For one Oklahoma woman’s entire life, she never felt like she really belonged in her family, and shortly after her parents passed away, she finally discovered the reason why.
“My adopted parents made their whole life mission to make me feel like I was loved,” said 52-year-old Sharon Glidden. “I was a happy kid and I just accepted what they told me.” Glidden, a hospice nurse, cared for both her parents as they got older until their deaths in 2007 and 2011, and shortly after started to research her family history on Acenstry.com.
However, when Glidden sent in a DNA sample, rather than match her with her parents Theodore Hotaling and Edna Gallo, the site matched her DNA with a paternal sister and a woman named Donna Pavey, who the site claimed was her mother. “I called my aunt in New York, I didn’t even get half the sentence out and she said, ‘Yes honey, you were adopted,” Glidden said.
Glidden reached out to Pavey to find out the truth, and two days later the two were finally reunited. “It feels like I lived my whole life for that moment,” Glidden said. “It was just beyond anything I could hope to dream for because I never felt like I belonged but here, it was immediate. I’m not letting any of them go.”
“From the time I conceived her, I wanted her,” said Pavey, whose parents forced her to give away her daughter because she was just 18 years old. “I prayed and prayed and as soon as I saw [pictures of] the adopted mother I said, ‘Thank you, Lord, for taking care of my baby.'”
Since being reunited, Pavey explained she has ‘a whole heart for the first time in my life.'”I couldn’t let her go. She was so beautiful,” Pavey said about the moment she met her daughter. “My mom was a great mom, but it was almost like something was missing with her,” said Donna Shaw, one of Pavey’s other daughters. “It was like this indescribable sadness that was always there. When Sharon came into this picture, it was like this instant healing.”
Watch the entire video below to see the incredible moment this daughter meets her mother for the first time in her life.
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[Featured image: ABC News]