30 Years After Working Together, Women Discover They Are Half-Sisters Through At-Home DNA Test

30 Years After Working Together, Women Discover They Are Half-Sisters Through At-Home DNA Test

Cheryl Becker and Linda Rinaldi met while working at a Connecticut hospital more than three decades ago.

Two women who bonded while working at a Connecticut hospital were stunned to discover that they were actually long lost sisters – decades after they ‘connected’ as colleagues

Cheryl Becker and Linda Rinaldi always knew they shared a special connection.

“She’s always been the nicest person I’ve ever known,” Rinaldi said

The two women met while working at a Connecticut hospital more than 30 years ago, but lost touch when Rinaldi moved. That would all change when Becker’s husband, Ralph, gained an interest in ancestry and genealogy.

Cheryl’s husband, Ralph (pictured), gifted her with an ancestry test, which told her she had a close relative named Linda Rinaldi, and she instantly thought of her old colleague

“It’s a blessing that he did. He gave this to me as a gift and I did one of the DNA sites.”Becker said

Becker always believed she was Italian and French, but the DNA test results said something different.

“It was telling me I was from the British Isles, It didn’t specifically say Ireland, it didn’t say that I was totally Irish. But it didn’t tell me I was Italian, and that was all I knew.” Becker said

They became best friends, but when Cheryl took a DNA test, she was shocked to discover that Linda was much more than that. Linda (left) and Cheryl (right) are pictured as babies

Becker said she felt like her whole life was a lie. “I didn’t know who I wasI looked in the mirror and said, ‘Who am I?’ So it was hard for me.”she said

Based on the findings, Becker said the man who raised her was not her biological father. “I don’t think he ever knew that,” she said

Through the tests, Cheryl also learned that the man who raised her wasn’t her biological father, and that she wasn’t French and Italian like she thought

Amid the confusion, genealogy test results offered hope. “It said I was closely related to this person Linda Rinaldi. I said to my husband, ‘I used to work with Linda Rinaldi.’ I could tell it was the same person. It just said ‘closely related or first cousin.'”Becker said

Linda joked that she never thought she’d find anyone who had the same sense of humor as hers

Becker texted her old co-worker immediately. “She said we were related, that’s all she told me, I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we were sisters?’ And she says, ‘I know you’re my sister.'”Rinaldi recalled

Another test confirmed that the two women – who were born 16-months apart – were, in fact, half-sisters. Linda (left) and Cheryl (right) are pictured as teens

DNA results confirmed Becker’s hunch. The pair are half-sisters, born 16 months apart.

“This is a blessing,adding that meeting Linda helped her realize the gift of a sister. The fact that she welcomed me with open arms. She just welcomed me. And I think that was the turning point for me.” Becker said

The discoveries were definitely hard for her, and she said it felt like her whole life had been ‘a lie.’ But she said gaining a sister made it all worth it

The sisters are looking forward to making up for lost time. “We lost the last 30 years, but we got the next 30,We have to make memories like sisters do.”Becker said

 

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