Nearing our 10th year anniversary, we can’t help but look back on how our journey has been. We’ve met people from all walks of life, whose lives we’ve touched in the same way they have touched ours. If only we had the time to share each one as a blog post this site would be overflowing, however here’s a short story of a 19 year old girl.
Behind the shy smile and the silence is a girl screaming, hurting, and hoping for redemption.
Lyn (names changed to protect identity) came to the clinic a few months ago and was very quiet, reserved, and had a downcast countenance. Her behavior was peculiar for someone her age, so we decided to dig deeper and find out where she was coming from… Which we usually do.
We found out that at the age of 14, she had been raped and became pregnant. Because of this, she lived with depression and shame. She couldn’t allow herself to accept the pregnancy and the child. When she finally delivered a 3-pound baby, she immediately gave it up for adoption. Fast forward 5 years later, she met a guy who she loved and cared for. Her happiness was short-lived though because just when she was patching up the hurts, disappointments, and putting the past away, she got pregnant for the second time. When her boyfriend found out about her past, he left without a trace.
Again the shame, rejection, and feelings that her life was of no value returned to her. These emotions remained with her until she decided to come to Glory Reborn for a free prenatal check up. For the first time, she met a family of people eager to comfort, love, and listen to her. For the first time, she heard the heartbeat of her baby inside her. She saw life. From then on, we saw her transform from a a quiet, sad, and hurting girl to someone beautiful and hopeful. She now expresses that she knows that God really is directing her path and that someone loves her unconditionally.