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You Carried Me: A Daughter's Memoir

by Melissa Ohden

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Author Melissa Ohden writes the actual survival story of being a botched abortion and how she sees herself after learning this news. She had always known she was adopted and was lucky enough to have a loving father and mother in her life. However, after she finds out the new about her birth, she begins to think more about the biological parents and what was the circumstance for their choice of wanting an abortion and why after all that happened during the procedure did they just not keep her. Her journey starts slow and seems to hit dead ends, but soon she finds individuals that are aware of what happened that night. Melissa Ohden bravely tells you the most difficult time in her life with grace and beauty. I enjoyed this story that I feel too often isn't talked about and would recommend to anyone. ( )
  JCGirl | Jun 23, 2017 |
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Melissa did not find out until she was a teen that she was the product of a failed abortion. She knew she was adopted, but she assumed she had been loved and her biological mother could not provide for her. She was adopted by a very loving couple. Her memoir chronicles her journey as she deals with this discovery and she uses it to help others. I was impressed with her journey and with the conclusion (no spoiler here). Very good reading for teens as well as adults. ( )
  LivelyLady | Mar 3, 2017 |
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I think the author Melissa Ohden's story of how she came into this world and survived is amazing. She is the survivor of a botched abortion. How the doctors didn't know how far along her mom was in her pregnancy boggles my mind. My rating is lower than the majority. I found the "anti-abortion' political message took over the short book. ( )
  lvmygrdn | Feb 27, 2017 |
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Wow. This was an incredible story of sorrow and triumphs. No matter what side you stand on pro choice or pro life this book makes you reconsider everything you thought you could know about abortion and the startling waves it creates in lives. ( )
  mootzymom | Feb 10, 2017 |
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An amazing, hard to put down book! Well written and heart wrenching. It's the true story of Melissa Ohden who discovered from her adoptive mother that her birth mother had tried to abort her. Over a period of years Melissa worked thought this mind numbing information while trying to discover who her birth parents were. She has led an amazing life and is actually a very amazing woman. This is a book, once started, is impossible to put down. ( )
  bettysunflower | Feb 4, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0874867886, Hardcover)

Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In this intimate memoir she details for the first time her search for her biological parents, and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and empowerment.


After a decade-long search Melissa finally locates her birth father and writes to extend forgiveness, only to learn soon thereafter that he has died―without answering her burning questions. Then her birth mother’s parents say they are unable to pass along Melissa’s letter. Years later, when she finally hears from the woman who carried her and gave her life, she finds out why. But the shocking truth is more than she can bear.


Yet even the most startling family secrets are eclipsed by the triumphant moment when Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. And she reveals how―through the miscarriage of her only son, the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues, and her own birth mother’s story―she gained a deep empathy for every woman who has had an abortion.

Like none other, this intensely personal story of love and redemption cuts through the debates surrounding a divisive contemporary issue to touch our common humanity.

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