Adoption, Abuse, Acceptance: Finally Saying What I Find So Difficult To Speak.

Coming to terms with life at mid-passage.

Mindy Stern
The Memoirist
Published in
9 min readMar 28, 2024

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Photo by Dan Belitsky

CW: sexual and physical abuse

Sometimes I wonder what it would’ve been like, the other life, the first life, the kept life; the life where she named me Caroline instead of Baby Girl. Would she have told my father? Would she have found him…

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