From the January 2019 magazine.

Finding myself

An emotional journey to find her birth mother revealed a beautiful truth of her own

One of the beautiful things about recovery is the process of making amends. While I originally thought this would involve extensive apologies to people I had wronged while drinking, I have come to realize making amends is far deeper. It’s a process of making things right, healing open wounds and finding forgiveness.

Twelve years ago, when I was still drinking, I sought out my birth mother. At the time, I needed to know who she was and where I came from. So at age 32, and with three children of my own, I decided to pick up the phone one day to say, “Hello, my name is Lola. Did you give birth to a baby girl in New Orleans, Louisiana, in May of 1970?”

-- Tereson D.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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