It has taken me more than seven years to write Someone’s Daughter, a time which I now refer to as my “seven lean years”. When I was first diagnosed with depression and finally decided to confront my suspicions about my birth, I began to keep a journal, recording each event and my emotional response to it as it unfolded. Sometimes this was extremely difficult to do, as most of the experiences were exceptionally painful. But over time, I began to rely more and more upon the cathartic benefits of writing down my thoughts and feelings, and soon I had a whole collection of journals, which eventually formed the basis of this book.
God uses our life experiences and the choices we make in dealing with them to fulfil His purpose for us— the promulgation of His Gospel. Thus, just as He did with the Biblical Joseph and with me, He can turn any evil event into good, provided we submit to His will and allow Him to do so in His way and His time.
“There’s healing in the telling,” my psychiatrist once said to me, and I now know that to be true, not only for me, but hopefully also for all those who come to know my story. My earnest desire is that the healing that I experienced will be beneficial to other adoptees, which is the primary reason for this book.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).