My name is Stephanie Leo. I am 29 years old. I am happily married to my awesome husband Chris. We have two children Brianna, and Ryan. They are 13 and 6 years of age. I am the oldest of five sisters! On August 15, 2007 my sister Nycole found me after 22 years of being separated. Her and my third sister, Desiree, was adopted together. Melissa and Sara (my other sisters as well!!) went to different homes. I was raised by my dad in Las Vegas.
Two days after finding me, Nycole found Melissa. My first conversation with Nycole was six hours long! Desiree was so excited she drove to Oklahoma and visited with me that same weekend. We both love the mall and taking silly photos in their booth! A short time later we planned a reunion in Las Vegas! Although my dad raised me, we stayed in touch with our mother and her family. Because of that my sisters were able to meet their mother, grandmother, aunts, uncles etc. It was a very emotional time, but as sisters I know we bonded, heart to heart, and hurt to hurt.
But our unit was never complete until Nycole had this idea to write to Troy and his staff at The Locator to find Sara. We were beside ourselves when they chose our show! We didn’t even know until the last minute that they had found her.
I cant put in words what its like to hug all of your sisters at the same time, for the first time! It was amazing. My mom finally got her wish, to have all of her girls together again. You have no idea how heartbreaking it was to see, and feel her pain as she cried for her daughters, year after year. Always wondering. And finally to have the answer to our prayers.
The show was very gentle with all of us so we wouldn’t get to emotional, there was an unspoken level of understanding. I hope everyone knows how grateful I truly am! We are all alike in our ways, mannerisms, and looks. I feel like a whole person again. I cry every time I watch the show.
A few years ago I would’ve been happy just knowing they are alive and well. I never expected this. I searched a very long time and got nowhere. And here we all are. God sent Troy and his staff to us, maybe to strengthen my faith because I was starting to think I would never have my sisters again. Miracles happen. I have proof!
My only regret is that our Grandmother Elaine (my mom’s mom) passed away before she got to meet Sara. Grandma was my bestest friend in the whole world. I think maybe she knew we were going to find Sara, and she was at peace with that. I think it is so awesome building new, happy, loving memories together. We have all been given a second chance. Thank you Troy and to all of your staff from my very large family to yours! Everyone please keep watching!