DNA test changed my life

Letters

Editor:

Re: “Sechelt teen discovers sisters through genetic testing kit,” Jan. 10.

article continues below

I think it is delightful that this Sechelt teen has found her biological sisters through DNA. Her life will be enriched. Through the wonderful evolving science of DNA I have found my birth family as well.

Last April, at 66 years of age, everything came together for me. I was adopted at birth in the former Rhodesia in Southern Africa. Brought to Canada at eight years of age, I had loving adoptive parents. However, I knew nothing about my birth parents. Everything to do with adoption was so secretive in those days.

About seven years ago I started searching, and after finding out I was mostly Irish, I was very happy! To learn one’s ethnicity is very special. A cousin in England showed up as a match last spring and after I contacted her, my life changed overnight. There was a huge family in Britain that I belonged to and they welcomed me with loving arms, including a wonderful sister and brother that I have now met. Coincidentally, at about the same time, a cousin on my father’s side matched with me. With his help we now know who he was. I have just been to Ireland to meet his relatives. They are all wonderful and welcoming as well! I am so happy to know my background. Without the DNA test I would not have found out any of this. So yes, to answer the Question of the Week: I heartily approve of finding out one’s genetic history!

Gill Poulton, Sechelt

© Copyright Coast Reporter

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Coast Reporter welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

QUESTION OF THE WEEK POLL

Will John Horgan and the B.C. NDP win the majority they are seeking on Oct. 24?

or  view results

Popular Letters