A woman given up for adoption as a baby was in search of answers. After her biological mother refused to name her dad, she took matters into her own hands and eventually found him 56 years later.

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Adoption stories aren’t always black or white. Sometimes, they come with deep backstories worthy of exploration.

For children who eventually find out that they were adopted, searching for their backstories and finding answers to their many questions is a way for them to find closure, to find out who they truly are and where they came from.

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Finding Out Her Origins

Deanna Shrodes knew that she wouldn’t be able to raise a family without knowing her own history. She searched for her biological parents until years later, when she was 27, she came across her mother.

Initially, her biological mother, Sally King, wasn’t keen on meeting her. However, Deanna was determined, and she showed up at Sally’s doorstep unannounced one day.

Deanna and Sally reconnected then and they stayed in touch for 20 years until Sally passed away. Through the years, Sally barely mentioned Deanna’s dad—she refused to even tell her his name.

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Her Mom Took Her Dad’s Name to The Grave

Deanna knew too late that her mother was suffering from cancer. She died in 2019, shortly after her diagnosis, taking Deanna’s father’s identity to the grave.

Deanna thought that was it and she would never meet her biological dad. However, she remembered some information that her mother had told her— he was Greek and lived in Virginia.

With the help of her friends and some volunteers, she created a Facebook group where they posted updates about finding him. She also registered with several DNA registries, hoping at least one would match her with her dad.

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God Whispered Her Dad’s Name

It took ten long years of searching. As she started to lose hope, Deanna turned to her God for help. Her faith didn’t disappoint her. While she was praying, she believe God whispered his name to her. She recalled:

“I told my husband, I told my best friend Laura… I said ‘Listen, guys, you might think I’m crazy, but I was in prayer. God spoke to me: Your father’s name is Gus.'”

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She Found a Match

After a while, Deanna finally matched with a cousin on one of the DNA registries. She reached out, and her cousin replied, “I think you’re my Uncle Gus’ daughter.”

Gus Nicholas lived in Richmond, Virginia, all his life. He was 92 years old, a retired ballroom dance instructor, and a bachelor all his life.

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Deanna was prepared to find a grave, but to her surprise, she found a person. Her dad was alive, and she couldn’t believe it.

That morning, Gus woke up alone. Only hours later, he had a daughter, a son-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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She Reached Out to Her Dad

The day after getting in touch with her cousin, she called her dad. “My heart was beating out of my chest,” Deanna admitted. “I was like, ‘What is this going to be like? And is he going to accept me? Is he going to want to see me?'”

All her worries disappeared when she realized Gus was glad to have found his daughter. “I’m not alone in the world anymore,” he emotionally told her.

That morning, Gus woke up alone. Only hours later, he had a daughter, a son-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He had a family!

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Deanna Traveled to Be With Gus

Within the same week, Deanna traveled to the nursing where Gus lived. He had suffered a fall and was found lying on the floor, so he was deemed no longer able to care for himself since then.

For the very first time, father and daughter shared a warm embrace the moment they met. It was a special moment they would never forget.

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“Please don’t let me die in here. Don’t let me die in here,” Gus begged his daughter. And although they were strangers at that point, Deanna did the unthinkable: she asked her dad to live with her.

From Virginia, they relocated Gus to Florida, where Deanna and her family’s guest room turned into his bedroom. Their story is a testament of unconditional love and forgiveness.

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Making Up for 56 Years

During Deanna’s time with Gus, there was nothing she wanted more than to get to know the dad she only met 56 years after her birth. She cared for him until his death in December 2022.

Deanna penned a touching message on Facebook following his death, saying: “He will always be the greatest miracle” that she has ever experienced. Weeks later, she claimed she didn’t plan to stop talking about her dad. After all, it took her 56 years to get to know him.

In another inspiring story about new beginnings, a young girl reunites with her first love 52 years after they were forbidden to marry and they gave their love a second shot.

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