You Are Not Defined By Your Past 

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.