Julie is adopted. She is also a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers? Which becomes an issue for Julie when, at forty-eight years old, she finds herself facing several serious health issues. To launch the probe into her closed adoption, Julie first needs the support of her sister. The twins talk things over, and make a pact: Julie will approach their adoptive parents for the adoption paperwork and investigate search options, and the sisters will split the costs involved in locating their birth relatives. But their adoptive parents aren’t happy that their daughters want to locate their birth parents?and that is only the first of many obstacles Julie will come up against as she digs into her background. Julie’s search for her birth relatives spans years and involves a search agency, a PI, a confidential intermediary, a judge, an adoption agency, a social worker, and a genealogist. By journey’s end, what began as a simple desire for a family medical history has evolved into a complicated quest?one that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are literally right next door. Drop In with us to take the wild ride to finding the truth.
Julie Ryan McGue is an identical twin and an adoptee. Her writing centers on finding out who you really are, where you belong, and making sense of it. Julie writes a weekly blog, and a monthly column for her local paper, called That Girl This Life. Her work has been featured in Brevity Nonfiction Blog, Lifetime Adoption Adoptive Families Blog, Severance Magazine, and Adoption.com. She and her husband split their time between NW Indiana and Sarasota. If she is not on her laptop, Julie is on the tennis court, or out exploring with her Nikon. Julie is currently working on a collection of personal essays and a second memoir. Julie’s unforgettable family story will make you weep, give you insights through her psychology background, and fill you with inspiration for the loves that she has found. Drop In with Julie!Leave a comment for radio show guests