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‘If I drink beer, maybe they’ll like me.’ ‘Maybe if I smoke this.’ Their words cut deep. I was desperate for acceptance. When it wasn’t enough, I stopped going to class and flunked with all F’s.’

“I thought the bullying would stop when my mom died of cancer, but it returned full force. I remember being yanked off my feet by my ponytail, blood running down my leg. I still wasn’t good enough, so I dropped out. When I returned to school at 31, a mother of 3 kids, I thought the same failure awaited me again. I was absolutely terrified.”

‘I immediately kicked my boyfriend out of my parent’s house. He’d been cheating during my pregnancy. I questioned bringing a baby into a broken home.’: Single teen mom urges ‘you will achieve your goals’

“Those two little pink lines showed up. Just to be sure, we walked to the store to buy 6 more tests. Even though every single one of them were positive, it still didn’t seem real. My high school classmates were well on their way to grad school and post college careers. I questioned bringing a baby into an already broken home.”

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