Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 13

Sunset and Sunrises Having been given part of Marks ashes in San Francisco in 2010 I kept them close to me for years. I did offer Gloria the chance to take them back to Wales with her but she felt they should stay with me as I had done all the searching and travelling the… Continue reading Gloria – Part 13

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 14 (The final chapter)

I still call Australia home 🇦🇺 As at the day of publishing this final chapter; 29th November 2022 it will be exactly 20 years since my brother Mark (Born Michael William Bayliss) died from AIDS. I dedicate this whole story both to him and to our Mother Gloria Kivlichan (nee Bayliss). I also dedicate this… Continue reading Gloria – Part 14 (The final chapter)

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 12

History repeats itself Perhaps this one of the hardest chapters for me to write as it’s so personal. I admit I have had a slight internal battle as to whether to include it or not, but it is very much part of the fabric which weaves this whole story together. I had my own daughter… Continue reading Gloria – Part 12

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 11

Australia - Meetings, Lies and New Life In February 2011 I needed to visit Melbourne anyway for both personal and professional reasons. The International College of Celebrancy with whom I was working alongside in my Celebrancy Training business were based there…and the personal reasons will become clear in the next chapter. So in visiting Melbourne… Continue reading Gloria – Part 11

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 10

Your love echoes around the world In April 2010 my daughter Georgia and I boarded a plane from London to San Francisco. Georgia was only 12 at the time and looking back I realise just how much emotion she too was carrying for a girl of her age but boy did she carry well. She… Continue reading Gloria – Part 10

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 9

Letters from Australia The letter which arrived from Marks adoptive mother in Australia was warm and heartfelt. It clearly came from a lady who was still absolutely distraught over losing her son and she explained that only recently, over 5 years later she had just started to receive bereavement counselling. Then with the contact from… Continue reading Gloria – Part 9

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 8

‘Getting to know Mark’ Mum and I waited and waited for a reply from Marks adoptive family in Australia but still nothing came. We obviously respected their emotions and feelings completely; they too had lost a much loved son and brother and suddenly after 5 and a bit years the long lost family come searching.… Continue reading Gloria – Part 8

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 7

Michael becomes Mark… The phone call I had received from Greg from Network Seven in Australia left me absolutely broken, not only for myself but more so for Mum. I received the call from him just before midnight and sat up the entire night just sobbing hysterically like I have never sobbed either before or… Continue reading Gloria – Part 7

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 6

Finding Michael It was around Spring 1987 when Mum dropped that second bombshell. After a lot of soul searching and several letters to and from Australia, she had decided NOT to look for Michael. To this day I still wonder who those letters were to and from - was she corresponding with the Sisters of… Continue reading Gloria – Part 6

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – part 5

Returning to England. Michael was now formally adopted, Gloria’s baby boy gone forever from her arms but never ever from her heart. She had to get on with life though so she found a nursing job in Sydney and spent the rest of her two years in Australia working there. She loved life in Sydney… Continue reading Gloria – part 5