Jenny Thomas spent more than 15 years searching for her birth mother. Little did she know, she was looking in all the wrong places.
When Thomas decided to go on a new TLC show, Long Lost Family, which helps reunite people with biological relatives, she found out she actually knew her birth mother, Nita Valdez. She was her former co-worker--for two years.
Jenny said, "I was just in shock. I had looked in so many faces for so many years, [thinking], 'Could that be her? Is she looking at me because she knows me?' All the while I had looked at the woman who once knew me as her daughter."
Jenny worked as a part-time patient care technician in the same hospital where Nita worked as a patient transporter. They talked daily and had a friendly working relationship.
See the rest of Jenny's story with her mom on an upcoming episode of the new series, which starts March 6.
Jenny Thomas (right), 40, from Rochester, New York, is reunited with her mother Nita Valdez (inset) on the TLC... https://t.co/TUrTX15WLd— Yes! (@OPSYCHEDELIC) March 3, 2016