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You Carried Me


A Daughter’s Memoir


What happens when an abortion survivor finds her birth mother, who never knew her daughter was alive?

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 that he has died without answering her burning questions. Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. This experience transforms her attitude toward women who have had abortions, as does the miscarriage of her only son and the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues. But could anything prepare her for the day she finally meets her birth mother and hears her side of their story?

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By Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977.

Despite the initial concerns regarding her future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she not only survived, but with the love and support of her adoptive parents, medical professionals, and later, her biological family, she has thrived.
Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, Education, and Spanish, and a Master’s degree in Social Work.

In 2010, Melissa gave up her career in Social Work to accept her calling to share the miraculous story of her survival, the love and mercy of God, and the impact of abortion with the world. She is an internationally known speaker, radio and TV guest, contributor to magazines and news outlets, and she is the author of You Carried Me, A Daughter’s Memoir, which was published in January of 2017.
Melissa and her husband Ryan live in Kansas City, Missouri with their two daughters, Olivia and Ava. Although speaking and writing are Melissa’s calling, being a wife and mother are her first vocation and great love.

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