I am sharing my story because I want to erase the stigma adoption has and encourage people who can't have children of their own.
No child should be left behind.
I was born in Perm, Russia.
My family history still remains a mystery; however, I am trying to change that.
I was sent to an orphanage at the age of two. I don’t remember much of my time there.
At the age of three, a wonderful family adopted me.
Despite having wonderful adoptive parents, I am still interested in finding my birth parents.
I would like to ask them the same question I have been asking myself for years.
“Why did they give me away?”
To date, I have been able to overcome that fear of abandonment.
I no longer feel alone.
I am sharing my story because I want others to not be ashamed of their past.
We are not defined by our past.
After I was adopted, my perspective on life changed. Some say that life happens for a reason and even though I may not fully understand my story yet, I am much stronger now.
I am proud of how far I have come.