Linda and Laura
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After a night of talking, Linda and Laura sit together on Oprah's stage. In 24 hours since she's met her mother, Laura says she's experienced every emotion. "Now I'm just facing reality. It is a reality," she says. "And I don't want it to end."

Linda says it felt surreal waking up and knowing her daughter. Still, she says she struggled after she learned Laura's life was not what she hoped for her baby. "I had a fantasy life for Laura. I had her in a castle having this great life. And that's not what was there," Linda says. "But looking at her and being so proud of her and all of her accomplishments and seeing her brother and her together just melts my heart knowing that she's not alone. And she loves me as much as I love her."

FROM: Reunited After 42 Years: A Mother's Desperate Search
Published on February 18, 2010

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