One Year Later. Life Goes on.

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Submitted by: Violet

It’s been exactly a year since I walked into planned parenthood with tears in my eyes and made the toughest decision of my life. It feels like just yesterday I was on my way to my appointment just asking for a sign, wondering if this was the right choice. I can remember every detail from that day. So clear I feel like I could almost smell the air.

It was hard, so hard. It still is some days. Especially with what’s going on in the world right now but I think I’m finally okay with my decision. At first I wasn’t and I cried, a lot. Then I felt numb. Now most of those feelings are gone and I am able to understand the decision I made and realize it was for the best.

I still think about it. I still cry. I still question everything. But for the most part it has gotten much better. I am writing this today in hopes to help people who may of felt like me. It’s been a year and LIFE GOES ON. It’s not always easy but everything begins to make sense. We are strong. It will all be ok.

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2 responses to “One Year Later. Life Goes on.”

  1. LJ

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m a little over a year now. I still think about it a lot and have times where I don’t know if I made the right decision.. but my heart isn’t as heavy anymore.
    You said ‘we are strong’.. we really are. During the harder times and moments of doubt, its really important to remember that.

  2. Katie

    Appreciate your perspective on this. I’m a little under 3 months out from mine and I was starting to do better with it and now with the pandemic I’m having so many what-ifs and regret, even though I know that I made the best decision I could with the information I had at the time. Glad you are finding more moments of peace.

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