Movie Review: My Flesh and Blood

My Flesh and Blood is a documentary featuring the Tom Family. Susan Tom adopted eleven children, ten of whom have different Special Needs and health conditions. I originally saw the Tom Family on the popular (in my house at least- ask J) television show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition. The children are beautiful and a great group of kids. The children are; Anthony, Faith, Hannah, Joe, Margaret, Libby, Cloe, Xenia, Katie, Susie and Emily. Sadly, before the documentary was filmed Susie passed away due to medical issues relating to a rare genetic condition, Epidermolysis bullosa. Anthony has since passed away as well due to the same condition.

I found this documentary to be extremely well done. (I may be a little biased because it’s combining two of my favourite things, Different Abilities and documentaries) It gave at great look into living life with children and teenagers with multiple needs. I think what I found to be most interesting about this documentary was seeing how Joe was dealt with. Joe was the fifteen year old son and had Cystic Fibrosis as well as some emotional disturbances. Joe was a very interesting young man who really gave us a great view into his life. It was quite interesting to watch him go from being very happy to all of a sudden switching to cursing at his family and offering death threats. There were some very obvious emotional disturbances in Joe (which is not surprising as he was in foster care for the first few years of his life- being moved from home to home and he was living with a life threatening illness) and Susan tried quite hard to get some Mental Health assistance for him but it was proving to be quite difficult. I thought this was a great insight into the difficulties to get help in some cases. Sadly, Joe ended up passing away near the end of the movie due to his Cystic Fibrosis.

This is a beautifully well done documentary, offering great insights and information. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone. It is available on iTunes for purchase or rental.




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