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  • The Hardest Day of My Life.

    It's only been 4 days since I had the surgical procedure done. I can still feel everything as if it were still happening. Those hours in the waiting room tapping my feet and trying to convince myself that I wasn't a monster.

    I am 16 years old and I was there alone. Every time a nurse came out my heart would drop to my feet. "Your baby knows you love it." That's what I kept repeating to myself.

    I love children, so why is it that when I was going to have my own I broke down? I felt completely alone. My family said that they would support me, but they... Read more

     
     
  • Due Date Blues

    Tomorrow July 22nd, 2017 will mark my "due date". It seems like my body knows. I'm bloated, my breasts are tender and the bones on my back ache. I had an abortion on December 4th, 2016. I didn't know who the father was. I am not proud of my actions. I think about it everyday. I put my hand on my chest to feel my heartbeat pretending like its the babies.

    I would have been the best mother. I raised my 2 yr old sister like my own knowing I killed mine. I do not regret my decision as I should because I couldn't keep it, I was partying, drinking and being... Read more

     
     
  • From happy to sad, so fast.

    I am a 22 year old woman who just fell back into a relationship with my high school sweet heart who I am now engaged to. Unfortunately, I fell back into my beautiful relationship just weeks after leaving a verbally abusive relationship with a man who tried to control who I see and where I go.

    I started to feel very nauseous, tired and weak after a few weeks of being with my fiancé and realized I hadn't gotten my period thanks to an App (FLO) that reminds me to log my periods. Frightened, I took a pregnancy test and immediately it showed I was positive. No delay whatsoever.... Read more

     
     
  • Sad but strong

    We all had reasons for having an abortion, and they were all real and valid reasons. I had an abortion at 12 weeks pregnant a few days ago. I fear now that my relationship is about to end because of it.

    I have a 5 year old son with special needs whom I love more than anything in this world. I have always been a single mom to him, and I've been doing a great job. I met a wonderful man a bit less than a year ago and we fell in love. He also has a son whom he doesn't see much because of his high demands in his career. For months we have been working on blending our little families and... Read more

     
     
  • Coming To Terms With Abortion

    Today is the first day I've been at peace with an abortion I had 10 years ago. I decided I didn't want to be a 'victim' anymore and maybe there are others who can relate.

    I blamed my boyfriend and my parents for my abortion choice. My boyfriend and I had split and I thought getting pregnant would keep him. I was in my early 20s and immature. I texted him that I was pregnant and he texted back suggesting an abortion. His answer was relatively mature. We didn't have money and he worked in a kitchen. My mother encouraged me to have an abortion. I ended up too... Read more

     
     
  • Not the right time

    I'm 23, finishing up my degree in college. This spring was my last full semester of school, so I was excited and nervous to graduate (will be done in August). I go to a pretty demanding University and worked my ass off to get there, so when I found out I was pregnant this March during my last spring semester, I was caught off guard and overwhelmed. I wasn't ready to have a baby, I was ready to start my career.

    I thought if this ever happened to me while I was young the choice would be easy, but it wasn't. I have been with my boyfriend for four years and we have talked about having... Read more

     
     
  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum Abortion

    When I found out I was pregnant, it was the best night with the love of my life. We were incredibly happy and he was the happiest man alive. We're 24 and having a baby, YAY!

    However, the reason we found out I was pregnant is that I was so incredibly sick! Stomach pain, no energy, no appetite, no desire, irritable, a whole lot of throwing up, and many trips to urgent care... hyperemesis gravidarum was the diagnosis.

    The doctors I followed up with at Kaiser did not believe medication was safe, so they prescribed IV fluids, B6, and sleep. That was not true. Everything, ... Read more

     
     
  • Surreal Experience

    Eleven years ago I fell pregnant unexpectedly while I was a virgin and a student at university. I had been seeing someone for a few weeks, this was my first boyfriend, and we used to kiss and fool around naked, but never full penetration. However I ended up getting pregnant despite this. I was in complete shock. This happened while my best friend was pregnant and close to giving birth. I never told her about the pregnancy or the abortion.

    I had an abortion at 7 weeks of pregnancy and on that day, my best friend went into labour. It was and still feels extremely surreal.

    For a... Read more

     
     
  • Ms.

    I was 18 years old. It was two days after senior prom and two days before graduation. I was at lunch with my mom, because I wasn't living with her at the time. She made a comment about how I should be on birth control.

    After we talked, I started thinking... When did I have my last period? Have I gained weight? Why does the smell of this food in front of me make me want to throw up?

    I've had pregnancy scares, but I didn't think much of it this time. I went to a Meijer shortly after and decided to take a test, just to ease my conscience. I took the test in the... Read more

     
     
  • One day at a time

    As I sit here outside on my patio looking at the computer, "just start typing" I keep telling myself. Today is a perfect day to start, it has rained non stop all week, yet today it is sunny, blue sky, a breeze -- what a gorgeous day. My daughter is playing next to me, not a care in the world, happy and content. Here I am suffering, struggling every day.

    Six months ago I sat in my bathroom staring at a positive pregnancy test, shocked and unable to move. My daughter Lydia was calling my name insisting I come see this toy on T.V. that she really wanted for Christmas, yet I am unable... Read more

     
     

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