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32 minutes | 15 days ago
Lindsay - And Her Hundred Siblings
Donor conception gets a lot of press these days, particularly because of the prolific donations in the US resulting in tens, if not hundreds, of siblings in some cases. Lindsay is one such donor conceived person, who inconceivably has decided she has unfair expectations of her donor, a mere nine months into the discovery. Although, that wasn’t the first time she discovered she was donor conceived - she was 18 when mom first tried to tell her. With the help of an amazing group of new biological siblings, Lindsay has adapted to her DNA discovery in impressive ways.If you or anyone you know is interested in sharing your DNA discovery, contact Jodi & Christina at email@example.com.
1 minutes | 16 days ago
35 minutes | a month ago
Brad - A Late Discovery Adoptee
Every so often we hear a story that puts our mouths agape, which is saying something considering the nature of our podcast. You may find this true when you hear how Brad learned of his adoption. Family secrets occur for many reasons and are met with a myriad of responses when an adoptee learns their story for the first time. And sometimes the shock just keeps coming. It certainly did for Brad, an active law enforcement officer, when he learned his biological father’s identity. Trust us. You want to hear this one. If you or anyone you know is interested in sharing your DNA discovery, contact Jodi & Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 minutes | a month ago
Enjoy this sneak peek of the next episode of Sex, Lies & The Truth. This may be the most shocking DNA story we've ever told, trust me!
34 minutes | a month ago
Jodi - Part 2
Jodi’s story and candid conversation with Christina continues in this second part to the series. Not one to talk about herself often, Jodi opens up about trust issues she never knew she had and the effects of the discovery on family dynamics that haunt her to this day. If you ever wondered how a therapist would handle upsetting family dynamics, this is your opportunity to compare what you would do. Equal parts heartwarming acceptance from new family, and estrangement from known family, Jodi’s story describes what’s possible along the journey and what’s wrong with family secrets. The effects of misattributed parentage (MPE), aka non-paternal event or not parent expected (NPE), is far reaching and long lasting. Jodi talks openly about the effects and the journey, lending a bit of the professional insight that helped her cope. Of course, there’s a country song in there somewhere.If you or someone you know would like to share their DNA discovery story, contact Jodi and Christina at email@example.com. Get to know Christina’s work as a #dnasleuth at www.dnasleuth.com and Jodi’s work with #parentalidentitydiscovery at www.jkrabb.com.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
Tom Dreesen - A Comic's NPE Story
In the Season 3 finale, we are pleased to present actor, comic, motivational speaker, author and NPE, Tom Dreesen. Tom began his career as one half of the first black and white comedy duo with Tim Reid, went on to hold roles on tv and film, hosted the Tonight Show in David Letterman’s absence and opened for some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names, including Frank Sinatra whom he developed a very close relationship with. Despite a long list of professional accolades, Tom’s proudest achievement is being awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award for humanitarian service to his country, because of the connection it represented to his father.A celebrated comic, Tom has a special way of telling a story; we’ve never heard an NPE story told quite this way before. Hear how Tom learned who his father was, who knew, and the promise he made to his mother. You’ll be inspired by a funny, charismatic man Frank Sinatra said “is a brilliant comedian and a master, Master of ceremonies.” You can find his new book Still Standing: My Journey from Streets and Saloons to the Stage and Sinatra everywhere books are sold.Look for Season 4 in late 2020. In the meantime, if you, or someone you know would like to be featured on an episode, contact Jodi and Christina at www.sexliesandthetruth.com.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
27 minutes | 5 months ago
Eve Sturges is a therapist who was minding her own business until a life-changing message found its way to her, making her an NPE. She talks about resilience, synchronicity, the inevitability of life-changing news, and the repairs she made with her parents.Learn more about Eve’s LA-based therapy practice at www.evesturges.la and her podcast Everything’s Relative where you listen to podcasts.Do you, or someone you know, want to be featured on an episode of Sex, Lies & the Truth? Get in touch with us at www.sexliesandthetruth.com and learn more about Jodi and Christina.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
Richard's Three Dads
Richard always had a hunch he was not his father's son. This is the story of the ultimate discovery based on intuition and the changes in identity and family dynamics that result. Get to know Richard and his family and how he's dealt with this life changing revelation.If you, or someone you know, would like to be featured on the podcast contact Jodi or Christina at www.sexliesandthetruth.com
43 minutes | 6 months ago
Jodi - A Peak Behind the Curtain
As a co-host of the podcast, Jodi has given snippets of her NPE experience alongside the guests, and in the episode with her brother Sean in season one. In this first installment of a multi-part series, we take a deep dive into Jodi's story of TWO NPE revelations with three dads, and how Christina guided her through the process. Jodi speaks candidly about family dynamics and emotional turmoil, giving you a peak behind the curtain, if you will.Jodi merged the personal experience of being an NPE with her expertise as a Marriage & Family Therapist to pioneer the first, and only, treatment protocol dedicated to the DNA discovery population, Parental Identity Discovery™, a curriculum she teaches in addition to using in her clinical work with patients. Read more about Jodi on her website www.jkrabb.com Learn about Christina's work on her website www.dnasleuth.com
28 minutes | 8 months ago
Libby Copeland writes extensively about the NPE experience in her new book The Lost Family. Have questions about the origins of the various commercial DNA testing companies? She's got the answers. Wonder how the discovery of falsified parentage will affect society? Libby's on it. This isn't your typical Sex, Lies and The Truth episode.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
Alesia & the Would-be Governor
Christina and Jodi are back with a new format after a long, unexpected hiatus. Sometimes life gets in the way, which no one understands better than someone who discovered a surprise DNA revelation, like an NPE. Alecia was a woman minding her own business, rehabbing after a significant medical surgery, when she discovered she wasn't the daughter of the man who raised her. The search for her father took some twists and turns, involved rejection, misdirection and eventually a sense of family with newly found second cousin, Janet. Ultimately, Alecia turned this experience into a passion for helping others in her position and is a partner in spearheading the Right to Know, an organization devoted to helping craft legislation for those in the NPE, donor conception and adoption worlds to know where their genetic identity comes from. Get to Know Alecia's work at www.righttoknow.us. Sex, Lies and the Truth is written and produced by Christina Bryan Fitzgibbons and Jodi Klugman-Rabb, LMFT. Visit www.sexliesandthetruth.com to learn more or to contact the hosts.
48 minutes | 2 years ago
Katie - Part 2
We promised a sequel to Katie and Joe From the Shore and here it is! In this episode, you will learn if Joe is really Katie's father, the fall out with her mom and the lasting impact the discovery has made for Katie - hint - grief isn't just for those who lost someone through death. Be sure to listen to the end for another surprise, this time about Katie herself. We love surprises, now that our own DNA surprises are out of the way!Learn more about Jodi's work with fellow NPE and Parental Identity Discovery™ at www.jkrabb.com or www.parentalidentitydiscovery.com Learn about how Christina works to find your family at www.dnasleuth.com.
64 minutes | 2 years ago
BK - And the Other Shoe
Our second episode of season two is a fascinating story told by author and NPE, BK. BK is far along in her process of discovering family and identity so tells her story with a soothing calm to make you feel your mind was just massaged. Learn about tenacity, gambling, the importance of the Social Security Administration and what happens when the other shoe drops. If you believe in the paranormal we have an added bit at the end just for you. BK writes as well as she speaks so you'll love her recent article for the Huffington Post. She has also just launched the digital Severance Magazine devoted to the NPE community, with a little interview featuring our own Jodi Klugman-Rabb. Learn more about Jodi's work with fellow NPE and Parental Identity Discovery™ at www.jkrabb.com or www.parentalidentitydiscovery.com. Learn about how Christina works to find your family at www.dnasleuth.com
49 minutes | 2 years ago
Karen - Welcome to the Tribe
It’s all in the family with episode 1 of season 2. Karen shares her story of NPE discovery – discovering she Jewish while traveling on a train in Europe, what it was like engaging mom in the truth, and learning about her biological father from three new brothers. One of those brothers shares his discovery of Karen and how he and his siblings found a stronger bond amongst themselves from finding her. Karen’s cousin also shares the perspective of the new family being contacted, with advice on how to approach it if you’re the family being contacted. This is an encouraging tale of family listening and embracing new members.Learn more about Jodi's work with fellow NPE and Parental Identity Discovery™ at www.jkrabb.com or www.parentalidentitydiscovery.com Learn about how Christina works to find your family at www.dnasleuth.com. www.sexliesandthetruth.com
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Synchronicity with Sky
Jodi calls it intuition, adoption work refers to it as the inalienable bond of biology. The undeniable but perplexing instinct that we don't fit in seems to play a big role in many Parental Identifier/NPE experiences. Sky Nelson-Isaacs, physicist and musician, explains his theory on synchronicity and flow and how it relates to healing the pain of disconnection and grief - central characteristics of discovering misled and falsified parentage.Fresh off the release of his new book, Living in Flow: The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World, we interview Sky on how his work relates to the NPE experience and explains the seemingly random events that lead to our discoveries. You'll learn about the importance of the apple tree, the use of metaphor and the LORRAX - not the Dr. Seuss kind.A special musical bonus at the end - we play out the podcast with Sky's original song, Stand for Me, that feels like it was written specifically for the Parental Identity Discovery™ community. Learn more about Jodi's work with fellow NPE and Parental Identity Discovery™ at www.jkrabb.com or www.parentalidentitydiscovery.com. Learn about how Christina works to find your family at www.dnasleuth.com. Reach Sky at www.facebook.com/skynelsonisaacs/ and www.livinginflowbook.com
47 minutes | 2 years ago
Catherine The Great
Most people freak out when they discover DNA revelations like your parent really isn't your biological parent. Catherine did that too, but transitioned that feeling into an online support community for Not Parent Expected (what I call Parental Identity Discovery™) called DNA NPE Gateway on Facebook. It has received a ton of national media attention ranging from articles in the Atlantic to appearances on Dr. Oz, CBS This Morning and The Today Show, to name a few.Catherine joins the podcast to discuss the personal impact of Parental Identity Discovery™ and the real reason people take the chance to reach out and connect with newly discovered biological family. She takes us through the groups plans to expand their legal influence and makes a great plug for therapy.Learn more about Jodi's work with fellow NPE and Parental Identity Discovery™ at www.jkrabb.com or www.parentalidentitydiscovery.com. Learn about how Christina works to find your family at www.dnasleuth.com. Find Catherine's group at DNA NPE Gateway. Admittance is granted upon answering a few questions to verify NPE status.
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Aaryn and "Sperm Donor Gary"
Join the wild and funny ride as we learn from Aaryn the surprising benefits of scouring through phone books to find her biological father. Aaryn has a rich history spanning intergenerational custody, foster care and biological family that will warm your heart. We know not all family relationships are sunshine and roses, but the relationship Aaryn has with her newly discovered biological sister, Jen, is everything you want it to be. If this one doesn't get you wanting to research more of your ancestry, you have no heart.See pictures of our interviews and family trees on the podcast webpage www.sexliesandthetruth.com.Learn more about Jodi's work with fellow NPE and Parental Identity Discovery™ at www.jkrabb.com or www.parentalidentitydiscovery.com. Learn about how Christina works to find your family at www.dnasleuth.com.
49 minutes | 2 years ago
Sean - Long Time Listener, First Time Caller
Jodi discovered her own DNA story in 2017, when she met her older brother, Sean. In this episode Sean talks with the dynamic duo over the phone about the impact of discovering hidden family on the kids and spouses as well as finding his secret sister.Jodi and Sean's story is a happy one, where everyone feels better for having met one another and is nurturing a strong bond. It's unusual in that happy ending, but every happy ending comes with some struggle.Learn more about Jodi's work with fellow NPE and Parental Identity Discovery™ at www.jkrabb.com or www.parentalidentitydiscovery.com. Learn about how Christina works to find your family at www.dnasleuth.com.
57 minutes | 2 years ago
Anthony - Christina's Surprise Cousin
Anthony discovers he's Christina's cousin and wins the genealogy jackpot when she tracks down his biological parents. Anthony talks about the outcome of a night on the river, what it feels like to be a secret, and being adopted. Finding biological parents isn't always sunshine and roses; being in reunion is tricky business for some people - especially when they're not honest about the facts.Learn more about Jodi's work with fellow NPE and Parental Identity Discovery™ at www.jkrabb.com or www.parentalidentitydiscovery.com. Learn about how Christina works to find your family at www.dnasleuth.com
48 minutes | 2 years ago
Katie & "Joe from The Shore"
Join hip psychotherapist, Jodi Klugman-Rabb and genealogical investigator, Christina Fitzgibbons as they explore the shocking results of DNA discoveries: misled, falsified or hidden parentage of Non-Parental Events (NPE), adoptions and donor conceptions. From sex, to the lie and the eventual truth we explore what makes DNA discoveries and who the real people are behind them.Contact Jodi at www.jkrabb.com or www.parentalidentitydiscovery.com Contact Christina at www.dnasleuth.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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