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Oct 1, 2019

CTW003 Love, Grief, and Home with Diane Dewey


Diane Dewey’s story began in a German orphanage. After being adopted at the tender age of one and moving to America, she connected with her Swiss biological father at the age of 47. She set out on a journey to find her German mother and learn more about her roots. Following her quest, she wrote Fixing the Fates: An Adoptee’s Story of Truth and Lies, an award-winning memoir based on her personal history to discover the truth about her biological parents. Diane holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Villanova University in Liberal Arts, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, and is the founder of the Realization of Art, an art appraisal business. She has published multiple art reviews in Artes Magazine and participated in several writing workshops around the world.


Diane joins me today to share her story of love, grief, and home. She shares what it was like to grow up knowing she was adopted and why she was surprised to learn that her father was actively searching for her. She explains how she developed her sense of identity as an adoptee and why your identity is more dependent on your personal perspective and narrative rather than those of others. She also shares how her journey to find her roots motivated her to study mental health counseling and liberal arts and what inspired her to share her story through her memoir.




“In the end, your identity is your own construct. It’s the narrative that you’re telling yourself.” - Diane Dewey




This week on Coffee Table Wisdom:


  • What it was like to grow up knowing she was adopted
  • Why Diane was shocked to learn that her father was actively searching for her
  • How she answers the universal question: “Who am I and where do I belong?” as an adoptee
  • How reuniting with her father helped her finally answer unanswered questions
  • Diane’s unique perspective on what destiny really is and how we co-create it
  • How her journey to find her roots influenced her decision to become a mental health counselor and artist
  • Her quest to find her biological mother and how she stays connected with her maternal and paternal biological family
  • Why she decided to write her memoir



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