Discovering where I came from

Today I shared a bit of my story live. Please check out the above video.

God truly does things in His own timing, and I am forever grateful for His mercy and love. He has given me so many blessings especially my adoptive family who loved and raised me unselfishly. They taught me how to love, give freely, and to always be there for each other no matter what.

But recently God gave me another wonderful blessing of finding part of my birth family. My birth mother, Inis Waren, gave me up for adoption in 1967. Only when she gave birth to me, she used the name Katherine Waren. This made finding my birth family a bit more difficult.

It was only because of doing my DNA through and 23andme that I was able to find a cousin who responded to me after I had reached out to him. From that point on I have been on the road of discovering where I came from.

Adoption is such a wonderful gift to both the child and to the adopting family. If you or someone you know is considering adopting or giving a child up for adoption, please think it through and bless everyone involved. I am grateful for the great blessing of adoption and the wonderful families I have in my life.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

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