A missed period. A home pregnancy test. Two faint lines. When I found out I was pregnant four months ago, I launched into panic mode.
I wasn’t scared for the normal reasons a pregnant 21-year-old would be scared. Yes, I’m young, but I’m in a loving relationship, I’m financially stable, and I have a supportive family. I was scared because, for me, being pregnant could be a matter of life or death.
Three years ago, my boyfriend, Darren, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. While radiation treatment saved his life, he was told it might cause serious problems in his reproductive future. He was warned that his future children might be born with deformities and the mother of his children might be harmed by the pregnancy.
It was heartbreaking to be so paralyzed by fear over something my boyfriend and I would otherwise be excited for. Everyone around me was saying abortion was my only option, so I scheduled an appointment.
We explained our situation to the nurse in the bus. She listened to our fears and concerns with deep sympathy.
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