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Woman finds sister she never knew existed after 55 YEARS apart – live within MINUTES of each other

A woman who was given up for adoption as a little girl after her mother died of cancer is reunited with the little sister she never knew existed, 55 years after they were taken in by different families.

Sisters Diane Ward, 58, and Mary McLaughlin, 55, split just months after Mary’s birth, but now, the long-lost sisters have finally been reunited.

Diane was given up for adoption when she was young, and due to lack of records, she never knew much about her birth family.

She spent her childhood in Michigan and, unbeknownst to her, grew up in a house that was just blocks from her sister Mary and her birth mother, who passed away from breast cancer.

The two lived within minutes of each other for three years, until Mary, too, was adopted.

Throughout their childhood, both women were told by their adoptive parents that they had no siblings, but longed to know more about where they came from.

Sisters Diane Ward (pictured), 58, and Mary McLaughlin, 55, split just months after Mary's birth, but now, the long-lost siblings have finally been reunited.

Sisters Diane Ward, 58, and Mary McLaughlin (pictured), 55, separated just months after Mary's birth, but now, the long-lost siblings have finally been reunited.

Sisters Diane Ward (left), 58, and Mary McLaughlin (right), 55, separated just months after Mary’s birth, but now, the long-lost siblings have finally been reunited.

Diane (pictured as a baby) was given up for adoption when she was young and, due to lack of records, never knew much about her birth family.

Diane (pictured as a baby) was given up for adoption when she was young and, due to lack of records, never knew much about her birth family.

She spent her childhood in Michigan and, unbeknownst to her, grew up in a house that was just a few blocks from her sister Mary (pictured as a baby) and her birth mother.

She spent her childhood in Michigan and, unbeknownst to her, grew up in a house that was just a few blocks from her sister Mary (pictured as a baby) and her birth mother.

The two lived within minutes of each other for three years, until Mary, too, was adopted.  Diane is photographed with her adoptive mother as a baby.

The two lived within minutes of each other for three years, until Mary, too, was adopted. Diane is photographed with her adoptive mother as a baby.

Diane finally moved to the UK in 1999, after marrying her husband Colin, 59, and Mary moved to Paragould, Arizona, where she started her own family.

Curious about her roots and whether she might have any relatives still living in the United States, Diane decided to purchase a MyHeritage DNA kit as an early Christmas present in December 2020.

The results of the $50 kit came in a few months later, informing Diane that she might have a second cousin, whom she then messaged online for more information.

The cousin then dropped the bombshell: revealing that Diane has a half-sister she never knew about.

After much research, Diane was able to get in touch with Mary, and the two described the first time they spoke as “love at first sight.”

Mary currently lives in Arizona and due to COVID and long distance, the couple have not yet been able to meet in person, instead speaking for the first time via Zoom.

Throughout their childhood, both women were told by their adoptive parents that they had no siblings.  Diane is portrayed as a girl.

Throughout their childhood, both women were told by their adoptive parents that they had no siblings.  Maria is portrayed as a girl.

Throughout their childhood, both women were told by their adoptive parents that they had no siblings. Diane (left) and Mary (right) are shown as girls

Curious about her roots and whether she might have any relatives still living in the United States, Diane decided to purchase a MyHeritage DNA kit in December 2020. She is depicted as a baby.

Curious about her roots and whether she might have any relatives still living in the United States, Diane decided to purchase a MyHeritage DNA kit in December 2020. She is depicted as a baby.

The results came back a few months later, informing Diane that she had a second cousin, whom she then messaged online for more information.  Diane is portrayed as a teenager.

The results came back a few months later, informing Diane that she had a second cousin, whom she then messaged online for more information.  Maria is portrayed as a teenager.

The results came back a few months later, informing Diane that she had a second cousin, whom she then messaged online for more information. Diane (left) and Mary (right) are depicted as teenagers

And according to Diane, they “just clicked right away” and instantly noticed their similarities.

The cousin then dropped the bombshell: revealing that Diane (pictured as a teenager) has a sister she never knew about.

The cousin then dropped the bombshell: revealing that Diane (pictured as a teenager) has a sister she never knew about.

“It was love at first sight,” Diane told Jam Press. ‘We just clicked and bounced off each other right away.

‘It was as if I had found my other leg. When I spoke to her on Zoom for the first time, it was an amazing feeling.

Her husband heard me there and said we were very similar. He turned to her and said, “Yes, that’s your sister.” We both have a sarcastic and dark sense of humor.

The sisters now speak on the phone every day and have plans to see each other in person for the first time next month. And Diane is stunned by the discovery.

She said: “When I bought the kit I thought it would be cool to see, ‘What if I was quarter German or had some Irish blood?’

After much research, Diane was able to contact Mary (pictured), and the two described the first time they spoke as

After much research, Diane was able to contact Mary (pictured), with the two describing the first time they spoke as “love at first sight.”

Due to COVID, the couple have not yet been able to meet in person, instead speaking for the first time via Zoom, with Diane (pictured) saying that she and Mary

Due to COVID, the couple have not yet been able to meet in person, instead speaking for the first time via Zoom, with Diane saying that she and Mary (pictured)

Due to COVID, the couple have not yet been able to meet in person, instead speaking for the first time via Zoom, with Diane (left) saying she and Mary (right) “just clicked right away.”

Diane said that she and Mary (pictured when she was a teenager)

Diane said she and Mary (pictured as a teenager) “both have a dark, sarcastic sense of humor” and called it an “amazing feeling” to meet her sister.

Next month, Diane will make the 5,000-mile trip to Mary's beach house in Arizona for a long-awaited reunion, and both sisters are thrilled.  María is photographed with her family.

Next month, Diane will make the 5,000-mile trip to Mary’s beach house in Arizona for a long-awaited reunion, and both sisters are thrilled. María is photographed with her family.

‘I hadn’t told anyone about making the kit. It was something I was interested in doing and I didn’t see it as a big deal.

‘The thing is, I didn’t even know about [Mary’s] existence. My mom had me when she was 18 and they gave me to an adoptive family.

“He only had his first name to go on, which was pretty common, so it was really hard to go from there.” But throughout my life I have always tried to find more information.’

Next month, Diane will make the 5,000-mile trip to Mary’s beach house in Arizona for a long-awaited reunion, and both sisters are thrilled.

I am so grateful that I purchased the equipment. Without that I wouldn’t have known! I am so excited to see Mary next month,” she added.

“We’re just going to go to the beach, get a tan and put the world in order.”

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