Pam Cordano & Anne HefFron Write
Anne Heffron and I recently created an adoptee retreat. A dream for both of us. As an adoptee, I’ve attended and facilitated many non-adoptee retreats, and the little adoptee in me has always benefitted, but privately, because the retreats had nothing specifically to do with adoption. So to create a retreat centered on the healing of adoptees—Wow! How cool is that?!
Two things happened after Anne posted our retreat invitation on Facebook. First, a woman emailed me privately asking how I’ve healed enough to help other adoptees. Let me just say upfront that my adoption was complicated. I was born, neglected, starved and physically abused for 6 months before being adopted. A good Samaritan psychiatrist had me removed from my mother 3 times in 1965 before CPS was formed. He probably saved my life. Needless to say, I have a traumatized brain and have had a lot to overcome. By 6 months I had stopped crying and smiling, so it took a while to get my face and body unfrozen. But healing myself and others as much as possible is my passion, my life’s work. And I believe in it.