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Woman Says She Has Over 50 Half Siblings After Shocking DNA Test

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Most people who take a DNA test do so because they have questions and are curious. Where do they come from? Do they have family they don’t know about?

Services like 23andMe or AncestryDNA are especially valuable to people who have big question marks on one or both of their parents’ sides, because they don’t know much or anything about their biological parents.

One young woman from New Jersey who goes by the name izzyvn_98 on TikTok says she recently had more of a revelation regarding her heritage than she really even wanted.

She posted a video on Sept. 19 about what she says her DNA test results have led to.

She explained it began years ago when she got a test done, since she and her two brothers, triplets, were born in November 1998, a result of her mother using a sperm donor.

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When matches started reaching out to her, she found out she had far more siblings than she knew.

“In 2018 I did an ancestry DNA test to see where I’m actually from,” the text on her video reads. “I get my results back and find out I’m not as Italian as I thought.”

In a follow-up video she explained that her initial results came back as 48 percent Italian, 22 percent Eastern Europe/Russia, 20 percent The Balkans, 4 percnt England/Northwestern Europe, 4 percent Greece/Albania and 2 percent Germanic Europe.

But that wasn’t the shocking part.

“I get a message from a random woman asking if I’m related to a specific person or family [because] I matched with her daughter and I said no,” she continued in her first video.

“So then she asks if I was a [sperm] donor baby [because] her daughter was too and now I’m freaking out [because] she could be my sister [because] I am a donor baby.

“The donor’s half sister then matches with me and dms me saying other mothers who used the same donor, and their children are part of a private FB group, and that I should join too.

“I join the page and turns out there over 50 of us who are siblings and children of the same [sperm] donor… and we’re all different ages.

“And now there’s paranoia about overpopulation because some of them are afraid there are so many of us, we may end up dating someone who happens to be a sibling.”

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It’s certainly not an issue most people have to deal with — but for Izzy, it feels like a very clear and present danger.

She later shared that this information was “overwhelming” and she hasn’t really been interested in getting to know any of her half-siblings.

The video has been watched over 853,000 times, and many have responded to her conundrum.

“I feel really uncomfortable,” she said of the whole situation. “It’s a really abnormal thing.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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