Woman takes DNA test at age 43 after spending DECADES feeling like she ‘didn’t fit in’ with her family – and is stunned to discover her mom had secret fling and that the man she believed to be her father wasn’t her biological dad. Miki O’Brien, from Missouri, decided to test her parentage two years ago The now 45-year-old was shocked when results listed another man as her father Her mom then admitted to having a one-night stand with a family friend – DailyMail.com
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Woman, 43, takes DNA test and discovers dad isn’t biological father
DNA Family History Side Effects
DNA family history testing is becoming increasingly popular as a way to learn more about our ancestry, genetic health risks, and even our distant relatives. It can be a powerful tool for many people, but it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects of such testing before committing to it. While the benefits of DNA family history testing can be great, the consequences of the information revealed can be emotionally and psychologically challenging. Knowing what to expect and how to cope with any difficult information is essential when considering such a test. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the potential side effects of DNA family history testing, so that you can make an informed decision about whether it’s right for you.
What is DNA family history testing?
DNA family history tests examine your DNA to find genetic markers for certain medical conditions or traits. Results will either confirm or rule out certain ancestral origins. Some tests also look for genetic links to certain diseases or health conditions, including BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations linked to breast cancer, the APOE gene mutation linked to Alzheimer’s, and the ACE gene mutation linked to blood pressure. Family history tests typically include a maternity test to determine if you have any genetic markers indicating you have a biological connection to someone in your family. There are many companies that offer a range of DNA family history tests, including 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage DNA, and Living DNA. The tests differ slightly in what they test and how much they cost. Most companies have an option to test only the person’s DNA without any data about their relatives.
Benefits of DNA family history testing
Testing your DNA to gain a family history has many benefits. You may be able to confirm your long-held suspicions about your ancestral connections, or find that your family connections are even deeper than you could imagine. You may discover unexpected connections to long-lost relatives, or find that you have relatives you’ve never known about before. Some DNA family history tests also allow you to connect with people who take the same test and share your genealogy, perhaps leading to friendship and collaboration. Other benefits include: – Knowing your health risks – Knowing your health risks – DNA family history testing can help you assess your risk of developing certain diseases later in life, such as breast cancer or Alzheimer’s. – Finding biological family members – Some DNA family history tests can also help you find biological relatives you never knew about. – Exploring family history – DNA family history tests can provide you with insight into your family history, including ethnic and geographical origins. – Meeting new family members – Some DNA family history tests allow you to connect with others who have taken the same test, so you can share your genealogy and make new friends. – Studying your ancestry – DNA family history testing can provide you with insight into your ancestry.
Potential side effects
While DNA family history testing can provide significant benefits, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects of such testing as well. DNA family history testing can reveal information that may be difficult to process or even upsetting. This information can be challenging to deal with and may even have an impact on your identity and relationships. You may discover genetic markers that suggest you have a certain disease or health condition, or discover that your heritage is different than you previously thought it was. You may also find information about distant relatives with whom you have no relationship and no real desire to meet. Other potential side effects of DNA family history testing include: – Confirmation of genetic markers – Confirmation of genetic markers – DNA family history testing can reveal genetic markers linked to a disease or health condition. This can cause concern and anxiety if the test doesn’t offer any medical solutions or support. – Finding out your heritage isn’t what you thought – DNA family history testing can reveal information about your heritage that doesn’t fit with what you’ve previously thought or assumed. This discovery can cause you to re-evaluate your identity and sense of self. – Finding distant relatives you don’t want to know – DNA family history testing can reveal information about distant relatives that you don’t want to know and don’t want to be connected to. This can disrupt your existing relationships and cause conflict in some cases. – Impact on relationships – DNA family history testing can have an impact on your relationships with people you’re close to, especially if they have taken a DNA family history test that reveals genetic markers and distant relatives you’re connected to.
Impact on identity
Family history tests can reveal information that challenges your carefully constructed identity and sense of self. You may discover that the roots you thought were firmly planted in one place are actually somewhere else entirely—or that the place you’ve always considered your home is not, in fact, where your family came from. You may find that you’re genetically related to people who are very different from you, or discover that you are genetically related to people who are exactly like you. You may even find that you’re genetically related to people who are very different from you in a way that challenges your identity in significant ways. You may also discover that your genes are linked to people who are or have been socially disenfranchised and oppressed, such as indigenous people, people of color, and people who have suffered from poverty and economic injustice. This can challenge your identity as a member of a dominant culture, even if you have been working to be sensitive to and aware of the experiences of people who are marginalized.
Impact on relationships
Family history tests can reveal information about distant relatives who are not part of your life and whom you have no interest in knowing. You may suddenly find that you have a new, distant relative popping up in your family tree at every turn, and these relatives may not be people you’re interested in connecting with or getting to know. Family history tests can also reveal that you are genetically related to people who are already a part of your life, such as your parents, siblings, and other close relatives. This can cause significant problems in some cases, especially if the relationship has been tumultuous. Discovering that you’re related to people you dislike or even hate can make an already tense situation even worse.
DNA family history testing can impact people who have not taken the test, such as minors or people who aren’t aware they’ve been tested. You may discover that you are genetically related to minors, such as children in your own family, without their consent. Or you may be genetically related to people who have not taken the test, such as the biological relatives of a spouse or partner who has taken the test. In this situation, you may not even know you are related to them. Some people may feel that taking a DNA family history test is an act of selfishness or inconsiderateness, since it can impact people who are unaware they’ve been tested or have no control over what that test reveals. DNA family history testing also relies on a sample of Indigenous Australian people who were used to develop the 23andMe test, which carries with it the risk of reinforcing false narratives about Indigenous people and undermining their sovereignty.
Preparing for a DNA test
Taking a few steps before you take a DNA family history test can help you prepare for the experience. First, make sure you understand that the test is connected to your identity and how it will impact your relationships with others. You may also want to consider finding a counselor or therapist to talk through your concerns, so you can get a better understanding of how the test will impact you and be better prepared for the experience. You may also want to inform your close family members that you’re planning to take a DNA family history test, so they are prepared for what the test might reveal. This can help reduce the impact the test might have on your relationships. You may also want to find a support group or online community where you can share your experience with others who have taken the test, so you don’t feel alone as you process this new information.
Coping with difficult information
If you take a DNA family history test and discover information that is difficult to cope with, you may find it helpful to follow this suggestion – Slow down and seek the Living God.
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[private role=”administrator”]A woman was left stunned when she took a DNA test at age 43 after spending decades feeling like she ‘didn’t fit in’ with her family – and discovered her mother had a secret one-night stand and that the man she believed to be her father wasn’t actually her biological dad. Miki O’Brien, a substitute teacher from Missouri who is now 45, said she had a ‘gut feeling’ that her dad wasn’t biologically related to her from a young age because of her contrasting personality and differing looks to the rest of her family. In 2021, three years after her dad passed away, she decided to use an ancestry test to find out the truth about her parentage once and for all – and was shocked to learn that her biological father was not the man who had raised her. It turns out, her mother had a one-time fling with a family friend during her marriage and he was her real father – a revelation that turned Miki’s world upside down and left her struggling with an ‘identity crisis.'[/private]
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