When those sisters posted a photo of themselves holding a sign asking for a million likes so they could get a puppy, it went crazy viral (and they earned the puppy). Soon after their viral sign idea was popping up everywhere and inspired a whole bunch of imitators, without as much fanfare. But this viral sign holder’s story is just heartwarming and deserves the before mentioned fanfare.
Last Sunday, 21-year-old Jenessa Simons posted a photo on Facebook in a quest to find her birth parents. She held a large sign that gave details of her birth from where she was born, when she was born, the name they had given her and the fact that her parents were both just 16 years old at the time of her birth back in 1991.
After a whole bunch of shares, likes and comments, Ms. Simons’s wish came true. She found her birth mother as a result of posting the photo. “A friend that attended high school with my birth parents contacted me, and sent my birth mother the link to an article that ksl.com did on me. My birth mother contacted me, and has also given me information on my birth father!”
“She did send me a message on Facebook and said, ‘I think I’m your birth mother. I can’t believe it’s you. I’ve waited all this time’,” Ms. Simons said to ABC News in Utah. The daughter was reportedly cautious since other people had contacted her with false claims. But the woman who turned out to be her real birth mother gave her information that only she would know, like that Jenessa had been born via caesarean section. What sealed it was when she had photographic proof. Ms. Simons said, “then she sent pictures of me as a baby that my mother had given her.”
Ms. Simons is thrilled with the outcome and was in apparently in awe of the power of social media. “I found my birth mother just because 70,000 people shared that picture and took one second of their day to hit share and I found my family.”
The mother and daughter will probably be meeting in person someday soon and she is still on the hunt for her birth father. Jenessa wants to thank them for putting her up for adoption since she was raised by a “loving family.” Ms. Simons would also like to help others on the search for the birth families, saying on her Facebook page, “I hope that once I change this page over to a group, all of you will help others searching for their parents just like you did for me. This has been amazing so far!”
An amazing story with an amazing ending!
Do you think we’ll be seeing even more of those viral searches, quests and approvals in the near future?
Photo Source: Facebook/ Janella Simons