Sisters Connect with 23andMe
July 2, 2013
Then the bitter pain of learning that she was just a few months too late to meet her mother, who had died less than a year before.“But you have a sister who is still alive,” Laura told Greta.She couldn’t believe what she was hearing.“The words still take my breath away. Laura went on to tell me that my living sister’s name was Stacy Arena and that she was “so beautiful.”Unbeknownst to Greta, Stacy had been searching too. It was just that Stacy didn’t know where to start looking. More than 20 years ago, after Stacy’s older sister died in an accident, her mother told her that she had a sister, whom her mother had given up for adoption at birth.But her mother had told her nothing more and wouldn’t speak about it. So for Stacy, all she had were questions. Who was her older sister? What did she look like? Where was she?Ever since then Stacy would wonder whether she was passing her sister in the street. Sometimes she’d look out into a crowd and scanning for a women who looked like her. “Could that be her?” she’d ask herself.It wasn’t until her cousin Laura made the connection through 23andMe, that Stacy could finally answer those questions. A few weeks after connecting online the two sisters met for the first time, hugging in the front yard of Stacy’s home in South Carolina, holding on to each other for a very long time.Inside the living room the two sisters thumbed through family photo albums. Greta marveling at pictures of people who were strangers to her but who were her relatives. She spent a long time staring at pictures of her mother, looking at her face and eyes.“I’m connected to all these people I’ve never seen before. This was my family,” Greta said. “It’s quite disorienting.”With her sister sitting next to her Stacy marveled at the miracle of the two finding each other.“If it weren’t for 23andMe this never would have happened,” she said.23andMe provides genetic testing services for informational purposes; your results may or may not help you to search for or identify relatives or family members.