Paulina's Story

In the middle of my junior year I found out I was pregnant. My boyfriend and I wanted to keep it but I was so scared to tell my parents. I was scared about what everyone was going to say and think. That's why I decided to get an abortion (I was 11 weeks pregnant). That abortion was the worse thing I've ever done. It tore me apart in so many different ways. I went through this bad depression and things fell apart with my boyfriend. I just prayed and prayed so God could forgive me. Little by little I recovered and I've been doing a lot better.

Its been a whole year now and just 3 weeks ago I found out I'm pregnant again (with the same guy). I was happy and scared. I saw it as God gave me an opportunity again to be a mom. God gave me a second chance and I'm so happy. Now I'm 18 years old and I'm graduating from highschool. I told my parents and they have been very supportive. I'm not with the guy because he needs to grow up.... but who knows what the future holds for me. All I know is that I have a new reason to live for and I can't wait to meet the baby that grows in me.

9 May 2003

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i was cold
i was burnin up
a child
& endlessly weavin garments for the moon
wit my tears

i found god in myself
& i loved her
i loved her fiercely.

- Ntozake Shange