Taradale Library customer service manager Vanessa Langman with author Ellie Tambour ahead of her book reveal. Photo / Paul Taylor
Ellie Tambour was looking for answers, but it wasn’t until her then 5-year-old son became very ill that she started asking questions.
Ellie’s son was diagnosed with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS), a rare condition discovered at birth. Ellie was curious to find out where the disease came from and so the journey of a lifetime began. She co-wrote Little Girl Lost with her friend Leanne Warr, a biography about the truths, secrets and lies she unearthed in her search. Her book will be launched at Taradale Library this Friday, August 12.
“I’m struggling to read the book, it’s quite moving. I was like, ‘Oh my God, this happened to me,'” she says.
Ellie is adopted and says she wants to know more about the origins of her son’s illness.
“Being adopted, you’re not told anything. People have to know their medical history. I got curious and started looking.”
She says the book can help others on their own journeys, but that wish comes with a warning.
“I found my biological mother – it was not a good meeting. A lot of people lie.”
Ellie says the hope is that the biological family will welcome you with open arms.
“I wanted to know why, who my father is – everything. But he was a born liar. She took big secrets to her grave.”
Ellie says the search is now complete, having gone through the files and pieced together the story of her story.
“It’s become like a puzzle – a library of lies. Not everyone gets the dream. This is my reality.”
She credits the help she received to the Taradale Library, where she spent many months working alongside a genealogist and customer service manager, Vanessa Langman.
“The library has been wonderful. I couldn’t have done it without them. It was my home away from home. I did everything from there.”
Ellie thinks a person’s DNA and genealogy are so important to finding out who we are.
“I wouldn’t have found the missing link without technology. There is free access to all information at the library.”
She has since spoken with a cousin she didn’t know she had, who paid a genealogist to finish putting the final piece of the puzzle together.
“Some people’s reality is different from the fairy tale dream. After writing the book, I feel complete. I know who I am now.”
What: Little Girl Lost book launch
When: Friday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Taradale Library
Information: Ellie will read excerpts from her book and will be open to answering questions.