Coming Monday: Uncovering Medical History

Every time I go to the doctor’s office, the doctor asks me about my medical history. My answer is always the same: “I’m adopted. I don’t know anything about my medical history.”

This is a common frustration for adoptees.

Fortunately, I’m no longer completely in the dark about the medical problems that run in my family.

If I learn nothing more about my biological kin, I will be grateful for the information I have about my birth mother’s health. Stay tuned. I’ll have more to say about medical history on Monday.

nice photo of Lillian and Howard
My birth mother, Lillian

3 thoughts on “Coming Monday: Uncovering Medical History

  1. Thank you for posting this! I am also an adoptee and I share your frustration with regard to medical history since I have no knowledge whatsoever about my biological parents’ medical history. I have attempted to contact the agency who handled my adoption several years ago but since I was born in 1969 in Florida, the records are sealed. So unless a biological relative miraculously stumbles upon my Facebook profile, I keep hitting road blocks.

  2. That’s too bad, George. Is there any effort under way in Florida to change the laws regarding adoption records? Up until 2012, I was a completely “undocumented” adoptee. Illinois changed the law, allowing adoptees to request their original birth certificates. That’s what I did and that document gave me a few tidbits concerning my birth mom. That birth certificate opened some doors for me. I wish you all the best in your search.

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