Hello from Katy-K
Hello to all you beautiful ‘souls’
Last week I wrote about my ‘Identity’ crisis. That got me thinking about my DNA and how sometimes we are not who we think we are.
Recently on a whim, my husband and I decided to do a DNA test. We often saw the add on tv for Ancestry.com and were a little bit curious. So when we saw an advertisement saying that the test was on special, I bought two kits and thought, this could get interesting, and then got on with my busy life.
Then the test kits arrived in the mail and were left on the kitchen bench for several weeks. I just didn’t have the time to do the tests, of course, not realizing, how simple it was to give the sample! Finally, we did the tests, sent them away and didn’t give them another thought.
Many weeks later, my husband received an email with his test results and mine came a day later. It was a very basic email and I was disappointed thinking, there must be more considering what we paid. Having said that, it really was all we needed, as when you followed the links you discovered more.
Well, there certainly were some surprises that we didn’t expect, especially with my DNA.
My husband was pleased because it showed that he had 3% Viking. As he had recently watched the ‘Viking’ series on tv, that 3% really impressed him and when he spoke about his DNA test he was always sure to talk about his ‘Viking’ DNA (I really must get around to watching the series…ha ha) and I would just chuckle about it.
My DNA was a total shock and you could say it sent the family into a tailspin. Having a ‘Greek’ mother, it was shocking to see I had NO ‘Greek’ DNA and was 41% ‘Italian.’ My husband then concluded that was why I loved Italian food so much…lol.
Now came the time to break the news to my Mother. None of my siblings wanted the job, so my very brave sister-in-law did it while we were all deciding how to tell her without putting her in ‘shock,’ due to her declining health. When my mother was told she just laughed, as she knew that the little island in Greece where her parents originated from, had in its history been taken over by the ‘Italians’ and wasn’t handed back to Greece until 1947. My son was the most shocked and immediately said: “So we have been living a lie!”
When I first received the DNA results, I thought surely I must have been the one test that failed, that was incorrect and quickly referred to the internet to see how I could question the test. I soon discovered, my test was more likely to be correct.
Why did I tell you all of this? Well, the lesson I learned was that your DNA determines your body build and your health to some extent. But who you are is influenced by your ‘heritage’ and ‘environment’. You have a say on your behavior, the choices you make and to some extent due to ‘lifestyle’ any health issues you may have.
Regardless of my DNA, I was born in Australia and consider myself ‘Australian.’ When I first did the DNA test I thought no further than discovering what my DNA was, but with it came a whole lot more. I discovered relatives I did not know due to family secrets, ‘bombshells’ that were supposed to remain buried, unraveled the mystery of some health issues, and went on a fascinating journey of discovery. I am still meeting relatives that I did not know existed, as once I did that test, they found me. I encourage you to do a DNA test if you have the chance, I certainly don’t regret it.
Have you done the DNA test? Were there any surprises for you?
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