In my previous blog I mentioned not knowing anything about my birth family. Not having much information about them has left me with questions, specifically about my genetic heritage. It’s something my parents and I have been curious about for the past 28 years. Yes, we have our guesses and yes, I know I’m Mexican and American, but I would love to know where my ancestors are from. Today websites like 23andMe and Ancestry.com advertise genetic testing that will give you an idea of your genetic makeup. I am curious about these sites but still feel conflicted as to whether I will utilize them.
Several years ago, before genetic testing was popular, I heard a report that research and testing was being done to see if it was possible to pinpoint where people were from based on their DNA. I was absolutely fascinated! I could finally have the answers I wanted. The only problem was that it was just a study. I talked to my parents about it, and we thought it would be cool to find out where I was from. So, we started asking doctors to see if they had any suggestions or recommendations on how to proceed. That didn’t get me very far. I was told time after time that they didn’t know or that it was a very expensive thing to do. Money wasn’t the problem, my parents told me that if I wanted to go ahead with the testing, we would figure out a way to make it happen.
Finding out my heritage and genetic make-up is something I will always be searching for. It’s been a little over 10 years since I heard about genetic testing and I don’t feel like I’m any closer to finding out where I’m from. I plan on waiting until I can find a genetic test that I’m 100% confident will protect my identity. I just want to be able to share my heritage with my family.
By no means am I discouraging anyone else from using these sites or other methods of finding out your genetic information. Just be aware of the fine print and make sure you are ready for anything.