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Adoptee. Childhood Trauma Survivor. Memoir-in-Progress

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Adoptee. Childhood Trauma Survivor. Memoir-in-Progress

My HuffPost adoption essay was read by over 1.5 million people.

I am so touched by the many readers who have told me my essays resonate deeply with them. My heart goes out to all the people who have shared their own challenges with adoption, childhood trauma and mental health with me.

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New York Times

Left to be Found in a Stairwell in Hong Kong.

I’ve written other people’s stories for years. It was time to tell mine. I distilled my adoption story to a 98-word piece for the New York Times Tiny Love Stories section that published in the newspaper and online in June, 2021.

Someone found me on a Hong Kong staircase and then I lived in an orphanage for 15 months where I was malnourished and anemic. A Chinese American couple adopted me based on three photos. Through resilience and sheer determination, I survived an emotionally and physically abusive childhood to forge a better future: fulfilling writing life, MBA from a top program, decades-long marriage and three great young adult kids.
June 21, 2021 New York Times Print Edition
June 21, 2021 New York Times Print Edition