TODAY | January 27, 2013
>>> turning now to a reunion that was decades in the making. twin sisters that spent nearly 70 years knowing the other existed. as kerry sanders reports, their bond is undeniable.
>> reporter: this is a story about finding something you didn't know you loss the.
>> all my life, i had this feeling that something was missing. i didn't know it was somebody.
>> that somebody was sandy ei kechlt nchl. sandy and etta stevens had once spent time together, nine months, twin sisters separated at birth.
>> my twin sister .
>> it is so funny to say it.
>> yeah. it is still very strange to say it.
>> this was our mom's house.
>> born in chicago to an unwed mother whose own mother, an italian immigrant, forced her to give up her twins. etta and sandy were adopted by two different families.
>> we were raised in jewish families. we had the same kind of growing up. she loved her adopted parents, as i did.
>> i could have met my twin and maybe we didn't get along but we do.
>> we do. we do.
>> fraternal twins, which is why they don't look-alike.
>> delightful to hold in heaven. i think we love to sing.
>> they like the same makeup, even the same color. etta innocently wondered about her family's medical history just as illinois opened long- sealed birth records . that's when this birth certificate surfaced and right there, a huge surprise. when sandy eventually saw it, she was confused. i looked at it. i didn't quite understand it. twin. how could i be a twin and not know it? this can't be. they grew up only miles apart in chicago. sandy's family owned a music store .
>> we walked to their store. she sometimes worked in the store. so it was a wonderful place to be. maybe we saw each other. maybe we did.
>> as happens with twins, etta and sandy agree on just about anything, including they don't want anybody to know their age. we do know who was older.
>> she was born first. she is four minutes older than me.
>> it's okay. i'm proud of it.
>> separated at birth.
>> love you.
>> i love you too.
>> now making up for lost time . for today, kerry sanders , nbc news, miami.