Where in the World?


I received quite an interesting email last night. The sender was from http://www.dna.ancestry.com and the subject line read, “GREAT NEWS! Your AncestryDNA results are in!” Wow…I had completely forgotten about that little test tube experiment! Several months ago, I sealed up that pre-paid postage box, casually tossed it into the mailbox with nary a care, nor curious thought as to what my cocktail of spit might reveal. Well…on June 29th, 2016 at 8:00pm, I discovered quite a few interesting diagnostics, genetic matches, plus several mystery ingredients hidden in my family melting pot.

I had known my family was predominantly of English, German and other Eastern European descent, but not much work went into any detailed research, nor did anyone show much interest with exploring deeper into family trees. Over the last few years, I began to get curious and despite my becoming close friends with Google search, the lack of answers frustrated me a little. I turned 50 last February. The fact that I’ve lived half a century doesn’t bother me – the prospect of facing my mortality doesn’t concern me either. Basically, there’s nothing about my age or getting older that phases me in the least bit negatively – in fact, it’s quite the opposite! I embrace myself now and the years which lie ahead, but I’d like to know WHERE DID I COME FROM? As my mother and father near 80 years of age, I find myself more inquisitive about family history. I want to know everything about everything – the good, bad, and the ugly. I want to ask questions, find answers, make a record of people, places, and things of which make me who I am today.

Aha, it’s clear to me now…I remember why I decided to submit this DNA test. I’m certainly interested to know more about the history and people forgotten or lost in time. I’m not actively searching for secrets or skeletons in the closet (even though that would be a fascinating find), instead I hope to connect the dots with family on a historic…and emotional level. I think about the potential for research and scientific breakthroughs via the uncovering, and discovery of detailed information from generations past. What will we be able to find out about our genetic backgrounds, personality traits, health, and other predispositions? There’s much work to do, but maybe we’re on the cusp of something which might prove helpful by tracing various origins – let’s examine disease and congenital conditions, possible causes, and cures. Science has made fascinating strides regarding the powerful use of DNA testing in the last few decades and it will continue to evolve. Maybe it’s time to explore where we all came from. If we do this, maybe it’ll also help us understand one another – and bring us closer together as human beings. Maybe we can learn to respect the union we share of global “oneness” and gain a better perspective as to where/who we are in this world. Truly, we are all made up of small specks, microscopic bits in the universe created for a purpose…a meaning…we must not forget that.

Ethnicity estimate for Mary Pettigrew

Africa< 1%
• Trace Regions
< 1%
• Africa North< 1%
• Other Regions Tested
• Benin/Togo0%
• Ivory Coast/Ghana0%
• Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers0%
• Africa Southeastern Bantu0%
• Senegal0%
• Nigeria0%
• Mali0%
• Cameroon/Congo0%

• Other Regions Tested
• Native American0%

• Other Regions Tested
• Asia Central0%
• Asia South0%
• Asia East0%

• Great Britain46%
• Europe West23%
• Ireland14%
• Iberian Peninsula8%
• Trace Regions8%
• Italy/Greece3%
• Europe East2%
• Scandinavia2%
• Finland/Northwest Russia< 1%
• Other Regions Tested
• European Jewish0%

Pacific Islander0%
• Other Regions Tested
• Melanesia0%
• Polynesia0%

West Asia0%
• Other Regions Tested
• Middle East0%
• Caucasus0%

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Author: Mary

ABOUT MARY ~ I am a "late-blooming" writer from Texas who specializes in creative writing/poetry. I have a background in music, the performing arts, and enjoyed 14 years in sales/marketing & as a special events planner in the private club industry. I am a 1990 graduate from The University of North Texas who started off as a music major (voice), but I wasn't "feeling" it was the right fit. So, I took a break, changed directions & graduated with a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management. I was an athletic, healthy young woman who also displayed an unfortunate pattern in the men I chose in life (life lessons indeed!). After a brief marriage in the early 1990's, I decided to focus on my career, yet 5 years later I met hubby #2. So, with more maturity & high hopes for success, I married again & became a full time stepmother of two. Along with several rewarding events & fond memories came more challenges, yet I maintained a fun, successful career in the food and beverage industry until 2001. Life...as I knew it changed when I received the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Looking back, I must have been in denial or a state of confused shock as to how dramatically my life would actually change. I attempted to work a few more years after diagnosis, but I was becoming more unpredictable, forgetful, & lost - my job performance was never quite right anymore. You see, this disease affects everyone different. I went through relapses & other issues, but my mobility was intact - then. Unless you REALLY know me, I was then & continue to be labeled an "invisible symptom" case. My MS enjoys messing with my brain, & many other body functions. Anxiety, mood changes, nerve pain, heat & fatigue are debilitating - quite an uphill battle especially when stress is involved. A few more "in denial" years went by & I dealt with this vile invasion of my "internal room-mate". My husband couldn't understand, nor could he handle my ever increasing health issues - he hated every part of it (I don't really blame him for that). But, he avoided being around me when I was suffering - he {didn't sign on for this & I sure didn't look sick}. He was embarrassed as to how my MS affected his lifestyle. So, divorce and other challenges came into play in 2009. Those were painful, rough days. I know now I was suffering from a nervous breakdown. Not yet had I thought to seek the help of a professional therapist to help me cope or to help purge the noisy voices & chaos inside my head, so I began to purge through writing. WRITING saved me! I attempted to compose little songs & dove into playing piano again - I even taught myself a little acoustic guitar & it felt good...soothing. I had found a form of therapy which enabled me to breathe again; a healing tool that didn't require a prescription. This journey to reinvent myself actually seemed plausible via my artsy background & new creative outlets. I've become a student again & the benefits of turning off our "auto pilot switch" & instead focusing on learning new, foreign things & activities is priceless. This "rewiring" of the brain is called Neuroplasticity. Writing (primarily poetry) & music has filled me with a POWERFUL passion, purpose, & endless possibility. This may sound odd, but I'm grateful for the tough times! There's this gift called "resilience" - my MS & other life struggles have gifted this to me. A gift which forced me to find "me" & to focus on the important things in life...to laugh, live selflessly with compassion & passion. Find me on: 🔸Twitter: @pettigrew66, @MSpals, @MSpalsPoets 🔸Facebook: MaryPettigrew48 🔸LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/mary-pettigrew-1b582330 🔸Instagram: 🔸https://www.mspals.org Acknowledgments and Press ~ • Two of my early poems were published in the U.K. in book compilations of poetry: ~The Summer of Sport: Forward Poetry 2012 ~ Poetry Rivals Collection 2013 • Featured in 2 articles in The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 'Momentum Magazine' ~ 2013 = art therapy & MS ~ 2015 = connecting via social media • My work has been featured/published in various book compilations, blogs, websites, as well as other multimedia platforms including: www.pajamadaze.com www.disabled-world.com www.HealthCentral.com www.MyCounterpane.com www.MS&MeRadio/TBI Network Something On Our Minds (SOOM): funds The Accelerated Cure Project "Twitter Q&A" - A Writers Experience (details forthcoming) • Creator & Co-founder of MSpals: a global organization (2014)

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