*Rebecca is willingly giving us permission to share her story so that others can realize there is hope in the midst of a difficult situation. All client experiences with Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers are kept with the highest confidence. The stories that are shared come from the real-life experiences that our clients, staff and volunteers had during their unplanned pregnancy.
*Her name has been changed but her story is true.
Surprises are one of those things that some people love and others don’t. Well… I happen to be one who loves them. However, when I found out I was pregnant at 39 years old, I wasn’t so excited about this “surprise” in my life. Hi, my name is Rebecca, and this is my story.
As the mother of two teen children and the wife of a man with health issues, I certainly wasn’t expecting to get pregnant again at my “old age.” I simply couldn’t believe the pregnancy test was showing a positive result! The circumstances in my life were less than ideal for my husband and me to bring another child into this world. We had financial stress, no health insurance, we already had two teenage children, I was a working mother, and my husband couldn’t work. I was over 35 and therefore considered a high risk pregnancy.
I felt like an irresponsible woman and worried, at my age, what my mother would say. I worried too about what my close friends would say who knew so well my difficult struggles in life. I was embarrassed even to tell our children. What would they think of me?
And then I remembered a place called Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers. I knew women there who struggled with what to do about their unplanned pregnancy. I remembered how I had heard stories of those who experienced abortion and how they struggled with so much pain afterwards, sometimes even 20 years later. I remembered the words I had often shared with them, as I sat across from their chair and heard them cry. You see, I work at Advice & Aid, and I, too, experienced an unplanned pregnancy.
An unplanned pregnancy does not discriminate. It can affect anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are married or single, young or old, this race or that, religious or not. It is unplanned and that can cause a lot of fear and cause us to think this situation is hopeless.
But I am here to tell you that the little surprise we have
is one of the best unplanned “things” in our family’s life!
Do you see yourself in this story? Could you use a support – a family – like the one at Advice & Aid?
No matter your exact situation, there are likely parts of this story that you can relate to. Unplanned? Bad timing? Financial struggles? The list of reasons that a pregnancy isn’t right can go on and on.
But we understand all of that, and can offer some real hope and solutions to these issues. Just stop . . . take a moment to breathe . . . and get the information you need to make the decision that is best for you, both the current-you and the future-you! With the right help on your side, you might just find life’s surprises can be sweet!