Search brings unexpected results |

Search brings unexpected results

Adopted at birth and raised as an only child, Nevada County writer Jan Fishler began her search for the truth about her heritage at age 40.

A sense of loss, shame and deception shaped her life, she said.

In her memoir, “Searching for Jane, Finding Myself,” Fishler details the feelings of abandonment, fear, anger and sadness she experienced as a result of her adoption process in the 1950s – and the steps she took to begin her healing.

Fishler will discuss her book and sign copies, and a panel of experts will discuss all aspects of the adoption process during an event in Grass Valley Saturday (see box for details).

The author will donate 15 percent of the income from book sales during the event to Sierra Forever Families, a foothills nonprofit adoption organization with an office in Nevada City.

Fishler’s journey led to buried secrets and a shocking number of unknown siblings.

“Without realizing it, I spent years projecting pain that was caused by the loss I felt wherever the pain projection would stick,” Fishler said. “My feeling of loss ultimately affected everyone around me.”

The book includes useful information for those who may want to begin their own search.

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Fishler was a corporate scriptwriter, video producer and a marketing and public relations consultant for 20 years.

She produced the DVD writing series, “The Path to Publication,” distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, and is the co-author of a series of articles on post-traumatic stress disorder published by VietNow magazine.

“Searching for Jane, Finding Myself” is her first book. It is available at the Book Seller in Grass Valley and through Tin Cat Media, for $12.95 plus shipping and handling.

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