Hi, my name is Roger Bohn. I was born in Frederick, MD, about 50 north of Washington DC and about 50 west of Baltimore.
When I was 2 months old I was adopted by this elderly woman named Genevia Corporal. She raised me like I was her own child. While I was living with her Department of Social Services (DSS) keep on taking me away from her and putting me in all these foster homes.
Then when I was about 7 years old they put me in this group home for boys and girls called the Villa Maria. They kept on putting me in all these foster homes while I was living there. They still could not find a family for me. When I was 9 they made me understand why they were doing these things. That’s when I found out that I was adopted.
At age 11, they sent me to another group home called Cedar Ridge. Cedar Ridge a home for boys. They are no girls there. They still try to put in foster homes while I was living there. It got to the point where I did not like an of the foster families I was visiting I said “I either want to meet my real family or go back to Baltimore to be with my adopted family.
That’s where they got me a lawyer to look for my real mother. At age 17, October 1, 1987 I finally met my real mother. That was an exciting day for me. We been in contact since then. It’s like I been with this family all my life. That I was never adopted. That’s how it feels like. Next year it’ll be my 30 year anniversary of the day we met.
At age 19, few days after my birthday I graduated from Williamsport High School. During that summer I went on a couple of vacations. First I went to NY to visit my former foster parents from Cedar Ridge named Eric and Lois Meyer. They made a huge difference in my life. I’m still in contact with them and when I can afford it I still go to NY to visit them. Last year right before my 45th birthday, they came all the way down from NY to spend a couple hours with me. Then they drove 5 or 6 hours back to NY to go home. It so sad that they do that because they have people who lives around the corner who won’t do that. They appreciate me coming all the way from Maryland to see them. By the way at the end of August I’m going to NY for a wedding reception. They consider me like family.
The summer of 1989 I moved to the town I was born, Frederick, MD. I moved in with my mother and my 2 younger brothers. I have 2 younger brothers, Dante 41 and Lamonte 37. I have 3 nephews and 1 niece. Lamonte has 2 sons and Dante has a son and a daughter. I would love to meet my niece someday. My father passed away about 35 years ago. I never met or seen my father before. I never even seen a picture of him. I was trying to be friends with one of his relatives on Facebook, but he never responded. I wanted to know my father’s side of the family. I’m still live in Frederick these days. My mother moved to Hagerstown, MD about 10 years ago. Me and my mother switched places. I live in Frederick and she lives in Hagerstown. Williamsport, MD is outside of Hagerstown.
In the winter of 1995 when I was 24 years old I found out that I have diabetes. It was New Years Eve (1994) I went to the hospital because I knew that something was wrong with me. I kept on drinking a lots of fluids. Then I kept on using the bathroom. I either had to urinate or go number 2. Everything was liquid when I used the bathroom. My blood sugar was at almost 700. I had rapid weight loss. I loss 60 lbs. between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Now I’m treating it.
This is reason I’m making this my niche because I want to help people with their diabetes, what products to buy, how to control diabetes.