I was 20 years old and a junior in college. At the time I had a very supportive partner but we both agreed it wasn’t the right time to bring a child into the world. We knew we didn’t have the resources necessary. I didn’t want my child to grow up the way I did, in foster care. I want my future children to know and have a relationship with both of their parents. With all this in mind, I made the hardest decision of my life, to go forward with having an abortion. I was scared and disappointed in myself for not taking the precautions necessary to avoid this unplanned pregnancy.

I had always imagined having kids but only after I graduated from college and established my career. It’s been a year and I still deal with the heartbreak and pain of making that decision. Ultimately I believe I made the right decision and since then everything I do I do with purpose.