I was 20, married and had a good life, aside from the fact I kept getting sick. No one knew why I was sick, I spent months in the hospital in my small town. My organs where randomly failing, I was getting massive infections, at one point my entire body went septic and I had a stroke. At that point my small town hospital transfered me to a big city hospital. They had asked when I was first admitted to my home town hospital if there was any chance I was pregnant, I said no as I was on the depo shot. I was one of those lucky girls who didn’t get periods on the shoot, so I didn’t think any thing of a missed period (I kept up on my birth control and at that point hadn’t had a period in almost 6months), so I said no chance, they didn’t test me. Upon admission to the city Hospital they give me a pregnancy test, I guess it was just their policy. So here I am, my entire body is infected, I have cysts up and down my spine, my kiddneys are shutting down and ive just had a stroke… At 20 years old. The doctors come in and tell me two things. 1-They have figured out what’s going on, I have lupus(SLE), also I’m pregnant. I was in shock. The doctors where kind and understanding, it was with their advice that we decided to abort. It was to much of a risk in my medical condition. I thought I would feel bad, but I don’t. I know it was the right thing to do. A year later after recovering from my stroke and getting proper care for my lupus my doctor and I decided my body could not handle pregnancy, so I had a hysterectomy. I don’t regret my decision to abort, I don’t look back and wonder, I don’t feel like I’ve done anything “wrong”. I made an informed decision during a very challenging time in my life. It doesn’t bother me either that I can’t have children. If I ever decided to “have” a child I would adopt, but for now I’m just trying to take care of me.
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