Sep 062010

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I was 28, the mother of 3 children already, and in the middle of a rather messy divorce, when I got pregnant again. I had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and was struggling to cope with the side effects of the medication when I started feeling sick in the mornings. With a great deal of dread, I took a pregnancy test, and cried when I saw the positive result.

There was no way I could handle another child. I would have to go off medication, there was no telling if the medication had already damaged the fetus or not, and the medication was the only thing keeping me stable at such a difficult time in my life.

I chose to have an abortion, and went to a local clinic to have it done. While the staff at the clinic was less than pleasant, I had wonderful friends who willing took care of me for a couple of days after… spoiling me with care and concern, and making sure I didn’t feel bad in those first extremely hormonal days afterward.

I’ve never regretted terminating that pregnancy. To have continued with it would not only have been detrimental to my health, but to the mental health of my children, and that future child as well. The medication I had started on has literally changed my life.

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