‘My parents should have told me I have a different genetic mother’

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‘I quickly discovered that these documents were not business related but originated in a fertility clinic.’ Photograph: iStock

‘I quickly discovered that these documents were not business related but originated in a fertility clinic.’ Photograph: iStock

Question: My mother has recently completed treatment for cancer and is, thankfully, now in the early stages of remission. She was unwell for a long period of time and her business affairs fell into disarray. At the time I was on a short break from college, and as her daughter and only child, I agreed with my parents that I would help out with some administrative work.

Deep within her filing cabinets I found some formal-looking papers written in a foreign language that were signed just under 20 years ago. Initially, I paid little heed to them but once I completed my task, I decided that I should probably pay more attention to them in case they were either important or still relevant.

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