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Fonda H. Neal is a mom, wife, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and neurodiversity advocate. She works in higher education as a graduate nursing program coordinator. By night, she's a holistic health practitioner with a passion for natural health.

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  1. Amazing perseverance! I’m sure you father was excited to see you, and what a blessing to have a stepmother who encouraged and embraced this reunion!

  2. Congratulations on your family connection. I have a similar story although I only went through ancestry.com.

  3. I am so excited for you ! I am a member of ancestry and have found family connections that we would have never know if it weren’t for the ancestry and one my cousin to find out we had another uncle!

  4. that was a good read.. sounds something like my story.. but i am much older.. my mother met my father at a uso dance. in 1940.. i did met him a few times .. when i was grown… but i know nothing about his family… my youngest daughter has been doing ancestry and did find some cousin on my fathers side…

  5. Wow!!! What an amazing journey to finding your father. I would love to know what was his reaction, did he know he had a daughter, I’m so intrigued. If you’ve shared your full story elsewhere, please let me know, I’d like to read it in its entirety. Kudos to you for never giving up!! I know so many stories similar to yours and it’s heartbreaking.

    • He was extremely happy and excited when we first spoke by phone and equally as much, if not more, when we met in person. I may one day expand on the story. Thank you for the encouragement :).

  6. I’m extremely over the moon happy for you. After 52 years, I found my birth daughter. She was doing quite well for the first time in one hell of a long time I didn’t have to worry I asked God to take care of her, and God did.

  7. I think it’s great that you found your father and have reconnected. You have inspired me to do 23 and me to find my birth family.

  8. I am so happy that you were able to connect with your father. I also searched for years to connect with my birth father. I wish you peace and joy as you add this new chapter in your life.

  9. Holding back the tears as I read your story. A story of love, bravery, commitment, excitement, anticipation, persistence, faith…. So proud of you and very happy that you were blessed to find your Father. And even more happy that you all have developed a wonderful relationship. May this story give hope and determination to many who have been in search of their love ones. Love you my sister…Y

  10. I am so happy for you. I found out who my father was 2 years ago on my birthday which was the same day of his funeral. I now have a brother and a little sister. I was hurt because everyone else knew he was my dad except for me. I believe all children should know who their parents and siblings are.

  11. I am so happy for you. Everyone deserves to know where they come from. I’m so glad that your paternal family was so welcoming. Your stepmom mom sounds like an amazing mom. I know this wasn’t easy for your mom but she sounds equally amazing. She put your desire to know your dad ahead of any unpleasant memories or feelings that she had. You are blessed to have answers and to be surrounded by acceptance and love. To be surrounded by a mom who did the most, in raising an amazing woman, your maternal family and now your paternal family is nothing short of amazing. Every child deserves your happy ending.

  12. Simplicity a story of persistence and perseverance that ultimately rewarded a patiently lady her most life desire by faith.

  13. Good Afternoon Fonda. I am the sister of your new found sister Tracy. This story is so inspiring to me. I also want to find my father. I was born and my mother never told him she was pregnant. I also just found out that my mother was my mother just 10 years ago. My Auntie raised me. Thank you for your story.

    • Hi Cynthia! It warms my heart that you are inspired by the story. I’m sending positive thoughts and encouragement that you will find your father as well! 🙂

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