27 episodes

On January 4th, 2019, I discovered through a DNA testing website that I was conceived with a sperm donor. Since then, I've found that I have at least fourteen half-siblings and one donor who is, genetically, half of me. This is my journey into discovering what role DNA relationships play in my life and what family really means.

Half of Me Ally & Donor Half Siblings

    • Personal Journals

On January 4th, 2019, I discovered through a DNA testing website that I was conceived with a sperm donor. Since then, I've found that I have at least fourteen half-siblings and one donor who is, genetically, half of me. This is my journey into discovering what role DNA relationships play in my life and what family really means.

    Lessons & Resolutions from 2019

    Lessons & Resolutions from 2019

    2019 is coming to a close - what did I learn? What are my plans for the new year?

    • 45 min
    Q&A 2: Telling Extended Family

    Q&A 2: Telling Extended Family

    Telling extended family that you just found out you're donor conceived - should you tell?

    • 36 min
    Ally's Back! and Q&A Part 1

    Ally's Back! and Q&A Part 1

    I'm back! Lots to update you on, and a beginning to the Q&A series

    • 48 min
    Update!

    Update!

    Ally has an update on what has been going on in her life.

    • 54 min
    Alex

    Alex

    Alex talks about male-factor infertility and his journey towards fatherhood.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Leah

    Leah

    Leah, a donor conceived adult, learned of her origins after twenty years of questioning why she didn't see herself in her social family.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

HappyKati ,

Love listening to Ally

I’m trying to dive in deep with anything I can find on donor conceived people. This is a truly dynamic story and the whole podcast is just filled with perspective and information. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and life. It has been truly helpful in my world as a previous anonymous egg donor trying to learn.

Maryannville ,

So interesting and helpful!

As someone going through infertility I thought it would be interesting to listen to this podcast in case we ever decided to use donor eggs or donor embryos. It’s been great to hear so many perspectives from the “kids” who knew and those who just found out and how they’re dealing with it. It really strengthens my view that it’s so important to let a kid know as early as possible where they came from and that it’s ok. But also it was good to how even if the kid knows as they grow up, there could be a bunch of half siblings out there they may want to connect to. Will they want to meet their donor? How will that work? I know if it was me, I would want to meet everyone possible like you did, Ally! I’m only on episode 6 but I look forward to learning more about the rest of your journey! Thank you so much for sharing! This is amazing! Maybe your or or diblings’ parents would feel comfortable coming on your podcast? Or maybe you’re keeping it to just the donor conceived kids’ perspective, or maybe you already did this? Anyway, whatever you decide I’ll be listening :) Thank you.

listeningfromsatx ,

What a great perspective!

As a woman struggling with infertility and considering using a donor, I am very much appreciating hearing about Ally’s journey. It’s definitely making me reconsider keeping this a secret for the entirety of my child’s life. Thank you so much, Ally for being strong and sharing your story so that others can learn and grow from it.

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