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An Open Letter to My Birth Father

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Dear Julio:

I have never taken the time to write you a letter expressing to you how I feel.  I have been actively searching for you for at least a decade now, and my search has taken me around twists and turns -- to shocking information and to mysteries that remain to be solved.  The day before Father's Day felt very triggering and emotional for me as I began to face the realization that I will be 50 this year and still do not know who you are.

Some people do not understand my need to know who you are and the tenacity of my search.  They say, "why open Pandora's Box?"  and "let sleeping dogs lie."  They can't imagine spending hundreds of dollars on DNA tests and spending hundreds of hours studying family trees in an effort to locate one human being. Others deeply understand this far-reaching void and have been actively supporting me in my quest.

I will never stop searching for you.   I am not physically, emotionally or spiritually capable of letting yo…