Jocelyn Miller is a Montessori teacher in San Francisco who spends her weekdays supporting the growth, development, and independence of young children. She is a lover of writing, hiking, spending as much time outside as possible, and going to concerts. She wrote this piece to destigmatize abortion and to offer a story of strength and hope to women and men alike.
“I didn’t touch you, but I felt you. I didn’t know you, but I loved you. I loved you, my first, my only.”
The afternoon I found out I was pregnant with you was just like any other day waiting for my period: I was late. I had gone off my birth control a year prior and I didn’t get my period for six months; then once I did, they were not predictable: they always came, but my cycle wasn’t steady. Sometimes four days late, sometimes ten days… you get the idea.
I had been taking pregnancy tests every cycle for the past six months just to have peace of mind. And to be honest, your dad and I weren’t using protection. And each month, when it decided to, my period came. So at 26 years old, on April 10th, 2015, just as I had for months prior, I took a pregnancy test because I was eight days late. And just as I had for months prior, I did so with ease, telling myself, “What another waste of $15.” See, my boobs hurt and were swollen; I was tired; I was hungry. I was clearly going to get my period.
In the last twenty minutes of my lunch break, I walked to Walgreens and bought the test — thinking the employees must assume I’m really irresponsible (I guess I was?). I walked back to the preschool where I work with ten minutes to spare and decided, “I’ll just do it now. I’m not pregnant.” I went into the first floor bathroom and peed on that little white-tipped stick. As I was peeing, I thought, “Well, it’s definitely going to be negative since this isn’t my first pee of the day. Don’t worry though — you’re not pregnant!”
I sat on the toilet and watched as my destiny-deciding urine — diluted with water, coffee, and last night’s wine — crept across the screen. The first line showed up dark pink as it always did, and then, suddenly, a faint second pink line emerged. “Don’t panic,” I thought. Then, my eyes glued to the test as if it were revealing to me the secrets of the universe, I stared. I stared and I watched the second line darken and become more prominent. I stood up, pants around my ankles, and lost my footing, grasping onto the shelf that held toilet paper and Febreze. I paced the bathroom, test in hand, pants still around my ankles, repeating curses to myself like a meditative mantra.
Rapid thoughts flooded my brain. They were in no particular order: I broke up with your dad and essentially kicked him out of our apartment. Your dad is an alcoholic. I was accepted into the Montessori teacher training program two days prior. I was accepted into a Master’s program the day before. I was promoted to junior teacher two weeks ago. My blood is one part plasma and two parts pinot noir. And with this tornado in my mind, I wrapped the pee stick (that represented my fate) in toilet paper (which, I couldn’t help thinking, was a pretty good metaphor for what was now my life). I pulled up my pants, didn’t flush, and walked back into the classroom where twelve toddlers slept. I looked at them and I couldn’t believe that that potential was now inside me. And then I panicked.
I texted two of my closest friends. They told me to think about what I wanted to do and that they’d support me regardless of my choice. Then I panicked more… I hadn’t even thought about how I had a choice to make, and how this didn’t only involve me, it involved your dad, too. That’s when I called him and told him he needed to come home, that I wasn’t mad at him anymore for all the horrible things he had recently done, and that we needed to talk. At first, he was kind of a jerk, but eventually conceded to drive two hours back to San Francisco even though I had just sent him away that morning.
On the way to the apartment he called and asked if I was hungry. “Starving,” I told him. “I want a burrito. And chips. Don’t forget the chips!” I waited for him on the couch in our front room, digging my thumb into the ridge of my index finger on both hands. I sit there like that until I hear the front door open and your dad walks in. We have only one flight of stairs, but I must have stood and then sat at least twenty times, unsure how to greet him. He walks into the front room while I am mid-stand, so that’s how I greet him. He tosses me the plastic bag with my burrito and chips (along with several containers of salsa that I didn’t ask for but he knows me well enough to bring them anyway), and asks, with little emotion, “What’s wrong?” I sit down and ask him to sit too, and he does so, across the room. We sit in silence for a little while, then I ask him to sit next to me, and he does, all the while looking surprised.
I take his hand in mine and say, “Everything that’s happened the past few weeks doesn’t matter anymore. I’m not mad at you anymore. None of it matters.” Your dad’s hand squeezes mine, although I don’t think it’s purposeful, and he asks again, “What’s wrong?” I look him dead in the eyes, knowing I’m about to change his life forever. That’s the last burrito he’ll ever order without any major care in the world, I think to myself. And then I blurt out, without any grace, and much louder than I intend, “I’m pregnant.” His eyes get wide as frisbees and he says, “Wait. How do you know?” I pull out the test and show him the two pink lines. This apparently isn’t convincing enough, and he asks if I’ve taken any more… haven’t I considered it could be a false positive? I pull out a second test with two pink lines, that I took while on the phone with my sister — this time in the apartment, this time repeating different expletives. It all means the same thing.
Your dad looks at me and then the tests before putting them down, one in my lap and the other in his, but it falls in between us… how symbolic. (Sense my sarcasm, little one.) He puts his hand on my thigh and asks, “What do you want to do?” I ask him, “What do you want to do?” He replies, “I want to do whatever you decide. I support your decision and I’m here no matter what.” In the moment I feel I should be appreciative, but for the first time, I feel angry about ‘my body, my choice.’ Can’t, won’t someone just tell me what to do?! Out loud, we weigh the facts: I have my schooling, I’d lose my position of junior teacher if I don’t do the teacher training program, thus losing the ability to become a head teacher one day. That, and I literally broke up with him two days prior. Your dad talks about how he’s an alcoholic, out-of-work barista. Would you call that dad-approved? We wouldn’t.
I tell him I don’t want an abortion, but nothing about this makes sense. We talk about how we could make it work, but it just doesn’t make sense. And so, we eat our burritos, filling ourselves with reality and carne asada. We sleep in the same room that night, and the next day he drives me to work. When he parks in front of my school, in front of parents carrying in their babies and small children, I call Planned Parenthood and schedule an abortion for ten days from now.
Nine nights later, the night before the appointment, I go to sleep the same way I have every night since I found out about you: heartbroken and tearful. I cry. I don’t want to lose you. I don’t want to let you go. I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and already, I feel like I know you — and yet I can’t have you.
Again, I sleep in the same room as your dad that night, and when my alarm goes off, I get ready to take the bus to work. Your dad offers to drive me, but I want to listen to music on my headphones. ‘Gone’ by The Head and The Heart plays, and I publicly cry at the lyric Gone are the days when the wind would touch my face, gone are the days when you’re the wind. I work a half day, then your dad picks me up and we drive to Planned Parenthood. There aren’t any protesters out that day and I’m grateful. After I check in, I have to take another urine test. Yes, I’m still pregnant. You’re still with me, and I’m grateful for that too.
I go into a patient room for questions and I’m told your dad can join me later for the mini-counseling session. I look back at him as the door closes behind me and I feel alone, until I remember you’re there with me. The first question the nurse asks is, “What was the first day of your last period?”, and I burst into tears. She assures me, “You don’t have to do this.” I tell her, “I do.” I compose myself. I have an ultrasound which tells me you are a five-week-and-two-day-old single embryo. The technician asks me if I want pictures, and I say, “I do.” When she leaves to print them, I repeat the lyric from ‘Gone’ and I cry more while holding my stomach. She returns and hands me an envelope. I open it and see two pictures of you. For some reason, I’m not moved, but still, I don’t want to lose you.
I move into the mini-counseling session with your dad, and we are firm on our decision. We then move to a different room and wait for the doctor. The abortion will be via the pill (which I think is an awfully ironic name for it). The doctor walks in and is quite pregnant. My eyes fixate on her belly, and I sob. She tells me, “You don’t have to do this. You can always come back.” I tell her, “I can’t.” I’m honest enough with myself to know that if I leave, I will never will come back. I ask for the pill and she hands me it along with a cup of water. I swallow hard several times until the pill burrows into the back of my throat like a rock. I cough and drink more water until it goes down, close to you. The doctor leaves and your dad and I hold each other and cry. We don’t say any words, but our embraces tell each other that we did the right thing.
Three years later, I look back on that day as the most difficult, important, unforgettable, and un-regrettable moment of my life. I wish I could have kept you, but I know our lives wouldn’t have been what you deserve. Each day, I will continually honor you and thank you for making the sacrifice so I could become a head teacher and get my Master’s degree; so your dad could take the steps he needed to stop drinking. You will always be part of my heart, and I know that if someday I see two pink lines again, it will be you coming back to me. And when that day comes, we’ll both be ready.
I had an abortion 10 years ago and I still regret my decision because I was living in the country with out a permit at the time I was considered an iligal imegrant and I was afraid what was gone happen to my baby . The dad had permit and he wanted to have the baby And he even offer to get merried because I also was afraid of telling my family and I said no with in 3 or 4 days after founding out I abort our baby . My boyfriend stayed with me but after a while he started blaming me and our relationship change . I regret having the abortion because of many things and I ask hem to have another baby even if my situation was the same but he said he didn’t want to have a baby he was hart broken every time he see kids he would say my baby would’ve been her or his age and that kills me inside I cry for so many nights and days I still do. 5 years after that we accidentally get pregnant and have a beautiful baby girl but even after having her I still retreat my choice and he still blaming me as he should I guess but we live a very sad life am trying to have another baby but he is not making as much trying as I do because he say am with you only for my daughter and am living for her to but she always ask for a sister or brother I don’t know what to do .so much happened in our life that I think wouldn’t be happening if I just have my baby and get married with him . Because we still didn’t get married when our family asked us we use to say next year next year but now I don’t think if it’s ever gone happen. My biggest fear is not be Abel to give my girl a sibling I will be 39 in a couple of days so . Sometimes I think about taking my life and then I think about my daughter . We are both unhappy . I don’t know what to do
I know exactly how you feel . I was pregnant for the first time when I was 29 years old . My partner abandoned me and I had no money. I always wanted to be a mum I adore children but back then I couldn’t keep it . After I had the abortion I desperately wanted that the doctor made a mistake and month after month I wished to be pregnant. I look for my child for twenty years but I was never able to get pregnant again . It haunts me every day . All the best xxxx
Hi Owami, your message speaks to me because I was completely alone too.
God has forgiven you and you should try and forgive yourself.
We done the best we could at the time, and that’s all we can do.
One day you will be an amazing mum, don’t doubt that!
Sending love xx
I had an abortion when I was an illegal immigrant my boyfriend that time wanted me to get an abortion. I was very helpless. I was very sad.! Every now and then I am haunted. She / he would have been 9 years old. I always believed that I will meet my angel one day. Take care.
I got married in December, I just found out that I am pregnant last week, I’m running my masters degree and my husband isn’t financially stable, feeling really sad and confused about what to do next
I had an abortion back in 1999. I was a 19 year old college student with absolutely no plans to marry or have kids at that point. Me and my boyfriend were going steady and were a couple but we were very young, both of us college freshmen. My periods had always been very irregular and I had taken over the counter tests when it got late but I got negatives the both times so I was certain I wasn’t pregnant. When I started getting very nauseous all the time my Mom said I was definitely pregnant and we went to the gynecologist who gave me an ultrasound and said I was pregnant. I was shocked. I told my mom who was not shocked and she said we should schedule it for the next day. So we did. We went to the clinic, me, my mom, and my boyfriend. And then we came back home. It took me months to get back to normal, probably because of the hormones, and I got severely depressed and anxious.
I never knew if I wanted kids or not or if I’d make a good mother. I was pursuing an academic career and never had the chance. Then I went into early menopause at 34 and never had kids. I found your post when I was idly googling if I ever was a mother too and I’m sitting here and crying. It was beautiful.
Your story sounds exactly like my own. I am 31 and have a 4 year old and an 8 year old step daughter. The dad and I literally talked about having another baby one day but we didn’t know it would happen so fast. My baby fever was at an all time high I was even looking at baby clothes. Then I found out I was pregnant! I immediately was overcome with fear! I was diagnosed with a form of heart disease two years ago and the first thing I thought about was how it would affect my life and the baby’s life. I was so confused, so afraid and I let fear take over my life. I took the pill at 6 weeks. I just felt I needed more time to see other heart specialist and doctors to figure out what can be done about my heart before I have another child. I feel awful. Everyday I think about my baby, I’m still google searching what the baby would look like at this gestation age, what the baby would be doing. I know I would feel his kicks by now. I would give anything to have my baby back. I would give anything to hold him. I prayed for him but I let fear control my decision. I pray God gives me another chance and send him back to me one day.
Wow I needed to read this. I have a toddler and I’m pregnant again. I’m so fearful I don’t know what to do.
I’m in the same situation except with two different dads. I’m giving up the pregnancy to focus on my toddler & also to avoid a life of suffering for the new baby… You know in your heart what the right decision is.
Your situation is mine. I already have a 1 yr old but im 5 months.
The dad is eh.
I personally cant do abortion nor adoption. I dont have a strong conviction I can do this. I just hope that I can. I hope everything will be okay.
Hi, my story is very quite similar to yours. I was 36 yrs old, with a 3.5 yrs old girl who was born premature at week 28. I had severe preeclampsia and had to do c-section at week 28. My daughter was only 800g when she was born, stayed in NICU for 3 month. The dad and I had talked about having another child after 3.5 yrs. We started trying, but didn’t expect it to come so soon. When I found out I was pregnant, was overcome with fear. I was worried I would have preeclampsia again, which could put baby and me in danger. Like you, I was afraid and let fear took over my life. My husband said he would support me whatever decision I make. I decide abortion at week 6. Now, I’m regretting every single day of my life. It hurts the relationship with my husband, and we are about to be separated as we cannot communicate anymore. It ruins our relationship badly as we are both regretting the biggest mistake we made in our lives.
I am nearly 25 now and had an abortion at 17. Everything in life was so uncertain and I had nothing and had no idea where I was going and a part of me felt pressure from everyone else. The situation was messy and It all feels like a blur now. I had an abortion past the point of having the pill so had to have the surgery, It was the most painful time of my life physically and emotionally and I never expected it would continue to haunt me. He would have been 7 and his name was Dyno. I know it was the right decision but I regret every moment of it even to this day. I wish I had made the even more difficult decision and been able to hold him and tell him how much I love him. I saw a tarot reader 2 years ago and they brought him up and told me he forgave me and understood but I will never forgive myself. I failed my baby boy and I’m still trying to figure out how to be at peace with myself and sometimes I’m so scared I never will be.
I feel that too I was once pregnant while I was doing matric 2016 I was confused and lonely because I did not know what to do by that time but I found myself lost then I decided to do abortion sometimes it hunt me to a point where I can’t think straight but I had to forgive myself for that because I did the right choice for myself
I feel like you put my experience and feelings into words. My grief has been unbearable the past 5 days since I had the abortion. I can’t get the ultrasound picture or the thought of the potential of my baby out of my head. Thank you for posting and giving me hope that I will find peace.
30 years old , I’m pregnant now. And way farther along than I thought. Have always used protection. I’ve always had irregular periods and issues. Just since December is when I noticed I wasn’t having my “normal” periods. I am with someone who I can’t bring myself to tell and I am starting to feel emotionally and mentally effected by it. I don’t know where to go or what to research for. I’m at a loss. I’m not ready for kids. I can hardly keep up with what I have now in my life. I don’t want to get in trouble… I just don’t know what to think anymore. And I don’t feel well. Physically or health wise and it’s not suppose to be this way.
I was 17 yrs old when I got pregnant, At that age I was not ready, alot of expectations from my parents await me plus the fact that I got pregnant by the person I don’t love.so I’ve decided to abort it by means of massage. It took almost 6 months and I delivered my poor child.. I did regret it but I can’t imagine how’s my life would had been if I didn’t do it. I’m always hunted by guilt almost everyday, same as you I’m also working in Nursery school, so I always see kids that reminds of my poor one. I haven’t seen her since after I delivered her, I immediately went whom and my sister arranged everything after she found out what happened , because I needed help so I called her.. The heavy burden and guilt that I felt each day makes me question myself why I did came to that point, if I was careful enough to not make mistake. I’m 28 now and I don’t see having a kids in the future maybe because I can’t forgive myself with what I’ve done. How I wish I was brave enough to shrugged off the opinion of other people,my friends and family. Up to this moment I’m still thinking of her, asking God and her for forgiveness.
It hurt because I was all alone in it,the thought of it break my heart into million pieces I’ve prayed to God to forgive me but still I can’t get over it…. Thank you so much for writing posting this just hope and pray that one day I will get a chance to be a mom again….
I found out I’m 6 weeks pregnant last week. My boyfriend says I should abort it. But deep down I know I might regret it if I abort it. I’m in my final year in university. I don’t have the financial capability to take care of a child. It’s killing me and I’m crying every night. I can’t make up my mind. And I’m scared because I’ve read what an abortion can do or affect my fertility. I need to make my mind ???
Please keep your baby. God will see you through. I had abortion almost 4 years ago and it still affects me greatly. I always imagine what he or she would have looked like and I feel I failed my child. I wish I could turn back the hands of time. Praying for you! God bless ❤️
I found out I was pregnant today after being a few days late on my period… I’m lost!!!!! I’m a mother to 5 boys.. 2 from my previous marriage that I share 50/50 custody of and 3 littles that are with me 24/7. I’m a working fulltime mom… I’ve always been morally against abortions… I’ve always advocated against them and here I am having to contemplate one. My husband is pretty headstrong about me aborting.. my heart is broken. Financially we are already tight. I don’t want an abortion but that seems to be the best option. Someone please talk and guide me into a direction. I feel so empty and outright irresponsible. We use protection and still I’ve ended up pregnant once more. ?????
I’m in exactly the same situation as you and just don’t know what to do. I have images that it’s the same as trying to kill one of my current children. I know it not quite the same but it’s just how I feel. My husband is dead set against it and I’m not sure what to do. Can’t help thinking it’s meant to be when I got pregnant again. I don’t want having another baby to be detrimental to my current children and can’t help think that it will be. Also it will definitely be detrimental to my relationship with my husband
Ang, your situation is same as mine. Made the biggest mistake of my life 4 yrs ago. Always imagine what he or she will look like. Wish I could turn back time.
Me too, yesterday I found out I was 8 weeks pregnant and my boyfriend also doesn’t want to keep it.
I wish this decision wasn’t so hard.
I too feel like I will regret it if I do this,
I’m only 21 and I’m not financially free.
I wish this was easier.
This is me right now,I don’t know what to do 🙁 it’s so hard. I just turned 21,everyone wants me to keep the baby and I want to be a mom but I don’t at the same time. I’m ready,but am I really ready? I’m not financially free..and my boyfriend said he will literally kill me if I decide to keep the baby. I don’t know what to do at all.
Nothing in life is easy but in this case you should try making a list. You are making a decision that will affect not only your life but your boyfriend and your child if you choose to continue. Children cannot eat love and so please think about your financial situation. Children need attention so please think about if you’re equipped to care for them on your own as a single parent. Babies need around the clock care for decades; they are nothing like pets. When you make this list of pros and cons, I think it will help you understand the reality. If you can handle a child, have it. And understand that by forcing your boyfriend to do something he isn’t ready for you may ruin your relationship with him. If you can’t, then don’t be guilty. It wasn’t the right time and the best way to move forward is by working to build a life in which you can raise a child in the future.
I was 14 weeks with two boys already. My bf convinced me we weren’t ready. I just knew it was my girl I prayed for. I even Bought girl stuff….. in the end I told myself he was right. He promised me we would be ready later and I believed him. Guess what? nothing was ever the same between us. Today it’s been 1 year since the surgery. I’m balling my eyes out googling help topics because I miss her so much. She was worth fighting for. I hope she can forgive me
I had an abortion two years ago and I regret it in some ways, but in others I am massively grateful I did it. Just like you, I too was in university. Having an abortion allowed me to live my life and fulfil my dreams but I did become depressed over it and the stigma of having one can be really hurt you. My advice to you would be do it if YOU want to, don’t let nobody – not your parents or partner tell you what to do, take some time and think about it because it is a situation that stays with you forever. If you do it, please remember you are not alone and it does get better ❤️ And remember (if you believe) God will forgive you.
Oh and one more thing – abortion doesn’t affect your fertility. I am pregnant now and I know many other girls who have had an abortion that have had children.
I was literally in the same situation as you! I’m 21, and I was 7 weeks pregnant last week but decided to terminate, after much deliberation. If it makes you feel any better, abortion is highly unlikely to affect your future fertility 🙂 equally though I’m missing my baby a lot. I’m I’ll never be sure if I made the right decision, but I’m financially incompetent right now. Best of luck xx
I had an abortion when I was too young to provide a child with the life it deserved. It’s something I think about every day. I’m grateful I was in a position to have options and make a choice as a woman.
I’m doing my final major project in my fashion degree and want my final collection to be inspired by my experience. I want to help the conversation start on a different platform and educate. I’d like to represent other woman’s stories not only my own, does anyone have any advice or an opinion on the matter? I want to be respectful and listen to people who have been through the same as me. Xx
I found out I was pregnant on this day a year ago and like you I was scared. I instantly thought about abortion and although I was afraid I’d regret it I went ahead and scheduled the appointment. On the day of the appointment I cried so much I couldn’t get myself to do it and as time went on I decided to keep him. My pregnancy was miserable I was depressed and anxious all the time and often wondered if I made the right choice but the day my son was born I knew I made the right choice. I love him so much it hurts I can’t imagine my life without him, he filled a hole I didn’t know I had. He is the reason why I feel so motivated now, and although it’s not easy I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world. Listen to your heart, there is no wrong choice
Liliana Franco says
Maria i wish i could talk to to you.
Please look into and join the face book group I Regret My Abortion there is a logo of a rainbow. They are a group of loving people who have been in your position.
Rachel Daisy says
Hi Kenz. I have never replied to something like this online before but what you said sounded so similar to a situation I was in last year that I feel I need to tell you you’re not alone. I am 31 and had an abortion in November last year at 10 weeks pregnant, which was later than I thought too. Luckily I was able to talk to my partner who was incredibly supportive but there were so many reasons for this not being the right time for us. We agonized over what to do and spent a week making our decision which whilst incredibly painful was ultimately the right one for us.
Emotionally I suffered very badly for the first 2 weeks after the abortion (even to the point of being suicidal at times which is massively out of character for me) I was warned that pregnacy hormones around this time are at their strongest and to expect extreme moods. After a further 2 weeks things started to settle down.
I would never say that I’m over it and my biggest regret is not being careful enough to avoid getting pregnant in the first place. I think about it most days (I would be due on 30th May which coincidentally is my birthday) but I don’t dwell on it anymore and do appreciate that for me it just wasn’t the right time and I was not ready or prepared to give a child the life it deserves. We hope to be parents one day and in honour of everything that has happened and what we have been through are doing everything we can to build a secure future so that when the time is right we are prepared.
I just had to message to empathise that this is not an easy decision and I understand the turmoil you are likely going through right now. This is your decision and you must do what feels right for you. I just wanted to let you know that the decision I made was very painful and still hurts at times but that it does get easier especially if you know you made it for the right reasons. I am thinking of you xx
I’m 18 and also 6 weeks pregnant and my boyfriend says I have to abort it. But I don’t want an abortion.. it’s heartbreaking ? I don’t know what to do.
Even if i don’t want an abortion, i have to do it for my future and my boyfriend’s future. It is a very hard decision to make thinking about having our fist baby but I have no choice. It’s not being selfish if you think about it deeper. But it’s up to you. Have a good day.
I can identify , however the thought of another pregnancy scared me.. so I never wanted another child.. after this..This was 28 years later
I am in the same boat currently. I know you made the right decision for you! ❤️
I’m 23 years old. I just had an abortion a couple days ago and I was 7 weeks. I know I made the right decision but I’m feeling really bad and sad right now. Me and my boyfriend have our own issues and this time he wanted me to keep this baby but I told him I’m not ready to become a mother. Then after that we took a break and he broke up with me on the day I got abortion and said that he’s moved to a different state and didn’t think he wanted to come back home. I was so lonely and had nobody to talk to, man I really thought I was gonna go crazy when we took the break. Anyway, I’m still mourning and will never forget till the day I die.
This resonates with me. I did an abortion 10 years ago and never disclosed to my them boyfriend who is now my husband. He now know about it and wants to end our marriage of 4 years. Says he can no longer trust me as I betrayed him for the past 10 years.
What you did in your life is your history and your past and whatever you choose to share with your husband, or what he found out on his own, is a privilege; it is your truth and what he knows of that, he should consider as an honor, because it is your unique story to tell. I don’t know if you have lived in regret or relief of your abortion before this moment, or what feelings his opinions have risen out of you now- all I know is what you decided to do with your pregnancy, whether that involved him ten years ago or not, was your decision. You deserve the acceptance and tolerance of a choice that is yours and yours only. You will be in my thoughts and in my heart.
My room mate and best friend had an abortion two days ago. She made the choice within a day, and now she is so upset and emotional and traumatised. She and her boyfriend are claiming that, if they could go back in time, they would have kept it. I said this is the hormones speaking and she did the right thing. She is 23, they’ve been together 6 months and she’s not ready for such a huge commitment. I wish I could advise a podcast or supportive tv bit for her to watch. All the best. Xx
My husband and i split up a few months ago but have been seeing eachother on and off during that time. We have been having the same unprotected sex as we were while still together. I haven’t gotten pregnant the last 2 years since being off birth control and we already have two children as it is. I’m 8-9 weeks pregnant, i have not told him since we are not together although we still engage in sex. It’s so irresponsible of me i know, but i don’t want him to feel like I’m trying to use this new baby as a way to rekindle our relationship that in reality was not that good. I love him he doesn’t exactly feel the same, as per the way our relationship has gone these last few Years which caused it to end. I’m so confused and torn between getting an abortion or keeping the baby. I want to keep the baby but then i feel like maybe i should get an abortion and give myself this chance to truly start over and fresh and cut ties with him other than coparenting. Please give me some advice I’m so lost right now.
I’m 33. I have an 11 month old and a 13 year old from my husbands first marriage. I’m almost 6 weeks pregnant and although I want this baby, my husband does not. He’s worried our quality of life will suffer for the whole family. I don’t know if he’s being dramatic or not but he thinks we will lose our home because we are barely making ends meet with one in daycare. I can’t quit my job, but I can’t afford 2 in daycare either. There’s no good option. We can’t afford this baby. But I already feel connected and cry so hard every time I think of letting it go. My heart is so crushed. I will make my decision within the next 2 weeks.
Maria McGrath says
Thank you for writing this. It resonates and although I’m still very sad, makes me feel more peaceful. I recently found out I was pregnant after having a late period. I had an abortion many years ago and I was fine with it because I absolutely knew I was in the right place. This time is different. It has the potential to work, but like you said, doesn’t make sense no matter how hard you look at it. I am finish a social work degree and my fiance just finished his Master’s and has started working. The place we live doesn’t have space for a baby and we are only just building our savings. I am so heartbroken. I have never cried to hard in my life. I feel like I don’t know what to do with myself. I want the baby, and he says not yet. I know that deep down he’s right but it’s tearing me apart. I’m afraid that in a few years I won’t be able to based on my cervical health. All I’ve ever wanted is to me a mom.
My wife had an abortion almost 20 years ago and has regretted every day since. We’ve been married about 10 years and I have children from my previous marriage that she loves as well but cant help being jealous of. She wo t talk to anyone as she feels she would be seen as weak. The subject presents itself fairly often and I am at a loss. She had a support network that would have helped and supported her but being very self sufficient wodnt allow her to acknowledge at the time. Now she feels she let her self and everyone else down. I dont know how to help her other than being there. I have tried to persuade her to look at forums or see a psychiatrist to help her through the guilt but she doesn’t want to be associated with the stigma attached with it. She is a very strong woman but this is killing her slowly and I dont know how to help.
i’m 22 years old and just had an abortion over the weekend. my boyfriend has 3 daughters from 2 previous relationships age 10, 8, & 2. I know I made the right decision, but seeing him with his kids now breaks my heart bc he didn’t want the one with me right now. we are just buying a house and i know money isn’t good right now, but i can’t help but hate his kids now bc i had to give up mine. i’m so lost on how to proceed.
Hi Melanie, just don’t do it! You are raising two kids of his first marriage and the least he can do is to man up and respect your decision of keeping this baby. I have a 5 year old and a 1 year old with my husband but prior to that I got pregnant with a guy who I was on and off hanging out with and I decided to do an abortion because I knew he would not be there for me to support me on my decision but to be honest with you I do regret having to abort it. My boy ( yes, For some crazy reason at that time, I wanted to find out the sex of the baby through the blood test they do to check chromosomes… and it was a boy) would be 7 years old. And, I don’t know If I ever would have met my husband of now and not really sure of he would stick around with me having a kid from somebody else but regrets are one of the worst thing that you go though when you make a decision like this. I tell you where eats 4 in a table, there is always a place for a fifth one. You definitely should keep it! Good luck on your decision if you haven’t made up your mind yet but no matter what, I am sure it will be the best decision for you.
Best of luck!
Hey, came across this after searching for something to resonate with how I feel. I’m playing the song you listened to sobbing. I wish I could talk to someone who gets it so much :,( also cate… I hope your ok and you and your husband sorted things out. Must be awful.
I found this whilst considering abortion. I have a three year old. I’ve just got an amazing job that I can’t afford to give up, I suffered badly with my mental health the first time round. The silly thing is I want another child. I think. Just not now. Not until I’m sure. I’m so confused
I’m currently in the exact situation. My daughter will be three next month and I just found out that I’m pregnant. My significant other is leaving the decision to me and will support either way it goes but I just don’t know what to do. We want to expand our family but we weren’t expecting to do it so soon. I’m up and down about it all. I don’t want to regret terminating my baby but what if I get into a situation where I can’t get out of? Ugh.
Lola Flores says
Im 16 and I knew there was no way I could support a child. But I can’t help but feel a deep sense of loss and regret over ending the pregnancy. I cry all the time and I don’t think I’ll ever stop.
How did you tell your mother ?
Hi. I am heartbroken. There are no other words. My husband does not want another child. It would be my second but he has children from a previous marriage. I am 40 and do not want another child with my husband because he is not supportive at all. We do not have the money, the room, were too old, etc. It is killing me to know she is alive now and she won’t be in a few days. I feel like the biggest failure in the world. Feel so alone and feel like I will never get over this. And it bothers me that my husband’s doesn’t realize the pain I’m going through. How difficult this truly
is! I am 6 weeks and already feeling flutters and I feel like I will never get past be this. Ever.
I just wanted to say thank you for writing this. I am 18 and got an abortion 4 weeks ago. Im sad, but dont regret it. I was heavily against murder but I know its for the best. I dont know you but it seems to me that if you went through with it, it was 100% the right thing to do. Good luck with that husband. My boyfriend told me to abort mine and I dumped him and made that decision on my own. I have too many dreams to fulfill and after the abortion i literally have 200 dollars in my bank account. Much love:)
I just passed the due date of what would have been my baby had i decided not to terminate. i struggle deeply with wanting to try again. i feel deep in my heart that i made the wrong decision and if i tried again i know i would make it right. but no one wants that for me. no one is on my side. i know it’s just rational thinking, but it still hurts a lot.
Thank you for this. I will terminate in 3 days. I am sitting with this sweet being I cannot support, and feeling so sad. I know what I will do and why I feel it is the best choice I can make, but I will never forget this little tiny creature that has visited me and wanted so much to be my family, as I so wanted to be hers/his. It is a deep sorrow. It means so much to see it spoken by another. Your words help.
This post hit home for me. As a minor in highschool who lives with her boyfriend (of 2 years), I had to have a termination back in September after finding out I was pregnant days before the dad’s birthday (Aug. 28). My partner said he would support me either way but I knew deep down to him it might as well have been the end of the world. I couldn’t talk to him about keeping it because he would panic and and say it wasn’t plausible anytime I showed attachment. Hesitantly I got the pill, I was just a day before 10 weeks, I held my baby and cried until I couldn’t. it didn’t take him long to move past but it’s something I struggle with frequently in the form of nightmares and guilt. I knew I wanted to finish school, and with barely making enough to keep the house stocked with I knew I would have to turn to work full time to be able to keep it. I never talked to people about it after. his mom knew, she had taken me to my appointment. I knew she hurt for me too. Now it is 3 months later and I always find myself looking at bassinets and baby items. Sometimes I wish I still had my baby. I pray one day my baby will cone back to me.
A M says
I lost my baby in August. A mother is a protector but I couldn’t, I killed my unborn. I had to. Please please please pray for us so that my darling would come back to me. And I too pray from the core of my heart that you all get back your unborn ones.
Me too A M, August the 30th. Her due date has passed now. I had a late term surgical abortion, against my will. Sometimes I still feel her, I pray that she’s come back. One day, maybe. I’m seeking a medium to try reach her. I pray for you, and your baby. Xxx
We are all such incredible and compassionate women. I am yet to book the appointment but i know it is the better choice. This experience has done extraordinary things to me so far – i have softened and really felt into my feminine. I now have learnt something new about myself – i will absolutely love to be a mother one day. The connection is like no other.
Thankyou all for sharing your stories + most of all the letter to the little light. X
Whats crazy is this exact story is mines (not in reality but figuratively) I literally did everything she did, said everything she said. And the dad is on pills really bad and i didnt find out until it was too late. I feel that it was indeed the best decision for me but I’m so emotionally torn that i feel horrible for doing it i was also about 5 weeks .
I didn’t go through with the abortion, I couldn’t once seeing my baby but ever since deciding to keep my baby I’m still. Struggling with the decision I made. Everyone had always said about decisions like this that you need to be 100% sure either way but I wasn’t sure either way at all. I worry everyday about what y child will be like when he is here, how y decision is going to have an impact on the people around me, on those closesest to me. I feel guilty because I strjuglle to show real excitement when I know others want to when they find out and I feel so false trying to bounce off their energy. I know I’m going to love him when he is here but in the time being I am just purely struggling. And I think I would have either way I would have decided so why am I finding it so hard to accept and move on.
Hi. Have you done it? My apt is tomo And I don’t want to go
I have been sleeping with a guy unprotected for a year now last month I got pregnant and I had a miscarriage I never told him because we are not together. I’m 27 years old and he is 32 years old. Exactly a month later I find out I’m pregnant again. I know it sounds irresponsible to have sex with a man that I’m not with unprotected. I wasn’t going to tell him until I was so far along I could not abort but that sounds crazy. I felt like he had to know it is his right to know. I love him I know I do but I also know he does not feel the same way for me. I want more than anything to be a mom. I wanted it to be beautiful and for us both to be so happy but the day I told him his first words were “ you have to abort it “ the way his face was was like I ripped his whole life from under him it wasn’t a face of being scared to be a dad it was a face that only a person who had a secret would make I can’t understand him because we clearly had a lot of sex that was unprotected how could we not feel like this would happen eventually I just don’t understand at all he knows that I love him so he started to say things like I’m selfish for wanting to bring a child into this world he doesn’t want he grew up without a dad and I wouldn’t understand, he said if I have this baby it will pull us further apart and he will never be able to look at me he said I was a liar because I have told him I’m down for him and that’s not being down for him. He told me that if I abort this baby we can plan a life together later he promises. I’ve never thought I’d be in this position and feel so weak and lost. I’ve never allowed a man to make me feel like this. That exact day I started bleeding I went to the ER and they said I might miscarry again I told him and he is convinced I am going to lose the baby. I feel like regardless if I keep our baby or not he is not going to be apart of my life anymore. I don’t think I’m going to miscarry the baby at all this time I stopped bleeding. I told my cousin and she said that his name sounded familiar and asked around. She told me he has a live in girlfriend for 6 years and the girl has a 10 year old son that is not his but he helped raise. He comes at all times of the day we talk all day we talk on the phone all the time I would have never thought. He met my dad. I’m lost and have a follow up appointment in 2 weeks to test my hcg levels by that time is will be 8 weeks almost 9. If there is a heart beat I really don’t feel I can abort but I’m afraid the stress he will give me will cause me to miscarry anyway. Am I selfish for bringing our baby into this world? I don’t want to live in regret of having an abortion. I don’t want one. I really don’t!
Kathy did you end up having the baby?
I pray for all of you. I had my first and only abortion 10 years ago at age 22, my partner who turned into my husband were together for only 2 months and the uncertainty left me with the choice to dissolve my pregnancy at 5 weeks. To this day I cry in memory of the child that could have been.
This moved me. I cry also. It has only been two years. I got pregnant from one night with a guy that I went on a few dates with. I had not long been in a new job that I had wanted and worked hard for. I had not passed my probation period and I wanted to prove myself, to be as good as I could be. I also didn’t want to be a single mum of someone who did not want the child. There was also this paranoia about who the dad was. But in reality I know who the dad was because of what had happened on the night we spent together but it did not help my decision as I felt so ashamed. I told him and he messaged me every day saying to abort it. I wasn’t ready to quit my job. My parents would have had to raise the child on the other side of the country and I knew I wouldn’t have been able to bear being away from it. I aborted even though my heart ached and I loved it every day. I still do. I was 5 weeks. I feel she was a girl. My sister just found out she is pregnant and I congratulated her on the phone. Then I sobbed when I put the phone down. Then I sobbed all night and I don’t even know where it was coming from and I don’t know if they will ever stop. I just keep crying. I haven’t spoken to my parents yet. I know my mum will be so happy and that breaks my heart because I have to see the joy I could have given and shared with my mum but being shared with my sister and it hurts so much. There are no words. I wanted to give her grandchildren but that couldn’t be my only reason for keeping the baby. Everyone at work keeps getting pregnant and every time I hurt. I know the abortion has made me realise how much of an amazing mum I am going to be but I am also so desperate to be a mummy and the loss in my gut can’t be put into words. I feel I will never stop crying and never stop being broken hearted at my loss. It helps to know I am not alone so thank you. I hoped the pain and loss in my gut would fade away over time but it hasn’t. I thought the tears would stop but they don’t. Maybe they never will. I am with someone now and he is lovely. We have only been together 8 months though. He is also younger than me and nowhere near ready for a child and even moving in with me makes him scared. I can’t share any of this with him. I just want to be happy with him but its hard when we are on different pages. Anyway. That is my story which I have never shared. Love to each of you xxxxxxxxx
I’m 11 weeks pregnant and I’ve been dating a man for six months, I recently found out he is married but trying to get a divorce now, and he’s been sleeping with her even when he knew I was pregnant. He ignores me when I’m upset and just goes to bed with that knowledge. I feel manipulated and trapped. I am a teacher and take care of infants to two year olds, I’m devastated because in a better situation I would have kept this child. He keeps trying to make me have the child and give my child full custody and I feel like he wants to rob me because I can’t afford to have a child of my own. I need to get a surgical abortion on Monday and he can’t even decide if he wants to come and support me. I told him to not come at all and I would be fine. I don’t know how I got to this point of being so mistreated and lost. I’m going to mourn the abortion. I don’t know how I’m going to get over this.
Sydney C says
This brought me to tears. I got an abortion two years ago and while I know it was the right decision it is something I still mourn, that was my first and my only as well and this article HITS HOME.
My little sister just found out she is pregnant and I am happy for her but I just can’t help being sad that I didn’t get to know my baby and see him/her grow and I may never get that chance again ( was told it wouldn’t be easy to get pregnant to begin with) that baby could very well be my first and only. Sending love to all of you going through this situation .
THANK YOU for sharing.
I feel for you and very sorry for your loss. I had one 7 years ago and my one and only. I am now 48 and very much regret it and really don’t know how to go on, but somehow we must. My younger half sister is also pregnant with a girl which I always thought I would have. Keep the faith, you are not alone 🙂
I had one almost six years ago and I still cry about it. 36 years old and it’s looking like I won’t get another chance. Family assumes that I just don’t want to have them, when in reality, now, is that no one will have one with me. I cry at every baby shower/kids birthday party I go to, in secret of course.
Stephanie Love says
Oh, Honey. If you are in the position to do so, please consider becoming a SMBC (single mom by choice). There are different ways to go about this, like:
– purchasing sperm from a donor, via a cryobank
– locating a private donor and/ or coparent online
Those options may be easier, less expensive, and more in reach than you think. I realize this is an odd place to share this information, and I am in a much different situation now, but several years ago my partner and I struggled through severe male factor infertility when TTC my youngest. During that time, I had to learn a lot about our choices were, and I didn’t want to scroll past your comment without sharing some of that knowledge.
Hugs♡ and Merry Christmas!
I’m struggling with this right now. I want this baby, but I know financially we wouldn’t be able to afford it. I just recently started a new job and I want to progress. I already have a little one year old and the thoughts of having to go through it all again, deal with the depression and anxiety that I still haven’t healed from. I think I’d end up more broken than ever. But I want my baby so bad. I’m struggling with my decision and I almost wish someone could just make it for me.
Lara L Bergerson says
I’m struggling with this decision. Because o hate that it’s a decision. My first pregnancy ended the relationship because I ‘betrayed him’, although he would ‘never step down from his responsibilities ‘, and that’s how he made me feel. Like something to be dealt with, a burden that was his cross to bear. Well, I made it out alive. I have a lovely 5 year old sweets, a better partner that would totally support me should this happen again……..nope. How do I pick them? It’s almost the same situation. I’m 9 weeks, and he pretends like it does not exist. Keeps chugging along with home remodel and building his shop, and when I remind because I’m STRUGGLING with being left with this choice. Do I honor my heart and have another sweet lamb, potentially subjecting this human to another absentee parent who secretly resents their existence- OR- do I get the abortion. It’s what he wants. I can’t be a single “baby mama”, with two “baby daddies”. Not how I thought I would live my life. I’m confused and feel horribly alone. He doesn’t mean too, he’s just a consummate bachelor annnnddddd….damn it.
I can’t seem to decide on this but I know I have to do it… And I’ve been crying the past few days because I know I don’t want to be separated from my first baby but I can’t….. The baby daddy is crying too because we have a lot to achieve in life and this isn’t what we expected. I know one day when everything is settled down and fine she/he will come again and I’ll be more prepared…. It’s a hard decision…
Hi there I’m in the same situation, don’t know what to do I’m so sick ? I’m booked in for abortion on Thursday, I’m already a single mum to two kids. My heart is breaking but I can’t have another child on my own. I took the morning after pill and it failed
Mikal Christian says
I have never commented on a public post but I feel I need to do. I have no one I can really talk to about my situation. My “boyfriend” and I have been together for 15 years, we have a 9 year old & make about $80K (maybe more) combined income but yet I’m contemplating abortion. Not because I want to but because I feel I HAVE to. He just doesn’t want another child, but what about me & what I want? A part of me knows there are logistical & rational reasons why we should not have another & honestly those out number the reasons we should but yet I still want my baby. I’m maybe 3-5 weeks pregnant but already feel attached. I literally cry every moment I think of aborting it. I feel alone, abandoned & ashamed that I have to make this decision. I feel like I have to get the abortion or he will resent me and our relationship will be over. I also feel like taking that risk, that my baby is worth the sacrifice. I’m just lost.
Hi Mikal, I understand how torn you feel. I just went through having to make a decision as well. My advice to you would be to remember that at the end of the day, and your life, you have to be able to live with yourself, so forget about what your partner wants and do what is right for you. I hope that helps you make the right decision for you.
I just broke up with my boyfriend 4 days ago after finding out that he has been cheating on me.Deep down I knew that I was pregnant after 20 days late of my periods and my breasts becoming tender.Today I Decided to take the test and found out that I’m Pregnant.I lost my mother a year ago and do not have anyone who will support me and the baby financially.It hurts that We’ve always had conversations about having a baby one daday,now that it is happening and I’m all alone,I feel like a stupid.termination is the only option but I don’t even know What to expect.
I hear you and I’m there for you. Wish I had a way to contact you personally…
I know my future would never have turned out as well as it had, had I not had the abortion :). I came from foster care and was 19 when I became pregnant. When your raised in foster care – it is because there is virtually no one else willing or able to care for you as a child. As you can imagine, childhood and progression through young adulthood is very hard for foster children because most of our “supports” disappear once we turn 18 or so and are no longer eligible for the child welfare system’s services. My supports at the time were my boyfriend, a few very close friends my age, and my 4 younger siblings (3 were under 6 years old at this time). So not really any adult guidance, or access to the financial resources parents often avail their young-adult children.
I was pretty much pressured to become pregnant by my boyfriend at the time (now very ex). I didn’t want to be, but I had a hard time standing up to him and saying no for myself. The relationship was very toxic over all. And even though he ejaculated irresponsibly, and voiced that he wanted me to become pregnant.. as soon as I was, we both knew what needed to happen and he was on board.
Two years later in our relationship, he did end up confessing to me that the abortion caused him to resent me. But tbh, by that point in our unhealthy relationship – I had enough resentments of my own towards him to really care much.
Long story short – I’m 26 now, engaged to my partner for the last 5 years. I received my bachelors degree in adolescent counselling just last June. I’ve been employed in my feild for the past 4 years (student hires are highly sought in this feild). Since graduating, I was lucky to be hired right away at my DREAM job in my field.
My decision to have an abortion was a major fork in the road of my life. I can’t imagine what I would have done if I wasn’t able to have an abortion. To be honest, the abortion probably saved my life. I’m sure it goes without saying from reading about my childhood – but I have mental health issues and I’m not sure having a child of my own is something I will ever be mentally ready for, but I certainly wasn’t then. If you know you aren’t ready for this – trust yourself. It’s going to be okay. You are making the best decision for yourself at this point in time ❤️
Thank you for sharing your story!!!
I feel like I can relate and that give me a lil strength
I understand you completely I found out I was pregnant pretty early ( 2-3 weeks ) decided I was going to go through with the pregnancy after me & my boyfriend relationship changes drastically he started to become emotionally and mentally abuse. I then found out he was cheating on me big time it was scary my first thought was omg I can’t have this monsters baby but I still carried on with the pregnancy a little unsure but over time he got more abusive, still treating me badly he started saying get rid of the baby idc . Eventually with some deep talks from my family I booked an appointment and decided it was best not to have the baby I had to have a surgical abortion at 16 weeks . I instantly regretted it I changed my mind the day of my surgery but the nurse said I may have a miscarriage because I took the pill the day before . I just remember lying on the table crying my eyes out begging for forgiveness till They put me to sleep . It breaks my heart everyday because I didn’t really want to get rid of my baby I loved her ( felt she was a girl ), had a name picked out, went to multiple scans ( still got pictures ) .Today is a year since my surgery and I grieve her everyday I regret it . I PRAY my baby forgives me for being weak And she comes back to me. ??.
Thank you for sharing your story. I have been battling with the decision for some time now, had an appointment yesterday and didn’t go because the voices of those who tell me I need to have the courage to keep the baby keep ringing in my head and those that guilt trip me on the decision of abortion and how wrong it is. Truth is, I have no job, I am back in school with one child taken care of by my parents, I cannot bring another right now and of I did this new opportunity would go away. So thank you, next week I’m going for it, as difficult as it is, as much as I want this child and already love him/her I have to be realistic and also ask, what kind of life would I be offering this child. Thank you. ?
I wish you and your baby love and healthy lives your braver than I was I envy that, I had an abortion in April
It’s been 3 months since my abortion. I was 5 weeks when I decided to let my baby go, I miss her everyday .
I’m the same, my partner can’t understand why it still or ever did sadden me, he says it was too early no heartbeat, for that reason he does not feel what I feel, I cry alone, still. I know my baby deserves a life I couldn’t of given her now or at that time and I know one day she will come back to me, I get excited when i think about meeting her finally one day when we are both ready, I wish I had support here so I could cry to someone who gets it, I’m 23 and I had my abortion at 5 weeks and three days in April. It would have been too early to know the sex for sure but when I think of her I feel her and I know she was my baby girl… your not alone, whatever you feel, your not alone. Xoxo , AUSTRALIA
My boyfriend does not understand either. When I told him I was pregnant the first thing he said is let’s get a chicken sandwhich. Then told me I was over reacting for waking up in the middle of the night over and over crying. It’s so unfair that guys help in making the baby. If anything more of their fault because they shoot the load but we’re the ones that have to suffer through the pain
I begged mi amor to reconsider, I proposed to her 3 days before she had the abortion. She told me she was flattered but nothing could stop her from the abortion. Realizing it is her choice and respecting her decision has been rough but we’ve grown these past few weeks. It’s so hard. She has told me she regrets her choice to abort the fetus, she has said that many times now. I stand beside her and encourage her that she made the best decision she could. But I begged her not to go, I pleaded at times crying on the phone. It’s a hard feeling to know that there was energy of ours creating a life for 8 weeks. But it’s her decision in the end. I just wish I presented her with an easy choice. I feel like a failure for being the one who could not be seen as a wonderful choice to raise a baby with. The pain in my gut has not gone away. Surfing helps, but I know the best thing for healing is time. Praying for all of you and I know now every situation is so different. In the end this is her choice and all I can do is support her to the best of my ability.
I’m 9 weeks pregnant. I found out I was pregnant the same day I was supposed to get an IUD inserted. My boyfriend and I have only been dating a few months. It’s been really hard. He wants me to get an abortion, but I just don’t think I can do it. I feel I would regret it everyday for the rest of my life. But then, I’m scared that I will have to raise a child by myself. I really care about him, but this all has put a serious strain on our relationship. I hate that I’m stuck with making this decision. I feel like I’m losing either way; if I get an abortion, I’ll most likely regret it, and if I don’t, I’ll struggle as a single mother.
This story is so touching and I’m thankful to have come across it. My best friend just found out she is pregnant a few days ago and she is only 19. We just signed the lease on our apartment and we were planning a trip to Italy for next summer. All I can think about is that I’ll no longer be able to turn to her when I feel like doing something that stupid teenagers do. She is planning to keep the baby because she doesn’t think she could handle the depression that would follow an abortion. I support her no matter what her decision is but ultimately I feel like she is too young to make the rest of her life set and stone. I’ve been her best friend for 6 years and I never saw this coming. She’s only known her boyfriend for 3 months and now they are contemplating a forever type of future together to raise this child. This is just not exactly what I wanted for her and I’m scared to lose my best friend in a sense because I’m not quite ready to grow up that fast. I wish I would’ve bought her plan b or made sure she was taking her birth control but those options are completely out of reach now.
I just wanted to say thank-you for sharing your story. I am turning 23 in two days, on July 24th funny enough. A month ago i started feeling sick and tired. I told myself there was no way i could be pregnant. I took a test when i got home from work and sure enough i was. I told my husband minutes before we left to go camping. We talked all weekend, tried finding ways to make it work but we both knew it wasn’t the time because of so many factors, the big ones being my health and finances. Last Wednesday we went for the abortion and it has been the hardest week physically and mentally for me. But i wanted to say thank-you because your post was something i came across before i went in for my abortion and it brought me to tears. The way you wrote it felt so close to home for me and i just wanted to say thank-you, thank-you, thank-you. Like you, i have always wanted to be a mom and it was so hard to make this decision. We want to give our child the best life possible, and now is not that time. But like you said, when i see those two pink lines again, i know it will be my baby coming back to me.
I commend you for making that choice. It was also great that you had someone to give you a choice. I am currently 5 months pregnant with my child. I have a 13 year old with my boyfriend and we live together. Our relationship has been a roller coaster from start to now. When I had my daughter, he unfortunately couldn’t be there and I raised her on my own until she was about 6 years old. I moved to another state, finished my undergrad (with a newborn) in teaching and even completed grad school also in teaching (with a toddler at the time). Raising her was not easy on my own but he convinced me to move back so he can have his family. I was able to get another teaching job back in our home state, and have been teaching for years.
This brings me to a previous pregnancy right before this in which I unfortunately miscarried. I don’t feel like he was there for me as he should. We left the hospital with him saying we can try again. I will be 37 years old and have had previous abortions but after this miscarriage (I never had one before), fear that I will never conceive again came across me.
When I found out I was pregnant this time, I told him as we were arguing. From the moment on, he has told me to get an abortion, that it’s not the time. In my mind, I’ve raised a child on my own, and even with all the struggles, raising her has been the most rewarding experience ever.
I’m at the point where leaving him is the only option because each day he tells me to ‘get an abortion’ in person, texts, etc. My daughter knows that I’m pregnant and it’s a very stressful and uncomfortable situation. I feel my baby moving around and he doesn’t understand what I’m going through.
I’m stressed and feel so alone. Not as alone because feeling my baby every night move around gives me hope.
Im in a very similar situation, I have a 3 year old, my fiancé and I decided to try for number 2. I’m now 11 weeks and as soon as I found out I was pregnant he has gone back to abusing alcohol. He’s verbally abusive, I’ve spent all my money on him, no savings, lots of debt… he makes the money I just make very little. Now I’m thinking an abortion is my only option, I kicked him out last night. I don’t know where I’m going to go or how I’m going to make this work but I’m terrified…. and I have no clue what to do.
I really commend you Shawn. It can’t be easy and it’s hurtful for the man you’re suppose to be with to embed abortion in your head after telling you, you two could try again. I found out I was pregnant October 1st. I was 5 weeks and didn’t know it. I was so excited when I found out because I didn’t even know if could have kids. I’m 29 and each partner I’ve been with had children outside of me after we ended our relationship. I thought I was the problem. I got into a relationship with the man I grew up with and within 8 months I became pregnant with our first child. How first and my first. I was overjoyed but crushed the next day after he told me we weren’t ready and that I should get rid of it. He told me to decide between him and the baby and he would leave. I never felt more disconnected to anyone in my life. Abandonment threat…I couldn’t believe it. No matter how he was conceived this baby wasn’t a mistake not to me. We argued and I prayed on it. Considered his feelings but ultimately decided I wasn’t going to to do it. I told my baby it may have to be just me and him. Unfortunately my health started to take a turn for the worse. I had a disease that I didn’t know about that affected the baby because of my bloodstream. I couldn’t face a potential miscarriage, still birth or birth defects and my doctors had no guidance for me and what I was dealing with regarding my health. At times I couldn’t walk, couldn’t eat, loss 9 pounds in one week, shortness of breath and felt like I was having a heart attack. Couldn’t take my meds or prenatals because the baby threw up everything. The worse I got the more my boyfriend managed to show up and take care of me. He advised me continuing the pregnancy would be a danger and I decided more so on my own after talking with my mother if it was the right decision to make for the baby. Putting the baby first. I was it’s mother. I prayed on it and as days went on my baby grew inside me but my symptoms from the pregnancy and the disease increased. I felt like death every day sometimes unable to stay out longer than 2 hours outside. I made the decision to get an abortion at 8weeks. Although I did it for health reasons I am still recovering. This is the worst pain I’ve ever felt and the most heartbroken and devastated I’ve ever been. I’d give anything to see my baby smile. My boyfriend is full of regret and wishes he wouldn’t have said hurtful things. A week before the abortion he changed his mind and got attached to the baby. Now he blames himself and cries like me everyday. I still wonder if o made the right decision. I just him so much (I dreamt he was a boy) I feel like no one understands how I feel and the support I need to great of what other could provide. Stay strong and stay encouraged. Regardless of the decision you make it’s a life long one so be very sure. God bless you and your family.
Can I ask what you ended up doing? Did you end up keeping your baby ?
Angela Waterford says
Despite the fact that I used contraception, I still got pregnant last week. I think I’ll visit an abortion clinic to avail of a medical abortion service because it’s difficult for me to survive if I have a child. Thank you for sharing your story, and I’m sure I can get a counseling session to finally put my mind at ease once I finally have it done.
Hi guys im 24 yrs old. Just found out im pregnant as of today 6/18/2019. I live with my boyfriend he’s 39yrs old. Been with him for 5 yrs & he’s still married to his first wife and they both share an 8yr old’ she won’t let him see her since she turned 4yrs old but cries about her expressing how much he misses his babygirl.
**** Truth is i’ve been crying my eyes out i am on birth control always on time with my pills. He says if i get an abortion we must split that He’ll respect my decision but we cannot continue together. I love this man but i dont want a baby now and i feel the worst human being in this world for thinking that way.
I’m so sorry your feeling this way. I regret my decision so much and cannot put it into words. I miss my baby constantly. I dont want you to go through this…it never does go away. God has a way of pulling us out of any situation and will guide us and provide strength. You can do more than you think you can.
I have searching for someone going through what I’m going through but I have yet to find it. You’re feelings and emotions emulate mine. But here’s the problem, my husband and I are happily married. And I was supposedly either unable to conceive or it would be extremely difficult. I’ve had 3 surgeries for endometriosis and fibroids. We were told if we wanted children we would have to make a concerned effort. We chose 3 yrs ago to decide to be Childfree. And wham, I unexpectedly end up pregnant, at 41. For the first time in my life. As the embryo grows I am constantly conflicted. We, unlike many stories, are able to provide and give the child a good life. We just don’t know what we actually want, since we decided to not have children. I have been looking for support from this side. But no one talks about it. I have an appointment at planned Parenthood in 6 days and a doctors appointment tomorrow. I’m absolutely terrified of both scenarios and have been crocodile tearing constantly. Thank you for your sorry.
What did you decide to do?
I am curious as wel. If your willing to share that is. My and my husband have been diagnosed with infertility. We’ve trien for 8 yeats now and decided that if I turned 30 which is Dec of this year and I am not pregnant, we will give up. So I can understand your conflicting emotions.
I was in a a similar position. We chose to end our family after two children. He had a vasectomy and yet I ended up pregnant again. Yes, he did everything he was supposed to and yes the tests afterwards declared him sterile. Yet we faced a third pregnancy two years after deciding that our family was complete. We had to double down on our declaration our family was complete. I’m mad as hell (still) that we took steps – responsible steps – steps that have to be repeated! – to NOT have to make this decision. We had to open up the conversation we thought was closed and re-examine our marriage and family. Our hearts held firm. Our family was complete. A few days later I had a surgical abortion. I was six weeks pregnant . It was hard but I don’t regret it. We don’t regret it. Anger boils in me now and again over it. I’m working on it though
What did you do? Xx
Alison Moore says
I just found out I am pregnant at 42. I’ll be 43 when the child would be born. I have three healthy children 21,17 and 13 from a previous marriage. My boyfriend has two children ages 18 and 13. I’ve often wished we met sooner so we could of had a child together. Ive imagined names and what he would look like. Now, faced with having one in our early 40’s is terrifying. If my partner would of came to me and said he wanted to keep this baby I would have and I would of felt more love for him because his courage. My heart would of gotten excited despite starting all over again. However he didn’t. He doesn’t want to start over and says that we are too old. I’m broken over this. Yet, I have an appointment with my Dr on Monday.
Hi. I am going through the same exact thing you are. I am 40 and my husband is not supportive and I feel so alone. How are you coping?
Hi Sarah, I’ve just had a baby (two weeks ago) at 40, I do feel age is but a number. Although your husband is not supportive now, he no doubt will grow to love your little child. God bless you.
Sarah Marie says
Congratulations! I agree about age being just a number but my husband is 50 and not interested in doing this again.
My husband has made this time incredibly difficult for me. He’s basically ignoring me emotionally but talking to me civil. I know he has to process this but I’m in agony and don’t want to make a choice based on what he wants. I’m so torn and feel so alone. The one person I need in my corner is not the there and I don’t know if I can do this all over again at my age.
It’s been two years since my abortion and I always think about that little heart beat. Thank you for sharing your story, I made a promise to myself my decision was not in vain and I’m almost done with my bachelors degree.
It’s been 44 years since my abortion and I think of her every day. I was never able to have a child, she was my first and only chance. You may wonder why I say “she”….. I know her from my dreams.
I always thought she would come back to me somehow but only in my sleeping dreams and waking thoughts.
I’m so sorry. She is with you in your dreams at least. Love to you and your baby girl.
I aborted my second child at 10 weeks 16 years ago and have regretted it since. My husband was in prison, I cheated on him, got pregnant, he gave me the choice between keep my baby or our marriage. I made the wrong choice. I wish I would have told him to have a nice life. Tears and snot are running down my face as I write this, I have 2 beautiful little girls after this and it hasnt got any better. I hope my 2nd child knows I love him or her. I hope to someday get to tell my child face to face that I love them and I’m sorry and they deserved better. ..
a grateful student says
thank you so much for this. it really makes my decision i made 10 months ago seem like the right one. i know my baby will be returned to me, someday.
I don’t think I’ll ever forgive myself, I dropped out of school and my life is a mess. Thank you for this I hope one day I’ll find a way to be okay
I really feel stupid and sad I’m pregnant and everyone doesn’t support my relation ship.i now want to abort and sadly get over my man
I’m 22 and I recently went through my 2nd abortion. All my life my dream was to have kids. It always feels unfair that the times I get pregnant, I had to terminate the pregnancy. I went through every logistic – financial, physical, mental to see if I could go through with it. It breaks my heart to know that the only two times I’ve been pregnant ended with me terminating. But I do not regret it. It would have killed me alive to have given birth to those children and given them a life they did not deserve. And I like to think that only because they aren’t physically here doesn’t mean I’m not a mom. I am a mom. I’ll always be one. And because I am one, I made the right decision. And I’ll honour them both every minute of every day. Does anyone else feel similar?
I don’t blame you for choosing to terminate your pregnancy.
Thank you so much for sharing this. It will be 8 years since my abortion in July and I still think about it every day. Like you, I could not have made a life for my baby at that time. It takes courage to share your story, especially with so much honesty. It is simply not a choice anyone wants to make.
I am in the middle of mine as I type this. Took the first pill today to block the hormones. Tomorrow I take the pills to expel the tissue. I’m already a mom and I love my daughter more then anything. I want two more children. But why was this pregnancy right now? I’m in the beginning of my nursing school. I’ve worked hard to get here and set myself into a schedule for still working, still being able to play with my daughter and somehow study. This would have delayed everything. I might have forgotten what I learned and failed my license exam in the future since I’d have to take a leave.
I didn’t want to do this. I feel like shit because I was raised that this was wrong. But it’s only 5 week’s so it’s nothing more then a pack of cells still, right? I’ve been sobbing and my drive home I kept apologizing outloud for what I had just done.
I hope that there wasn’t a little soul in there yet . I hope I only delayed meeting my next little one instead of completely losing out on one unique beautiful baby…
Thank you for sharing. I had an abortion 6 years ago at 41 years old and was the one and only time to have a child I always wanted. However I was with a married man who did not want this and it was an accident. I was rattled with anxiety and guilt and overwhelmed. I knew in my heart that I didn’t want to let it go. I haven’t gone one day without thinking of it and causing major heartache, especially as family members and friend have now kids. My heart tells me it wa a girl. Constant regret and pain 🙁
Thank you ??
I have to go through a second one and I don’t know what to do. I need advice from someone, anyone. No one understands what I’m feeling, I hate myself for this. I don’t want to go through an abortion again.
I’m sending love your way, dear one. 13 years later I still cry for my baby. I wish I had advice or something magical to say to make everything all better…I don’t. Would adoption be something you could manage? So many people would love to give that little one a home. All the best to you <3
I too am going through my second one and I feel absolutely horrible, so I completely understand what you are feeling. I found out I was pregnant today and through the tears, I scheduled the appointment. I am not in a relationship with the indivdual that I am pregnant with and nor do I want to be as it is a toxic relationship. I am experiencing so much guilt and pain going through this again, especially since I am 32 years old with no children and two months away from completing my masters. I know this choice that I am making will be the hardest but I know in the long run, I will be saving my child from being born into a dysfunction environment… I at least owe my child that.
I recently just had my second abortion in 9 months . This was with the same toxic individual that I got pregnant the first time with . He abandoned me and hung up on me when I told him a few weeks ago. And I haven’t heard from him since. He doesn’t know the end result, nor do I feel that he deserves to. I have so much pain and hurt in my heart. I don’t understand how someone who has children already, can be so selfish and cold hearted. If anyone has any advice, please send it my way. I’m very open about discussing this, but it’s been difficult. Even my close friends don’t know this time.
Tell your friends, I don’t have many friends but I’ve told my closest ones…. And while sometimes they are not always as sensitive to the subject as I’d like (not on purpose) it feels so relieving to tell someone….
I too had an abortion a couple of days ago 1/10/20. Just a few days before my 22nd birthday. When I first found out I initially was a bit upset but over a few days I grew very attached. However I was so sick I could barely make it to class and I was on the verge of going to the hospital for dehydration. My boyfriend and I decided it was best to have a surgical abortion( I personally recommend this over the pill as I did not want to experience actually passing the baby, bleeding and cramping for weeks possibly!)
The clinic I went to was great! Even though I knew none of the other ladies who were there for the same reason I felt like I was not going through it alone. I did have a moment of sadness and what if’s but ultimately I was so sick( 7 weeks 4 days) I could not wait to get it over with! Immediately after I felt relief that I was not constantly nauseous and I could eat again. However, I was quite blue that I was no longer pregnant and I actually experienced a bit of anger as the situation brought up unpleasant feelings from the past. My boyfriend was completely supportive of me and even now when I talk about the baby he knows that it makes me feel better. I don’t regret it but I do have feeling about what if. It’s nice to see other ladies have the same emotions and I know when the time is right my baby girl will come back to me (:
This might be a bit forward and seem strange of me but I have been through this twice before so if you would like someone to talk to or any support you are welcome to contact me anytime x
You are amazing.
I just had mine this afternoon. I feel so torn apart. So heartbroken. I wish I could have kept him/her. I already felt so attached. Thanks for this wonderful piece.
I felt empty after too, 10 years later and I still have regret. I miss my baby. ?
My name is also Ashley and im also at the 10 year mark. I miss my baby every minute of every day.
I feel for you.
Same with me 7 years. Heartache and emptiness daily. Wishing all loving thoughts to you.
I found out I was pregnant on September 23rd, 2 weeks before my 21st birthday. Everything about the timing felt wrong, but even then I still wanted my baby. My boyfriend was with me when I took the test. He is quite a bit older than me and has 2 kids of his own already. He made it clear that he did not want to have another child and truly no matter how bad I felt I wanted my baby, I did not want to do it by myself. He said he would be there no matter what, but I still didn’t want to force a family on him if that’s not what he wanted. I didn’t want him to be there for me or my baby out of obligation, I wanted him to be happy. Time went on and as I struggled with my decision he eventually came around. He started to be excited about the idea of starting a family with me and even though we were both stressed and both cried a lot.. we finally started having discussions about moving in together, getting better jobs finding a healthcare provider and all types of different things to prepare for our baby. He even started pulling out old toys and other items from when his own children were young. It was at this point that I started to get really nervous, terrified actually. Now that he had finally accepted it, it officially became reality. I thought about how I had just lost my job, just went back to school, was still struggling with grief from a lost loved one and trying to take care of my mom while still trying to learn how to take care of myself. Even with his support, the support of my mother, sister, and friends.. I still was no where near ready for how much my life would have to change. I was literally petrified and afraid that no matter what I tried to do, what if I couldn’t get it all in order before my baby got here? What if I still had no money, no stable place to live? What if I was never able to get back on track with school and start my career? All the what-ifs led me to deciding that the best decision for me would be to terminate. I was 6 weeks when I went for an ultrasound .. and all I saw was a small blob that I referred to as “my nugget”. I really did not want to get rid of my baby and I knew that in my heart, but somehow logic (or what I thought sounded logical) overpowered my emotions. I cried every day leading up to me making a decision, and I set the appointment for the very next day after I decided so that I would not have much time to change my mind. I knew that if I went in for an ultrasound and saw features on that monitor.. there was no way I could go through with it. Anything further than 6 weeks and I could not have possibly stood firm on my decision. I opted for the surgical procedure because I was told it would be the quickest. I cried so bad in the clinic and during the procedure that I still have nightmares and flashbacks often. I regret my decision every day. I miss my baby every day. This hurts me down to my soul. She comes to me in my dreams at least once a week. I’m praying that I get an opportunity to meet her one day .. look into her sweet little face and just hold her and never ever let her go.
Thank you and to all the the comments
Thank you for this. I am not waiting for my appointment in about 10 days for now. I have been scouring the internet for stories because keep either seeing people who wanted to do it and doesn’t regret it, or people who regret it all together. The emotions you displayed in this article made me cry because it is exactly how I feel. I don’t want to do this, but the dad is not ready and I am not able to care for a child alone at this point. I too, am at the beginning of my career and am receiving more opportunities to advance as well but I have a long way to go. I am sad because I already have a connection with the child in my belly and I cry everyday thinking about the fact that I won’t be able to hold him or her or see their face. Thanks again for this though, I wish you the best and it’s great to know I am not alone.
I love this story. It’s been 7 years since my abortion, and I miss her. Except I really don’t want kids so she’ll never get the chance to come back to me. Breaks my heart.
I am 29, and I had a medical abortion at 6 weeks on December 6th of this year. The month before was the most emotionally and physically exhausting of my life. Every night I went to bed, I cried. I felt a sense of love and attachment to the baby I knew I had to let go. It is a very heartbreak-ling sad feeling.
I couldn’t relate more to this paragraph you wrote:
‘I go to sleep the same way I have every night since I found out about you: heartbroken and tearful. I cry. I don’t want to lose you. I don’t want to let you go. I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and already, I feel like I know you — and yet I can’t have you.’
I am so sorry you had to go through this. No matter how much support one has, it can so easily feel like you are going through it alone. I have seen many of my patients go through something similar and it is never easy. I hope you are healing well and have found happiness in other ways, until one day you and your unborn baby see each other again.
I am so sorry you had to go through this. Even if you have others’ support around you, it can so easily feel like you’re going through it alone. Many of my patients have gone through the same thing, and it is never easy. I am unable to have children, so I will never know what it feels like, but I share your pain through the experiences of others. I hope you are healing well and have found happiness in other areas of life, until you and your unborn baby see each other again.
I read this the night before my appointment for my abortion. It was my first pregnancy, my husband is deployed, and I just happened to be going through this process physically alone (minus a couple friends there for support).
Since I found out I was pregnant my life has been a living hell… my husband immediately voiced we couldn’t handle this right now, and though I was emotional about it at first, I knew he was right.
However, reading this, even though it did make me cry, also made me realize I could look at this moment as something to grow from and not just bury it away as a bad memory. I do wish I would’ve had more support during this time, mainly because my husband shut down due to his circumstances, but it has gone to show me just how strong I am… and how much stronger I can be.
Thank you for sharing
I had my abortion at 5 weeks and 1 day i knew it was the right thing to do but i did want my baby … I was scared but overwhelmed i didnt want to go thru what i did i remember a time i was for abortion but until u have to go thru one u have no right to talk i too also got my sonogram which was supposed to be a joyful experience it still was because wow it was beautiful .i love and hope to see my baby one day ..
Thank you for sharing. I feel like its hard to find forums where women aren’t either all regret or all confidant/fine with their decision. I am so sad that I will never meet that child, but I also know that it would have been less than what we all deserved. I don’t want to undo my choice, but it’s still so hard to live with sometimes. I’m so scared though, because I’m no longer with my boyfriend… I won’t get to meet that baby anymore, if it happens it will be with someone else, most likely.
I found out I was pregnant exactly two years ago this weekend. I remember my boyfriend and I sitting in the car one evening and wondering aloud what it would look like- would it have my eyes, or his nose? A boy or a girl? I still wonder what if. Each holiday, any milestone or time marker, what my world would be if I had chosen differently. But I don’t regret it either. I believe that ultimately, our babies are still with us in a spirit. Just like our loved ones that preceded us. Your baby will always be with you, even if your boyfriend isn’t.
Thank you for sharing. The last paragraph brought tears to my eyes. I had an abortion at 5 weeks 6 days, pill as well. I did it because I loved that little soul so much that I knew he deserved better. Sending love your way.
Am i allowed to feel i did it for the baby? In my heart i know that baby would have deserved better, but is it ok to feel THat way?
I think when we choose to do something like that we are so confused. I was very confused. I didn’t want anyone in the world to have my baby, I didn’t want the guy that knocked me up to have my baby and I also felt a little pushed by his mother to have the abortion so instead of keeping him or her for myself I killed my baby. I feel like the world makes us feel weak, like we can’t handle both our dreams and a child that will love us and need us more than we could understand. Just my thoughts… ??
That is a beautiful thought and may have helped me make my decision …. the world makes us feel weak. Why can’t we have our dreams and a baby?
Beautifully put. Thank you.
This was so emotional ? but something I think people needed to read. I just found out I’m pregnant after splitting with my partner and having already gone through 2 miscarriages. I want my baby so much but my family are pushing for a termination as I should be having a child when the timing is right. All their comments are stressing me out and getting me really down. I just dont know what to do!!!
Jocelyn, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your story. This is my first time reading a story that actually resonates with the bittersweetness if my own experience. Thank you for your bravery!
Thank you so much for this. I recently experienced my first pregnancy, at 19 years of age and with four years of nursing school ahead of me. I chose to have an abortion for many reasons, including those I just mentioned. I am really struggling with the choice, even though I know it made most sense. Like you, I was always so excited to become a Mom and I felt a sincere connection as soon as I found out I was pregnant. So many of the feelings you described in your post match mine, and as I read, I finally felt something other than ‘alone.’ Thank you again.
Reading this story and the comments gave me some of the comfort I needed. I so badly want another baby, but I got pregnant by the wrong man at the wrong time. My pregnancy officially ended this evening and it hurts so bad, I feel so much sadness and loss, but I know my baby would not have had the life they deserved…as difficult as it is to process, I know deep down that this was the right descision, this baby deserved so much more than I could give.
Hi there ❤ reading this story made me cry so bad 🙁
I m 21 years old and just find out that I m pragnant for 2-3 weeks. I m a thai women but I moved to England to live with my husband , he is 34 years old and we’ve been together nearly 3 years. When I first find out I was shocked because it was unplanned and I know he doesn’t want a baby yet he said he is not ready and me either but deep down I dont want to do this at all and i wanna see that cute little face:(( We agreed to do abortion. Now I m just waiting for my appointment but I feel so shit , down and gonna cry all the time. I know that’s the right decision but I can’t stop crying or thinking about baby 🙁
I got an abortion 6 days ago. I was 5 weeks pregnant. I was not ready although I’m 24 years old. My boyfriend and I are not financially stable to raise a child right now. And I cry every single day. Every day I feel like a monster. I wanted an abortion but my boyfriend wanted us to keep the baby. This broke him completely when I got the abortion done. He reminds me every day and he is resentful towards me like I’m some kind of murderer. And now I’m starting to think I am one. I hate myself already and now my boyfriend hates me too and I feel trapped. I fear that if i leave him he will tell my friends and family. I don’t know what to do but I see no way out of this. Iv never felt worse in my whole life. I feel so alone, I have to carry this burden every day.