DNA Surprises
DNA Surprises
May 3, 2022
Gretchen's DNA Surprise
Play • 40 min

Welcome to season 2 of DNA Surprises! In this week’s episode, we’ll hear Gretchen’s NPE story.

Like many of our stories, Gretchen’s DNA surprise includes many people, and it can be difficult to understand the roles of everyone involved, so before we begin I want to give some background.

Before her DNA surprise, Gretchen believed she was the youngest of 3 children. It turns out that Gretchen’s biological father had two children before her - he had a daughter, Barbara, in his first marriage. Then he had her brother, Jimmy, in his second marriage. He abandoned both families and had an affair with Gretchen’s mother, which is how Gretchen came to be. After his relationship with Gretchen’s mom ended, Gretchen’s mother returned to her birth certificate father while pregnant with her.

Gretchen’s father remarried and had two more children. He is still with his third wife today. While all of the children involved know about each other, his third wife does not. Gretchen and her two older siblings remain secrets. Gretchen’s story is painful and complicated. She speaks about how she always felt different and how she feels knowing the truth.

Thanks to Gretchen for sharing her story.

Do you want to share your DNA Surprise story? Send a DM or email dnasurprises@gmail.com.

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Do you have a DNA Surprise that you'd like to share? Email dnasurprises@gmail.com.

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Registration is open for the inaugural DNA Surprise Retreat, May 4-7 in Tucson, AZ!

If you're an NPE, donor-conceived person, or adoptee who has experienced a DNA surprise, join us for four days of community and support!

www.DNASurpriseRetreat.com
IG: @dnasurpriseretreat


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