WHEN Christine Goss found out she had terminal lung cancer and was coming to the end of her life, she became determined to track down the woman who had given her life - and to thank her.
The long-time Alstonville resident only discovered she was adopted in 2004 when both her adoptive parents - Alexander Robert Hinsbey and Daphne Hinsbey - fell terminally ill.
"Both my parents were sick at the same time and I didn't know who I was going to lose first," she said.
"When it looked like dad was going first, (my brother) rang up and broke the news.
"I walked into the room where mum was and asked her if it was true and she said, 'yes that's right'.
"It was a hell of a shock.
"Then I went to see dad at the nursing home… he was sitting in his chair looking at me with tears streaming down his face and he said, 'you know you're my little girl'."
Ms Goss said because she had discovered she was adopted and the adoption wasn't vetoed, she was able to access a supply authority number to search records through the NSW registry of births, deaths and marriages.
She now knows that her birth mother's name is Janette Rosalind Sheldon-Lee (nee Caldicott), born September 1, 1941.
The records showed Ms Sheldon-Lee gave birth to Ms Goss at South Sydney Women's Hospital on January 15, 1962.
For many years, Ms Goss attempted to make contact with her birth mother, with little success.
Each letter and postcard she sent would return read but with no response.
Eventually her attempts to contact her mother came to a halt.
Until February 26 this year, when Ms Goss was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
She said doctors had given her between six and 12 months to live, a time span that could be stretched out to two years with chemotherapy and radiation.
Ms Goss said she wanted to share her story in the hopes of making contact with her birth mother before her time was up.
"Now I'm terminal and I want to find her and thank her for having me and to let her know that she has two lovely grandkids that would like to know about their heritage," she said.
"I've got no qualms with her.
"I've had a wonderful life and I was very lucky, I had people that really, really wanted me."
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