A love to be remembered
Not knowing her birth parents for the first two years of her life meant she had missed out on what a loving mother and father looked like. Yet, this was about to change.
Yana shares, “When I was two years old, one wonderful woman opened up her heart and accepted me into her family.” Deeply moved and full of gratitude she says, “She became a real mother to me. Her love and care always surrounded and inspired me.” Through the actions of this kind-hearted woman, the love she had missed at the beginning of her life was being restored and renewed.
For the next twelve years, growing up in this family, she learned what selfless love looks like. She learned what it means to care for those who don’t have anyone. To welcome others into a family when theirs have left them.
Sadly, at the age of fourteen, her kind-hearted mum passed away due to cancer.
“It was painful and frustrating. It felt unfair and was so hard.” Yana conveys.
Though her mother’s friends had taken her into their family, she was deeply impacted by the trauma she had gone through. Battling with the hurt and pain she expresses, “I was resentful towards God and my fate. I stopped appreciating life and started living for my comfort. I started hanging out with the wrong crowds.”