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Melissa: 16 Years Later

Teenage Diaries Listen to Melissa's diary 16 years earlier »

As an 18 year old raised in the foster care system, Melissa took NPR listeners along when she gave birth to her son Issaiah. Over the past 16 years Melissa and her son have faced many challenges, from eviction notices to her son’s life-threatening medical diagnosis. In her new diary, Melissa chronicles her life as a working single mother, and reveals things about her past that her son has never known.

See more about Melissa at npr.org

Produced by Joe Richman with Sarah Kate Kramer
Edited by Deborah George and Ben Shapiro
Mixed by Ben Shapiro

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