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Dec 18, 2018
Adoption Reunion Advice
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Let’s support Stephanie with her petition!

Posted by Katharine

My name is Stephanie. Like many of you, I was adopted here in the U.S. as an infant. Do you feel as not only an adoptee, but as a human, that you have a right to updated medical information that pertains to you? Access to pertinent family medical history may have affected my life and well-being dramatically. Just before I turned 30 I was diagnosed bi-polar. This was after many suicide attempts, hospital stays and misdiagnoses in my 20's. Then a few years ago my son started to gain a lot of weight. We didn't think too much of it at first. However we then started to notice that he would feel faint if he hadn't eaten in several hours, but still didn't take him in. After 3 months of a steady weight increase and what I now know were "indicators", we took him to the doctor and after a simple blood test he was diagnosed with diabetes. As an adoptee the only medical information available to me is what came in my file at the time I was adopted. This information is out of date and should be updated at least every 10 yrs. or after a hereditary illness, and then made accessible. I was lucky to survive my 20's and if my medical history had been updated the diagnoses very well may have come sooner and with precautionary measures it may have saved myself and my family a lot of money and much emotional and physical distress. We definitely could have used updated medical information in the case of my son, who we would have taken in much sooner if we'd had an idea diabetes was in my lineage. If you feel as I do please go to the link you see here and sign my petition. If it doesn't take you directly to my petition then please copy and paste it into your browser and gain access in that way. It may help save a life. Stephaniehttp://chn.ge/2A5E6Wh

My name is Stephanie.

Like many of you, I was adopted here in the U.S. as an infant. Do you feel as not only an adoptee, but as a human, that you have a right to updated medical information that pertains to you?

Access to pertinent family medical history may have affected my life and well-being dramatically. Just before I turned 30 I was diagnosed bi-polar. This was after many suicide attempts, hospital stays and misdiagnoses in my 20's.

Then a few years ago my son started to gain a lot of weight. We didn't think too much of it at first. However we then started to notice that he would feel faint if he hadn't eaten in several hours, but still didn't take him in. After 3 months of a steady weight increase and what I now know were "indicators", we took him to the doctor and after a simple blood test he was diagnosed with diabetes.

As an adoptee the only medical information available to me is what came in my file at the time I was adopted. This information is out of date and should be updated at least every 10 yrs. or after a hereditary illness, and then made accessible.

I was lucky to survive my 20's and if my medical history had been updated the diagnoses very well may have come sooner and with precautionary measures it may have saved myself and my family a lot of money and much emotional and physical distress. We definitely could have used updated medical information in the case of my son, who we would have taken in much sooner if we'd had an idea diabetes was in my lineage.

If you feel as I do please go to the link you see here and sign my petition. If it doesn't take you directly to my petition then please copy and paste it into your browser and gain access in that way. It may help save a life.

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Giseleartiste63 says:

Thank you for sharing your story! I went through some similar life threatening issues as well. I have continued to be plagued with medical issues. The only medical info. I was able to obtain at age 18, a little late for some things; was that there were no serious medical illnesses in my family's background. WOW! I was happy to sign, and pray it saves a life.

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backnblack70 says:

The support and love you have shown me, Katharine, in this endeavor was beyond anything I could have hoped for! The blog is incredible! I hope it reaches many of my fellow adoptees on this site!! Let's go everyone!! This not only affects you, but your children and grandchildren!

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Katharine says:

Stephanie I'm so proud to post your story and a link to your petition. I just signed it myself, and I see you have almost 100 signatures. Let's see how many we can get everyone! It literally only takes 10 seconds to do.


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