Facebook can do so much. It can alert you to the news of the day--or the news of your friends and family. It can deliver LOL-worthy videos of cute critters, two- and four-legged. It can mark you as safe if you're, heaven forbid, near a tragedy. And for Kate-Madonna Hinds, the social media site was able to finish a love story started 34 years ago.
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Hinds, a mom of two in St. Paul, MN, has had cervical cancer multiple times. Recently, she had an colorectal cancer scare--and was told she's probably carrying the BRCA-2 gene that ups the risk of breast and other types of cancer. That's when she knew she had to get serious about finding her birth mother--and finish the paperwork she'd started over three years earlier.
It took a while for the agency to get back to her, but they had found her file--with a letter her birth mom had written to her daughter explaining her actions in 1981. So Hinds posted a pic of the letter on Facebook in case anyone in her cancer survivors group had a connection to Aimée Sordelli, of Illinois.
In less than two hours, someone who'd seen the post had contacted her birth mother. In less than 24 hours, the two women had connected on social media.
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The two had a reunion in Saint Paul last week. Sordelli stayed a few days, met her grandchildren, and caught up with the daughter she'd given up years ago. She herself is also a cancer survivor, so the two could share their medical history. And, even more importantly, the two women were able to renew a relationship.
Watch the video of their reunion below.
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