Unfortunately, though, the treatment program would ultimately prove unsuccessful. Moreover, Tina’s concerns about “more aggressive, hormone-altering” fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, meant that the pair were quickly running out of options.
And so in 2003 – at the age of 40 – the couple made what would be a life-changing decision. They decided to adopt a child of their own. And without having read a single parenting book, Tina and her husband headed to Russia to visit their soon-to-be daughter.
However, what the couple witnessed when they reached Russia was harrowing. “I have seen many grim things in my lifetime,” Tina later recalled on her blog, Julia & Me. “Few rival the sights, sounds and smells I experienced in the Siberian orphanage where my daughter’s life began…”