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Twins Separated at Birth Had No Clue They'd Been Crossing Paths Nearly Their Entire Lives

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Karen Warner of Elwood, Indiana, always felt something was missing from her life.

Warner, whose biological mother’s last name was Cunningham, had been adopted and wondered if she had any family out there, but it wasn’t until just recently that she was able to make headway in her search.

That’s mostly because three years ago, a new law went into effect allowing residents who were adopted before 1994 to access their records. Warner, 51, found out that she not only had a sibling, but that her sibling was a twin.

“I got to thinking maybe that is what I was missing in my whole entire life was the twin, and I just didn’t know it, and I didn’t want to feel that emptiness anymore,” she told WXIN-TV.

With new information at her fingertips, Warner began to look through voter registration records to find anyone who shared the same birthday. And she found someone who fit all the criteria.

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Michael Jackman: born the same day, at the same hospital.

Not only that, his was a name she recognized — they’d gone to middle school and high school together, were both in band, and were friends on Facebook.

And he lived just six blocks away.

She reached out to him, asking if he was adopted. He was.

She asked what his biological mother’s name was. It was Cunningham.

They took a DNA test and six weeks later their twinship was confirmed.

“I was overwhelmed,” Jackman said. “Let’s put it that way … I feel like something was missing, and now she’s here.”

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“I thought if I could find him that would fill that void, and it did,” Warner added.

They also found out that they had three additional half-siblings.

“I’m still in awe that just 2 weeks ago I found out that my twin brother is Mike Jackman,” Warner posted on Feb. 22. “We are both still trying to let it all sink in. I thank God for everyone who had a hand in helping me.

“I am looking forward to building a great relationship with him and meeting all the other new family members as well. I truly feel complete now.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking