19 and pregnant. This was not the plan. I was raised in a religious family with high moral expectations. My boyfriend was 800 miles away in the military and I was in college. I was terrified and alone.
The first thing I did was tell my mother. Considering what to do next, it was clear that there were only 3 options: parenting, adoption or abortion and all the options were difficult ones. Because I had the support of my family, boyfriend and friends, I had hope.
My daughter Melissa just turned 30 a few days ago. She is married and now pregnant. I still get a lump in my throat when I think about all that I would have missed out on had I made a different decision.
I decided to volunteer as a client advocate because I understand the thoughts and fears a woman may experience with an unplanned pregnancy. I enjoy helping them to slow down, gather information and make an informed decision they can live with.
The Center really supports its clients with free services, education, community resources, understanding and non-judgmental counsel. Volunteering here is so rewarding and fulfilling.