The Real You

I know so many people who will never use a DNA ancestry test. They really don’t want to know about their health, traits, and family histories. They would rather be kept in the dark.


I can’t blame them. While it was a good experience for me, others found out about family secrets that changed their lives forever. Many people are afraid of change, whether it’s good or bad.


I just listened to Mitchell Kaplan’s “The Literary Life” podcast, with author Dani Shapiro. Her memoir, “Inheritance” is about the day she received the stunning news that her father was not her biological one. She woke up one morning and her entire history–the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her.


Dani’s story is a familiar one because I have a friend who discovered that his biological father was the neighbor across the street. Another girl friend forced her husband to take the 23andMe DNA test in order to find his biological mother. Within a few weeks after spitting into a test tube, he was having lunch with a pretty, petite woman who he now calls “mom.”


Industry stats show that over 10 million people have taken the test.


If you never met anyone who has used a DNA test, be sure to listen to this podcast. Dani’s story is one that you will never forget.

Click here.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-literary-life-with-mitchell-kaplan/id1433854266?i=1000427982279

2 thoughts on “The Real You

  1. I did 2 DNA tests – first was with National Geographic to help expand their programs and for $150 found out I am a direct descendant of Eve!! LOL… Also that some of my ancestors unknown are from England! Perhaps related to the rightful heir to the throne – the king found under a parking lot? The 2nd was with Ancestry.com to possibly find more direct ancestors – came back with 2500 matches – unknown which side of the family – daunting to research! My favorite message was from someone searching for his birth mother – which I am not but I wonder who in my gene pool is!!

  2. I did the test several months ago. I’ve been trying to find what happened to my grandmothers’ family, who may have gone back to their country of origin, without leaving a trace. Because my grandmother died in the 1918 Spanish flu, when my mother was a baby, little is known about her family. This has been a fascinating journey, so far! Thanks for this post, Lois!

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