During times in this episode, there is sensitive content that may be traumatizing to some audiences. Listener discretion advised.
Katie is an adoptee who has always known she was adopted. Abuse and neglect by adoptive parents growing up led her to feeling unloved or unwanted by them. As a younger person, Katie felt so broken and joined Al-Anon and (ACA) Adult Children of Alcoholics for healing. She still felt like something was missing in her recovery. A friend gave Katie the book, The Primal Wound by Nancy Verrier, and she then sought out podcasts about adoptees which all proved to be great resources.
Katie never had the desire to look for her birth parents, but an acquaintance insisted, and found maternal and paternal birth parents within days in 1996. She has met both birth families and have different relationships with them today.
References: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and Searching For Anna Fisher by Florence Fisher
Adoptee Remembrance Day is October 30th
Music by Corey Quinn