I found my biological family with the help of the amazing CeCe Moore right before Christmas in 2015. It was the best Christmas present I have ever received. I got to know my sisters through email, text messages and phone calls. We grew very close and they were more than my sisters, they were my best friends!! After 8 incrediable months I finally met my sisters face to face on the Dr. Oz Show.
Two years ago my life changed forever. Dr. Oz flew me to New York City to be on his show to talk about how I used DNA to find my biological family. I will never forget when he asked me if I thought my sisters were watching. It took me off guard because I knew the show wasn't filmed live so obviously they weren't watching at that moment. Before I could answer he told me they weren't watching because they were here. I had waited my whole life to meet them. Meeting my sisters for the first time was one of the happiest moments of my life. I always wanted a sister and now I have two. Meeting Dora and Celina was a dream come true for me.
|Side by Side or Miles Apart, We are SISTERS connect by the Heart.|
|Dr. Oz, Amy Barriga, Dora Barriga-Lassiter, Celina Barriga, CeCe Moore|
After we left the Dr. Oz show we had a day to spend in Manhattan. We had years to make up for. We did not waste any minute. We explored all of Manhattan, taking pictures together, talking, laughing, doing all the things that sisters do.
|Our first Selfie together in the elevator at our hotel right after the Dr. Oz show|
|Having fun in Time Square.|
|Showing our support for the NYPD|
|Dora spotted a Cuban Restaurant in Time Square. My sisters introduced me to Cuban food. We had a great time at Havana Central Restaurant.|
|I was blessed to meet more of my amazing Cuban family while I was in New York. Even though my visit with them was short I loved every minute and absorbed every word they said. I can't thank them enough for coming to meet me.|
|We took a magical carriage ride through Central Park. This was one of the most memorable things we did. We laughed so much and had a wonderful time.|