Born in 1968, in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, my infant-adoption plan was done through a no longer existing private adoption agency, Sister Mary Eugene Foundation. I was relinquished immediately after birth, put in-care, and was brought to the USA at 10 months of age.
My American adoptive parents had one biologic son, three years before my arrival. All three of them have remained very close.
At the age of 20, I graduated nursing school and worked as a Registered Nurse in a large private teaching hospital. I worked primarily with respiratory/renal patients, and those diagnosed with AIDS.
At the age of 23 I got married. At the age of 25, I gave birth to my first child.
For 17 years I was a full-time stay-at-home-mom to my four biologic children. I have 2 girls and 2 boys, two of which are twins.
After my extended chosen hiatus, I fulfilled all the state requirements needed to become an active-duty licensed RN. I was immediately hired to work at a private extended-care nursing facility close to my home/kids. I am currently working the night-shift as a Charge Nurse in a Sub-Acute Cardiac Rehab Unit. I am still at the same private extended-care nursing facility that originally hired me.
There have been many nights I'd be with a patient and think, "This is little more than a fancy orphanage created for adults who have no-body to take care of them, and their very extensive, complex needs, at home".
In my free-time, I voluntarily spend many hours a day/week offering emotional support to various birth mothers, adoptees, and adoptive mothers who call or write to me and tell me they are experiencing many problems with their own unresolved adoption issues. Some simply do not know how to cope, and ask me about my own personal experience, and how I perceive certain things. This volunteer work is done on a 1:1 basis, and in-private, at the request of those who have chosen to contact me. This volunteer-adoption-outreach began in 1998, when I first joined Adoption.Con, and earned the reputation of being a very angry adoptee. While I got many PM's and email requests, after a year, I was banned from that website -- a site that promoted itself as a forum for all members of the adoption triad in-need of answers, encouragement, and support.