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.