The Vance Twins have been faced with numerous challenges in their lives but somehow managed to recover. For starters, they were told that they were abandoned on a street in Seoul at birth, which prompted their flight overseas to the United States in the early 1970s.
At the age of twelve, their father survived a traumatic brain injury from a 100-foot hang gliding fall in 1984. The twins accepted full responsibility for his care by serving as his primary caregivers. In high school, their mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in ‘97. After their mother’s death, they discovered that they were not US citizens and could have been deported at any time during their childhood. Their childhood story is told in a memoir called Twins Found in a Box: Adapting to Adoption. The Search for Mother Missing: A Peek Inside International Adoption, by Janine Vance, details a two-week trip when they travel together to their birth city of Seoul in search of their Korean family. The Vance twins have since dedicated their lives to providing comfort and care for others who have survived a traumatic loss. Through the use of imagination and writing, the sisters work together to provide an uplifting environment for non-writers to turn their life experiences into publishable memoirs.