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  • 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

     
     
  • 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

     
     
  • My Story

    I was 21 years old and going into my junior in college when I had my abortion.

    I worked out all summer because I made the cheerleading team before school got out, so I was very excited to get back. About two weeks before my return I found out I was pregnant. The father was this guy I met on Plenty of Fish - a dating website - and at first he seemed really cool. I thought I really liked him. Over the summer we began a casual relationship and it was all fun and lighthearted until I found out I was pregnant.

    My body just felt different, I knew before I took the test that I was... Read more

     
     
  • Healing in High School

    I'm 18 years old and I had my dilation and evacuation (D&E) about a month ago.

    It started when I met a guy at work. He was into me... too into me. I had gotten out of a 3 year relationship and was just so blinded by the fact that someone else wanted me that I was willing to do anything. We started a completely casual, sex fuled relationship. My family didn't know he existed, and I ignored all the negatives about him.

    The third time we officially had sex, the condom broke. He freaked out, asked to be transferred to another work location, blocked me on... Read more

     
     
  • Wishing for an Abortion

    I am a male. Twenty-seven years ago, I accidentally got my then-girlfriend pregnant. I strongly lobbied for her to get an abortion; she want to keep it. I threatened to leave her if she didn't. She stood her ground. I stayed, albeit angry and fearful of becoming a father.

    Nine months later, she called from the hospital: I'm in labor, something's wrong, please come quickly. On the drive there, I found myself wishing repeatedly for the baby to die. I got my "wish". The baby died within minutes of birth. The mother remained grief-stricken for months; almost... Read more

     
     
  • 9 week surgical abortion-positive experience

    I wanted to share my experience with everyone of my abortion at 9 1/2 weeks, mostly because it was as positive an experience as something like this could be.

    I had decided to do a medical (pill) abortion at first, but then changed my mind. I am very glad I did. At first it seems like swallowing a pill, and then just sitting on the toilet at home would be the least stressful way to do it. But my experience with surgical abortion made me very glad that I didn't choose a way that would have taken hours, if not a full day, and would have put me in pain for much longer.

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  • I chose life... for me

    I have a teenage stepson, a 9yr old son with level 1 Autism and sensory processing disorder, and a 1yr old that seems to be BamBam, Dennis the Menace, and The Hulk all wrapped up into one.

    I had bad pregnancies with both of my boys. I had hyperemesis gravidarum with both, and pre-eclampsia with the youngest. I initially went into labor at 24wks, but I refused to go to the hospital.

    I'm the breadwinner. My family couldn't afford for me to be on bed rest, and I had been ordered to bed rest with the first one. So I continually glossed over my own symptoms throughout... Read more

     
     

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