Heather's Story

A True Testimonial from a Friend of Hand 'n Hand

My little miracle...who wasn't planned...turned out to be one of the best things that could've happened to me. I was dating this guy and he was a rock throughout all of this. One day I went to the gym to relieve some stress and hooked up with a guy friend and sadly, I cheated on my perfect boyfriend. I went home feeling guilty...absolutely terrible for what I had done. A couple of weeks passed by and I decided to take a pregnancy test to reassure my mind that I was not pregnant. Maybe I could confess to my boyfriend and hopefully move past my mistake. Nine positive pregnancy tests later...I was freaking out!! I didn't know what to do or what to think. My first reaction was to go online and google pregnancy scare. Then I Googled pregnancy centers near me and Hand 'n Hand Pregnancy Help Center came up so I texted the number. Freaking out, all I could think about was that I couldn't have a kid. I'm 16, my life has barely started, and a kid would just ruin it all. Abortion was the only thing on my mind. I was advised to come to the center to confirm my home tests and to take a breath and relax... because I may not even be pregnant. I went to my appointment and it was positive. I bawled my eyes out thinking my life was over. Abortion was the only thing on my mind and it was all I wanted to see...to see this problem erased and to just suddenly be gone. I set up an ultrasound for the next week to make sure it was viable. I saw my little 'peanut' on the screen and my heart sank. To see this tiny thing and then see his heartbeat, it made me realize it isn't just about me. This thing growing inside me was real. It was a human, my son.

Throughout this whole pregnancy, I realized that sometimes these things that seem tragic really aren't. They are just little blessings in disguise.  My son is one of the best things that has happened to me. No, my situation is not ideal by an means, but sometimes you are faced with the hardest battles because someone else can't.  I grew up not wanting kids to begin with. I didn't want to have to flip my life for something when in reality you don't flip your life...you bring them into yours and make them a part of it. Bringing life into the world is such a beautiful thing and shouldn't be taken for granted. I love my son and wouldn't take any of this back.  All of this I couldn't have done without the help of the amazing people at Hand 'n Hand. Without them, I would be walking around every day regretting throwing my child away. He deserved this life. Just because I made a mistake doesn't mean he should suffer. He is the biggest blessing in my life. Yes...being a mother is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. But even through all of this, I don't regret my 'peanut' that once was unplanned.

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