Rosemarie and Melissa

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Now that Melissa and Rosemarie have broken the emotional ice, Gary says the key is for them to keep on going. "[There was a] change in Melissa when her mom just looked at her and talked to her as though she was 10 years old. [Rosemarie] said how much she thought she was wonderful and how much she loved her. Just for you to be able to continue to say those beautiful, real thoughts and feelings to your daughter is immeasurable as far as the good that it does for the two of you."

Melissa and Rosemarie say they plan to continue their conversations. "We had a wonderful experience and a wonderful couple of days without anyone else," Melissa says. "No one can take away the understanding that we have now of each other."