“Our past is not our potential.” – Unknown
How would you feel if the family raising you as an adoptee kept your adoption secret? Imagine finding out about your adoption in an absurd manner? Suppose you faced medical conditions throughout your life but lacked knowledge of your medical history? What would you do? Would you do everything possible to seek out the information?
Bonded at Birth: an Adoptee’s Search for Her Roots is a memoir about growing up as an adoptee under the umbrella of secrecy, being determined and motivated by multiple lifetime events to search for her roots and heritage against all odds of success. Can Gloria do it?
Upon her reunion, eight days short of her forty-first birthday, Gloria goes from being an only child to the oldest of ten (nine living) siblings. After seven years of a successful reunion, Gloria’s birthmother adopts her back bringing her story full circle. Genealogy research led Gloria to unexpected discoveries such as the fact that Col. William Prescott, the Revolutionary War hero, was her 1st cousin 7X removed, and Lydia Longley, the first North American nun, who was her 6th great grand aunt.