Collette Glazebrook BPsychSc, DipFP
This book is not solely for those who have been touched by adoption. Collette’s writing intentionally embodies an emotional honesty and rawness that engages the reader in the hope that they may find a little of themselves woven into her ‘untold’ story of search and reunion with her birth family history.
What would you do if you woke up one day, shortly after attending the birth of your first grandchild and having recently resigned from an extensive and successful career in the corporate world of finance, with news of nine siblings that you did not know you had? Could you stay on track with a decade of search to find the eight who were also adopted and the one who wasn’t ...but knew absolutely nothing of her mother’s early life? How would you go about finding every one of them?
This heart-stopping true story follows the twists and turns that held so many secrets, more than Collette could ever have imagined. “I just wanted to find my birthmother and see her with my own eyes and dare I even think it ... gently touch her hand.”
“On Reflection” at the end of each chapter touches on key ‘private logic’ elements of Collette’s journey of facing the fears while photos capture moments that existed for only a fraction of a second yet tell their own story. Quotes and poems expose what were starting points and inspiration for Collette as she answered the call to see her life from the inside out.
The chapter headings tell it all ... The awakening; Lifting the Lid; Moving...moving...moving; Siblings!!; Number 10 arrives; Where are you Mum?; Surprise, Surprise; Not according to my fantasy; Boys, boys, boys; OH NO! I didn’t want to find this; Wide Awake.
“No one ever told me it was possible to feel this good at 58!!!” became Collette’s favourite saying at the time of publishing Facing the Fears in hard copy in 2007. Be curious ... this is one of those hard to put down books that consistently elicits the word ‘inspirational’ from readers.
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