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In August 1952, a county hospital in a California farm town discharged two newborn boys with the wrong families.
In April 2003, I was teaching middle school English and recovering from the end of a twenty-two-year marriage. I had recently been diagnosed me with diabetes, long-term sleep deprivation, sleep apnea, and a large brain tumor. That's the moment I first heard that I had been switched at birth.
The discovery triggered an emotional meltdown that led to alcohol and substance abuse, a string of teaching jobs, unemployment, homelessness, and months in veterans' hospitals and programs.
ADRIFT, How Discovering I Was Switched at Birth Changed My Life at Fifty is a memoir about loss of identity, a record of coming back from psychological trauma, and a commentary on family, social change, and growing up in America.
This book includes access to the 250 photos, documents, and videos that make the enhanced ebook version of ADRIFT, How Discovering I Was Switched at Birth Changed My Life at Fifty a multimedia experience.
An Army veteran, teacher, father, grandfather, and researcher, I am now working on two projects: an autobiographical novel and a compilation of seventy-five historical interviews with northern New Mexico Hispanics born circa 1900.
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