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Home DNA test yields heartbreaking surprise

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My husband and I decided to do a DNA test for fun.

It turns out that my father and I don't share DNA.

I knew my mother had an affair back in the '50s, but I thought the affair was after I was born.

We had a relationship with the other family; the husband and his wife were very dysfunctional alcoholics and I went through school with their kids.

Turns out this man was my biological father.

Needless to say, it has rocked my world and has broken my heart.

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My mother is 97 and it wouldn't surprise me if she doesn't know that my father wasn't my biological father. My parents seemed to have a solid marriage.

Amy, it's like I don't know who I am!

I would warn people about finding out about their DNA. I wish I hadn't explored mine.

Through this DNA test site, I was contacted by my biological niece. I also have a half-sister. Amy, she used to babysit me!


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