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Nancy's Notes - April 14, 2011

"I Beat the Odds" by Michael Oher, “Inconceivable” by Carolyn and Sean Savage.

  The movie, “The Blind Side” was one of my favorites. Our patrons have enjoyed borrowing the DVD during the past year. The main character's adoptive parents, the Tuohys, were in Des Moines this past week speaking for a fundraiser. Michael Oher, the young man at the center of this true story, now has a biography entitled, “I Beat the Odds”.  Though the odds were stacked against him, Michael had a strong desire to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. The accounts of his story reveal memories, thoughts, and feelings only he knows and offers his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life. Oher shares the goals he had for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that surrounded his family. He recounts stories of growing up in the projects and running from child services. Eventually, he found football to be his ticket out of his tough up-bringing. Michael describes the necessity of seeking out positive role models and friends who share the same values to achieve one’s dreams.
    The Today Show has had several segments on the Savages. The couple were victims of a medical mistake made during an In-vitro procedure. Their story, “Inconceivable”, began in February of 2009 when they underwent an IVF transfer. They knew they had three options: become pregnant and celebrate, be grateful for their current family, but they never thought of the third option, test positive but the clinic had transferred the wrong embryos. Carolyn found she was pregnant with someone else’s baby. The Savages were then forced with the decision: terminate the pregnancy, sue for custody, or hand the infant over to his genetic parents upon delivery. The family decided to do what they prayed the other family would do for them if the situation was reversed. They decided to give the ultimate gift, the gift of life, to a family they didn’t know, no strings attached.
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