Holy crap- Two 72-year-old women were switched at birth. 23andMe test reveals it.

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  1. buckpr

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    Linda Jourdeans and Denice Juneski always felt that they didn't quite 'fit' in their families.

    Denice was a blonde in a sea of brunettes and redheads among her relatives. Linda was the sole ginger in a pack of blondes in her family pictures.

    And while Linda played softball into her fifties, Denice was the only one among her siblings who didn't excel at sports.

    Small, harmless differences, but the reason behind them would turn out to be huge: The women had been switched at birth, only to find out they had been living with each other's families when they were 72.

    And their true identities would only be discovered with the help of genealogy website 23andMe.

    Linda and Denice were born 31 minutes apart at the Bethesda Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota in the early hours of December 19, 1945.

    And for seven decades they went through their lives with little doubt that they were meant to be somewhere else.

    'People just automatically assume they got the right family,' Denice told KING-TV. 'It's a crazy thing.'

    It was Denice who first submitted her DNA to 23andMe, hoping to simply find out more about her family's health history.

    The genealogy website not only provides you with genetic information about yourself, but can also reveal who your closest relatives are if you so desire.

    So Denice was shocked when, a few weeks later, the results arrived - and revealed her DNA didn't match any of the people she thought had been family all her life.

    Denice, who lives in Eagan, Minnesota, decided to take the test a second time, but the results were the same.

    'Either 23andMe made a mistake, or I was switched at birth,' she realized. 'I was really supposed to be another person.'

    The mystery began to unfurl when Denice's name popped up as a close relative on the 23andMe report submitted by Linda's niece, who was 40 miles away in Hammond, Wisconsin.

    The results seemed to confirm suspicions long held by Linda's own daughter Michelle.

    Michelle had always told her mother she didn't 'look like the rest' of her family and had once even checked public birth records.

    So when she saw Denice's name listed as a close relative of her cousin on the 23andMe report, Michelle told Linda she believed she had been switched at birth.

    'I did my DNA right away, because I've got to see this on paper,' Linda said.

    Next to 'mother' was a name she had never seen before: Marianne Mayer.

    How the women managed to get switched at birth is a question that will likely never get answered.

    'I'm sure the nurses are dead that probably took care of us,' Linda said. 'We'll never know.'

    But while they'll never discover the 'how', Linda and Denice are just glad that they found out about each other at all.

    'I consider it a gift,' Denice said.

    The pair have met several times since learning about each other in April and are slowly meeting the family they never knew they had.

    That includes Mayer, who is 99 years old and now lives in a memory care home.

    It has been especially touching for Linda who lost Rochelle Nielsen, the woman who raised her, at the age of 17 when she died from from cancer.

    Linda and Denice have to tell Mayer the story about how they were switched at birth every time they visit, but neither minds. Nor does Mayer.

    She happily laughs when the women tell her that now she has even more grandchildren.

    Both women's families are now planning a massive reunion to meet each other and bond over their unlikely - and incredible - connection.
     
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    I believe that some twisted nurses (or others) have done that on purpose for hundreds of years simply because they're evil.
     
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    That would be extremely sad if true.
    Hope you're doing well AV
     
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    Well, yeah, it would be sad... but it's pretty sad if nurses and/or others are horrible at their jobs to the point that they do this accidentally too, right?

    I'm doing great, my friend. Thanks.

    Hope you're doing amazing as well.
     
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    My parents tried to switch me at birth too, but the other people caught them.
     
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    I'm starting to get nervous that these DNA tests are going to end up with me meeting a bunch of 20-25 year old kids of mine that I was never aware of.

    That wouldn't cost me anything if they're already adults, right?
     
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    Or 23 andme switched up the results...
     
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    It could if she pursued it.
     
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    If you were in your teens or 20s I could see being extremely angry about it. At their age I'm not sure how you react.
     
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    In a youtube video which shows them talking, they seem to not have any cares at all.

    The only time there is any emotion is when the red-haired lady talks about losing the mother she had to cancer, and now finding that her biological mom is alive.
     
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    Keep telling yourself that, but we all know it's not the real reason that none of your kids look like you.
     
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    I guess I better wait a couple years to take the test. Just to be safe.
     
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    I bet the fathers were suspicious.
     
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    Yep. Cool that they seem to have a good attitude about the situation.
     
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    Has anyone read the fine print of those DNA companies?
     
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    You're face doesn't even look like you.
     
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    The mothers must have been knocked out during birth because I could not imagine a mother not noticing their child looked different.....you may say all babies look a like but not to their mothers.
     
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