Wednesday, January 12, 2011
My Flesh and Blood
Last night, my husband and I watched an award winning documentary on Netflix called My Flesh and Blood. This documentary was about Susan Tom, an amazing woman who adopted 11 special needs children. All of the children have different conditions, requiring very individualized care from surgeries, therapies and bleach baths to their complex emotional needs. It’s hard not to be inspired as you watch Susan open up her heart and home to these children, while making personal sacrifices along the way.
One child’s story was particularly hard to watch. He has cystic fibrosis and ADHD. There were obvious moments where he was struggling with a lot of anger, something you may relate to with your own child. To see how his mental illness impacted all the other children was tragic yet familiar.
Then there were moments that made me laugh out loud, watching the silliness and courage to embrace humor in the face of such challenges. And other moments that made me cry.
But the radiant spirit these kids have after all they’ve been through was beautiful and inspirational, reminding me of mankind’s incredible ability to be resilient and overcome what seems impossible.
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A little more about Susan Tom:
In 2003, Susan Tom was nominated “The Most Inspirational Person of the Year”
(She lost to Archbishop Joseph O’Malley)
In the same year, she won “The Most Inspirational Woman of the Year”
With the help of two friends she estabilished the “Susan Tom Family Foundation” to educated the public about various disease that affect children.
In 2005, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition built Susan and her family a new house.
Uploaded on YouTube by worththepopcorn on
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Interview with Susan Tom, 5 years after the Home Makeover:
KXTV News 10, Apr 9, 2010
by Nick Monacelli