"Except for the days my children were born, this was the happiest day of my life." Suzanne Colton, Florida

Back in May, we received an email from Suzanne Colton, a MyHeritage user from Florida:

Let me tell you; you may be in the most wonderful position I could ever think of having. I decided to take the plunge and have my DNA done. I saw my results on Mother’s Day around 8 a.m. By 10 a.m. I was talking to my mother for the very first time in my life. I am 63; she is 86. I am traveling from Florida to Schenectady NY on June 16th to lay eyes on my mother for the first time in 63 years!

Suzanne’s journey into her family’s past began when she was a young girl. Given up for adoption at birth, she grew up in a difficult environment. Her adoptive mother was an alcoholic and became abusive. Over the years, she joined research groups for adopted children looking for their biological families. She wanted nothing more than to meet her biological mother.

After seeing a recent segment on the daily television show Fox & Friends where author Yvette Corporon presented the show’s hosts with their MyHeritage DNA results, Suzanne was inspired. At that moment, she decided to order a MyHeritage DNA kit to unravel the mystery of her family history.

Suzanne received her results on Mother’s Day, which included 41 DNA Matches. One match was a very high percentage match with her biological uncle. She emailed her uncle, and some of the other matching family members through MyHeritage, and within 90 minutes of receiving her results, she found the answers she had been looking for. She connected with her entire biological family, including her mother. Before long, she was on the phone with her mother, 86.

Suzanne’s mother welcomed her back into her life with open arms. Saying to her:

I love you, I loved you from the moment you were born.

Now that Suzanne has reconnected with her mother, her life will be forever changed.

Except for the days my children were born, this Mother’s Day was the happiest day of my life. Thank you.


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  • Karen Knowles

    September 13, 2017

    What a beautiful story!

  • Rosemary Carroll

    September 14, 2017

    Omg, brought tears to my eyes, I’m so happy for you Suzanne. Enjoy your mom.

  • Rachida Djebel

    September 15, 2017

    Indeed, every child has the right to know who parents are … not the court-appointed ones, but the ones with whom they share half of their genes. DNA_R_Us. And sometimes it just takes finding an unknown cousin or uncle via a DNA test to grant a life-long wish to know the answer to a basic question all adoptees have: Are you my mother? Best wishes to Rhonda and her mother, who found one another while both are living.

  • M

    September 15, 2017

    I want to do DNA quickly!
    Thank you for this article on DNA and My Heritage. DNA is miraculous putting lives back together to know who we are.
    Do I need to be a My Heritage member as I read so fast I may have missed some points.

    • Esther Shuman

      September 17, 2017

      You can learn more about DNA testing at MyHeritage at http://www.myheritage.com/dna.

      Esther / MyHeritage Team