YOU (South Africa) - - LIFESTYLE - Was wo­ven into the fab­ric of this fam­ily from the time you were adopted and con­tin­ued to be more strongly wo­ven through it as the years went by. You’re adding your own pat­tern to the beau­ti­ful fab­ric of this fam­ily as you go through life to­gether. One day

My par­ents told me yes­ter­day that I’m adopted and I feel as if the bot­tom has fallen out of my world.

I was so proud of our fam­ily his­tory and the fact that my par­ents and most of my aunts and un­cles are pro­fes­sional peo­ple.

I’m in grade 12 and have worked re­ally hard at school be­cause I also want to go to univer­sity like my fam­ily. But now I’ve dis­cov­ered they aren’t re­ally my fam­ily – it feels as if my whole life is a sham and that I’ve worked so hard for noth­ing! Me­lany, email

You’re lucky to have been adopted by a fam­ily with pride, a strong sense of tra­di­tion and the mo­ti­va­tion to achieve in life. As an adopted child you may not have the same DNA, but your his­tory

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