chronic pain

‘When I was 19 I woke up screaming in pain, as if I was in labor. A million knives were stabbing my stomach. I tried to get to the bathroom, but I couldn’t stand. It became a regular occurrence.’

“I was told it was ‘just the pill’ or ‘just a bad period’ and it was ‘nothing to worry about.’ One doctor told me it was ‘just arthritis’ in my back from being a dancer. I’d never have another boyfriend because one guy had already gotten angry at me for bleeding on his bed sheets.”

‘I was struggling so bad my doctor wanted to admit me to a mental health facility. We found out I was pregnant. I was absolutely terrified. I was in no place to have a baby.’: Despite initial fears, young couple marries, has baby when husband returns from service

“We drove 3 hours away to an abortion clinic. When we arrived, there were protesters yelling things at me. AJ held my hand and walked me into the clinic. We were there for 3 hours filling out paperwork and going through all of the protocols of the clinic. Then it came time to pay. I just froze. I couldn’t hand the woman my debit card to pay for this service.”

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