I’ve been so touched by the many readers and listeners who said my story resonates with them. My heart goes out to all who shared their own childhood trauma, adoption, and mental health struggles.
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.