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Hello everyone in this awesome community,

I guess I'll start with an intro. My name is Kari and I'm 18 years old. I'm in my last year of high school and my boyfriend of 3 years, Brad, (19) is in his first year of university. A few days ago I realized that my period was four days late. I know with some girls it wouldn't be any cause for alarm, but after having my period for over six years, I know that it has never been late once. I tried looking at reasons I may be missing a cycle and tried to figure out if I was stressed, under/over-eating, etc. I let Brad know I was late and he said not to freak out or think about it too much until we knew what was happening for sure. Yesterday made a week that it was late, so I took a pregnancy test. Well, I took three. And it looks like there is definitely a miracle growing inside of me.

I haven't told Brad yet. Actually, as I write this, I'm talking to him right now. Discussing what we're going to do.. "if." He's strong on abortion but isn't going to push me into anything I don't want. I know he means the best. He says he would want the best life for it and we couldn't give it to a child right now. He's right in that respect.

I'm turning to all of you here because as of right now, no one knows. It's my secret. What am I going to do? How will my parents react? My friends? It's insecurity after insecurity right now and I just need some help. Words of wisdom. I love you all, you did wonders for my friend last year and I know I can count on you this time.

xo -Kari

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  1. renee

Hey Kari! How are you doing now? Of course you're feeling so many emotions and it's so totally normal to be terrified. You're brave to wait and to seek advice and figure out your next steps. Let me tell you that you are going to be fine and...

Hey Kari! How are you doing now? Of course you're feeling so many emotions and it's so totally normal to be terrified. You're brave to wait and to seek advice and figure out your next steps. Let me tell you that you are going to be fine and you will make it through I like that you said a "miracle is growing inside" of you. Hold on to the things you know, and there is definitely a hard road ahead, but stay strong. It's totally scary not knowing how people will react and a lot of times they react wrong at first because they're freaking out too! Often they all come around but it may take time.

It's hard to think long term now but the decisions you make will affect your well being much longer than you realize (either way, all your life), so take your time in considering everything. That precious little baby is yours, and though you might not be able to give the baby everything you'd like, he or she will be forever grateful for the life you can give them. The right decision now will bless your life forever.

There are a lot of resources available as well. Look in to pregnancy help centers, check out optionline.org, and know that there are many many men and women who believe in you and would love to help in any way. Praying for you and please write back!

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