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Miranda’s DNA Surprise

(CW: Suicide, abuse) A common question in our community is “when is the right time to tell the truth about parentage?” While some say there is never a good time to tell, many believe that the truth should be shared from birth. In this week’s episode, Miranda’s story highlights the importance of telling early – and often.  Miranda’s mother never hid the truth about her paternity, but she still recalls the shock of hearing it explicitly stated when she was a young child. She shares how her curiosity about her biological father led her to take a DNA test, which created connections with newfound family members.  Miranda’s story is filled with challenges – and love. Despite the abuse, rejection, and profound loss she has experienced, she maintains compassion for everyone involved.  Thank you for sharing your story, Miranda. Join the DNA Surprises Patreon community! Listen to episodes one week early, gain access to exclusive content, use merch discounts, and more. Episode Transcript Transcripts are AI-generated and may not reflect the final published episodes. [00:00:00] Miranda: On a weekly basis, there are so many questions that come up and I’m just like, oh, but you’re not here to ask, you know, I have this curiosity to know if she would have continued healing, you know, like with the internet, with what it is now, I have this hope that she would have like learned right alongside me, you know, and unlearned and unpacked. [00:00:21] Miranda: I have this, it’s not even

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Sarah’s DNA Surprise

Did you grow up feeling different from your family? That feeling of being inexplicably out of place haunts many people in the DNA surprise community throughout childhood and adulthood – before they uncover the truth. In this week’s episode, Sarah shares how while she always felt different from her family – she was more sensitive and had a different worldview. Still, she never suspected that her beloved father wasn’t biologically related to her. After his unexpected and tragic passing, Sarah and her sister decided to take 23&Me tests, beginning her shocking DNA surprise journey. She reflects on how this discovery has further strained her relationship with her mother, but has yielded an incredible relationship with her newfound sister. Thank you for sharing your story, Sarah. Join the DNA Surprises Patreon community! Listen to episodes one week early, gain access to exclusive content, use merch discounts, and more. Episode Transcript Transcripts are AI-generated and may not reflect the final published episodes. Transcripts are AI-generated and may not reflect the final episode [00:00:00] Sarah: I definitely wanted to have my dad’s DNA, not just because he was somebody who could, you know, bike across the country in his sixties, but just, you know, Because I just admired him so much. And I didn’t have him physically anymore. And so I did want to have his DNA in me. And, and kind of like carry on his legacy. [00:00:20] Sarah: And, and it meant a lot to my children. You know, he was like this hero now.

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Shannon P’s DNA Surprise

So many DNA surprises start with a gift. Mothers Day. Fathers Day. Prime Day. Christmas. Almost every month, consumer DNA testing companies offer deals encouraging people to give a DNA test as a present. If you’re listening to this podcast, you know how this sometimes turns out.

In this weeks’ episode, Shannon shares how after receiving a DNA test as a gift from a friend, she learned that her birth certificate father is not genetically related to her. As it turns out, her biological father was a well-known figure in the small town she was raised in. She tells us how this discovery has affected her family and her sense of identity, and how she’s building a relationship with her newfound siblings.

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Janeen Jackson’s DNA Surprise

Race. Ethnicity. Heritage. These are complex topics without the added nuance of a DNA surprise. Author Janeen Jackson grew up with two younger brothers and her parents in an African American household. In this week’s episode, she shares how, through a DNA test, she not only learned that she is adopted, but that her biological father is a white man. 

Janeen discusses the complexities of navigating familial bonds, and her journey to acceptance and understanding. She also reveals the purpose behind her children’s book, Hello, Sweet Baby An Adoption Journey which helps children and adults navigate and understand the nuances of adoption and identity.

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Bonus Episode | Generational Healing – A Conversation About Generational Trauma with Therapist Iliamari Vasquez Houston

In this bonus episode of DNA Surprises, I chat with Iliamari Vasquez Houston, a therapist based out of the Phoenix metro area. Iliamari will facilitate a session on generational trauma – and generational healing – at the DNA Surprise Retreat, September 19-22, 2024 in Phoenix, AZ. We discuss what generational trauma is and how we can begin to break the cycles of secrets and shame in the DNA surprise community. She also shares some excellent resources for folks interested in learning more about generational trauma and healing. If this discussion resonated with you, join us at the DNA Surprise Retreat this year, where we will cover this and more topics in community with people who understand the emotions that follow a DNA Surprise. Resources: Join the DNA Surprises Patreon community! Listen to episodes one week early, gain access to exclusive content, use merch discounts, and more.

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Bonus Episode | Just Breathe – An Introduction to Breathwork with Jenna Hedstrom

In this bonus episode of DNA Surprises, I chat with Jenna Hedstrom, E-RYT 500 and Expert Breathwork Facilitator. Jenna will lead a breathwork session at the DNA Surprise Retreat, September 19-22, 2024 in Phoenix, AZ. During our conversation, we discuss what breathwork is and how it benefits us. We also chat about how to overcome blockers around practicing something new, like breathwork.  If this discussion resonated with you, join us at the DNA Surprise Retreat this year, where we will cover this and more topics in community with people who understand the emotions that follow a DNA Surprise. Resources: Join the DNA Surprises Patreon community! Listen to episodes one week early, gain access to exclusive content, use merch discounts, and more.

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