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‘At 15, I became pregnant with my daughter. I had to raise a child while still growing up myself. I received hate and rumors spread.’ Teen mom beats the odds to graduate college and ‘reach success’

“Everyone recognized me by pregnant belly, rather than by my face. I dealt with dirty looks and whispers in the hallways. In college, I got pregnant with my son. It wasn’t easy. I have been in abusive relationships, been days away from planning a wedding, only to find out I was ‘only an option.’ I wanted to give up, on everything. But I was strong for my children.”

‘I knew right away, her father had hurt her really bad. I found him standing in the doorway, holding a lifeless baby.’: Granddaughter suffers from shaken baby syndrome at the hands of her father, grandma works to pass Child Abuse Registry bill

“He said she bumped her chin while playing. Miley spent 18 days in the hospital for a totally unnecessary act of violence. Her biological father received a prison sentence of 1 to 15 years for child abuse. But Miley received a life sentence. He admitted he had shaken her violently, then put her in the bathtub. We don’t know how long he waited before he called me.”

‘We said ‘I love you’ at 13. He didn’t care I wore a wig. He found me broken and slowly put the pieces back together.’ Woman with Hodgkin’s lymphoma falls back in love with childhood crush, conceives after infertility predictions

“I remember chunks of hair falling onto my pillow. My body transformed. It took a while to look in the mirror and see my naked face with no eyebrows, yellow eyes. Sometimes I wondered if I’d ever feel better. Then afterwards, it all hits you like a train and you sit there and literally think to yourself, ‘What the heck did I just go through and how in the world did we do it?’ Life after cancer is not easy. One side effect of chemo? Infertility.”

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