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“EVERYONE HAS A STORY.

LIVE YOURS.” 

 

Most people don’t remember their childhood; but I’ve learned that I am different from most people, for I did not have the luxury of forgetting.

The memories made in the first 12 years of my life were painted with shades of poverty, loss, and a dim hope for a better life.

A hope that acted as my only survival method.

A hope that got me where I am today - 5,500 miles across the world.

5,500 miles of separation between myself and the life I was destined to live; or the lack thereof.

I said goodbye to my birth mother at the age of 12, not realizing that I would never see her again.

I never met my father.

I don’t have many memories from attending school, but I learned early on what alcoholism is, what starvation feels like, and what sacrifice means.

For me, it took leaving the place I called home, to find a better life in America. It took saying goodbye to my mother, sister, relatives and friends, and saying hello a new set of family and friends.

At 12 years old I was adopted from an orphanage in Chebarkul’, Russia to a family in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Adoption changed my life.

Adoption opened a door into a new world; and forced me to close the door to everything I had ever known.

I am here today to tell my story.

The story of how I overcame my own odds.

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