I share this photo here with you as my community of support that is helping me in my recovery from PTSD. It is the first photo I have ever seen of my birth-mother, Lily Ada Stroud who later changed her name to Anne Ford I am told after my birth.
I was put up for adoption when I was 13 days and have never known my birth-parents/birth-siblings. It has always been my primary loss which has taken years to grieve/mourn. It was a group on Facebook called SEARCH SQUAD that helped me locate my half-brothers in England on Dec. 22, 2015 making that Christmas my most radiant. I starting communicating then with my half-brother, John and his wife, Rose. I have a niece over there by the name of Katie whose first note to me read: "You are most definitely my Auntie because you are the spitting image of your Mom, my Grandmother!!" Christmas 2015 was my most radiant Christmas ever! The New Year 2016 brought the first email from my brother, Michael, on January 3rd, 2016!
I have another photo for another post. In the midst of the hard work yet to be done in coming to terms with the symptoms of PTSD, this is a bright spot in my recovery path.
This photo was my niece's favorite photo of her Grandmother (my birth-Mom) in the 40's when she was very chic!!