Melanie thought about the kid she gave up for adoption when he was a baby for decades. Then she came across him one day.
When people go through the adoption process, their biological parents are never seen or heard from again. However, the widespread availability of DNA testing has resulted in some touching stories about birth parents reuniting with their children and vice versa. Melanie Pressley’s life was forever transformed after she took a DNA test.
She became pregnant when she was 18 years old.
She was initially adamant about keeping the baby and raising him as her own. Her boyfriend at the time, who was opposed to her becoming a parent at such a young age, urged her to get an abortion. Melanie, on the other hand, was adamant about keeping the pregnancy.
After a while, she recognized that being a single mother at that age wasn’t feasible. As a result, she gave the kid up for adoption after giving birth.
She hardly got to hold the kid after giving birth.
Melanie was not allowed to hold her son on the day of his birth. She asked a nurse to allow her to hold him after a day, and the nurse agreed. However, everything had to be done fast and quietly. Melanie tells News5Cleveland the following:
“She said, ‘I’ll take you into a private room so she can hold him,’ and ‘Take as much time as you need.’ My sister took a picture of me holding him at that point, and that was the last image I had of him for the next thirty-three years. That was the only image of him I had.”
Melanie would think about the infant more than normal on his birthday every year.
Melanie married and had three more children after the adoption. She seemed to be leading a relatively happy and satisfied life. However, she couldn’t stop thinking about the baby she had given up for adoption. It became more apparent around June 17th, the birthday of her first child. Even though she thought about the child, she felt a unique sense of melancholy on that specific day.
Melanie thought about her kid for 33 years while he grew up and lived a good life.
After a loving family adopted him in Virginia, Greg was the baby’s name. His parents told him he was adopted when he was ten years old. Despite the shocking news, he handled it with ease. He didn’t know anything about his birth parents and didn’t go out of his way to find out for a long time. He declares:
“I’ve never been very curious. ‘I don’t see a star who looks like me,’ or ‘No one who is a king or queen in some foreign nation resembles me,’ I’d always joke. And I always said it was a joke. It was just my way of having that quick response in my back pocket whenever someone asked; I’d never actually given it any serious thought.”
Greg had a great life. He graduated from high school, married, and had his children.
He decided after many years that he wanted to learn more about his past. Thankfully, 23 and I was having a sale at the time.
“One night, my wife and I were sitting and talking, and I said, ‘I don’t know anything about my medical history, genetics, or where I’m from.’ And there was some sort of 23andMe campaign going on. As a result, I took the exam.”
Melanie recognized she wanted to discover the son she had put up for adoption about the same time. Gregory’s mother died in 2019, the same year he joined 23andMe.
Melanie waited until Spring 2021 to do her DNA test.
She received her results relatively fast after taking the test. Gregory Vossler seemed like a good fit for her. Melanie had a strong suspicion he was her son, so she sent him a note.
She asked the question she had been hoping to hear for a long time as soon as they could certify their relationship. She was curious as to whether he was content. Gregory affirmed that he had led a happy and fulfilling life.
Melanie and Gregory eventually decided to meet after months of emails and texts.
They were both cautious, wanting to make sure they were related before getting their hopes up. Gregory did, however, eventually drive to Ohio.
It was the very first time they had heard each other’s voices. They talked for 17 hours straight after their emotional reunion. Gregory also had the opportunity to meet many of his birth family’s relatives.
They’re starting to work on their relationship more now, and they’re becoming closer.
Since his visit, Gregory has been invited to family weddings to see his birth mother, and he continues to communicate with Melanie. Melanie and her husband are also planning a trip to Virginia to meet Gregory’s relatives.
Both mother and son are enthusiastic about their new relationship. Melanie told Cleveland’s News 5:
“I’m just thrilled that the ball is moving, and I’m going to take it all in and appreciate it.” Enjoy the small ones whenever we have the chance to see them.”
Gregory has also learned a lot about how much love he has inside of him:
“It’s a fantastic sensation.” And that goes to show that there’s always room for families to develop and more love to be shared among them.”
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