is the day my mother committed suicide. That was the day the first crack appeared in my perfect, 3 year-old-life – the first crack of many that would break my heart and leave me broken, but not crushed, for a while. My story begins long before I was...
To be loved by the two who created you and not from the strangers who bought you, is natural and beautiful. But I was denied this primal family structure to support a business and an unfamiliar infertile couple

To be loved by the two who created you and not from the strangers who bought you, is natural and beautiful. But I was denied this primal family structure to support a business and an unfamiliar infertile couple

(Originally published at Anonymous Us) From the eyes of a donored baby: I’m told to be thankful for my donors because they gave me life, but this life is not merely a kidney transplant, this life is 50% of who I am genetically and biologically: my heredity, the...

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