UNKNOWN - adjective un·known \-ˈnōn\
What’s your father’s medical history? What’s your mother’s medical history? Every time I go to a doctor’s visit, dental appointment, or an eye doctor checkup, the paperwork always asks about family medical history. Mine is always left blank.
For my entire life span, the history of my biological heritage is left unknown. UNKNOWN of any family diseases, UNKNOWN of any inherited sickness, UNKNOWN of any family lineage, UNKNOWN of my true DNA.
Today is a big day of stepping out into faith. 23andMe is a DNA test that gives you 35+ reports for inherited conditions (Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anemia, Hereditary Hearing Loss, etc.), 3 reports on family history (Ancestry Composition, Maternal & Paternal Lineage, Neanderthal), 5+ reports on wellness (Diet, Alcohol Flush Reaction, Deep Sleep, Caffeine Consumption, Lactose Intolerance, Muscle Composition, Sleep Movement), and 19+ reports on traits what makes you unique, from food preferences to physical features (Hair Loss, Sweet vs. Salty, Unibrow).
My birth certificate is left blank in every area of family lineage history. Being abandoned and left at that clinic outside of Seoul, South Korea, I can’t help but wonder at the possibilities of the unknown. Could I have biological siblings in the world? Could I come from a lineage of mixed races? Could I potentially have inherited wellness conditions to plan for? The past is UNKNOWN.
Although, financially the test is expensive and my funds are limited, I felt like the leap of faith would reap future rewards. So today, I fronted the $199 fee for the DNA test, and entered into the first day of a 12-week waiting process of finding answers to the UNKNOWN. I believe God will provide both financially and emotionally through this journey.
As I begin to embark on this journey of discovering my past, I am going into with realistic expectations. There are so many what if’s that my mind can’t but help wander. But I must go into this process by keeping my intentions are simple. Simply find out more than I know now. This journey could minimally or drastically change my future,
I’m excited about this journey and hope that everyone can follow, pray, and encourage me throughout this process of UNKNOWN. Here we Go!