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    Recently I have found myself at a point where change is unavoidable. I was in a long term relationship with who I though was the man I’d spend the rest of my life with. After finding out that I was pregnancy I found myself scared and looking for help. I allowed this man’s viewpoints override my own beliefs and agreed to terminate the pregnancy. I’ve always been for people’s right to choose, but never though of myself being in the situation where I would have to choose. I’ve committed my life as a vegan to not harm another being, which made this decision a hard one, but ultimately I was scared to be alone, especially pregnant. After the surgery I had an immense feeling of guilt and regret. The sole reason I agreed to the surgery was that he promised he wouldn’t leave me if I went through with the abortion, but he wasn’t sure if he could handle being a father. While mourning over my loss after the abortion he left anyway, he decided that there was too much stress with everything that happened, and that he needed to focus on his own happiness. This decision came out of the blue to me, just days ago he was reminding me how happy he was and how happy I made him. This left me completely lost. I managed to live with this about a day before finding my sadness too much to deal with and called a family member for help. I’ve been put on a low dose of paxil, and started seeing a counselor through my school until I am able to get an appointment with a therapist with prescribing powers (which she feels is the best fit). I’m still having a hard time figuring out how to start my life over single, and grieving over my lost pregnancy. I’ve found myself so accustom to sleeping next to someone who could console the nightmares, and flashbacks I’ve been experiencing as they happen, instead of waiting a week to talk to a stranger. I could use some opinions on how to move on with my life, and restructure it around myself instead of my relationship, and also how to deal with the unwanted termination of my pregnancy.


    Hi Amanda, I am so sorry. I often run across an advert for Rachel’s Vineyard, specifically for healing after an abortion:


    Hi Amanda,

    I just wanted to say that I am thinking of you and wanted to send you love and positivity. I am not the best at writing responses and hopefully one of the “veteran” members will respond.

    Hon, you need to forgive yourself. You did what you did at a very emotional, difficult time. What happened doesn’t make you any less human. Take something from your experience that you can learn and then let it go. Let your past, your ex boyfriend, your guilt all wash away from you. There are so many beautiful things in this world, and you are one of them.

    I agree that seeing a counselor would help. Is there someone close to you such as a minister, a relative, or good friend that you can talk to? Perhaps a therapy group? Does the clinic you went to have post counseling? Sometimes just telling someone what you went through and feel is therapeutic in itself, even if they don’t know how to “help” you.

    And please be good to you. Take a warm bath, read a sweet book, watch How to Train a Dragon or a fun pixel children’s film…anything that calms and relaxes you.

    Matt always recommends the Metta Meditation, which is also a good thing to settle your mind and become still with your thoughts.

    I am not sure if this helps, but I still wanted to reach out to you, Amanda. Know that you are loved from others in this Universe. Big hugs to you.


    Hi Amanda,

    I want to remind you that you are beautiful. In life, we all have ups and downs. These are generally called “experiences” and they all vary in the harm they do us. Ultimately, they all cause some wave of pain. I want you to understand at this very moment, you are in the lesson stage. You are acknowledging this pain, and how it could have come. Questions you’re asking, yet to find. It is all a process of reality, and coming to senses with your self. Know that, currently, you are about to be enlightened and find courage beyond your reach, because your soul has been opened to the loving nature of all things through this lesson. Just remember, Once you hit rock bottom, that is when you will finally find the potential and confidence you have been searching for. Emotions will fly left and right, negative in the manner. Allow them, observe them, don’t become them. See what is causing this, and use the resources our wonderful universe has provided for the healing, as it will gradually heal you to see if you are listening. You are in the right position, this is suppose to happen for you, you’re earning your warrior stripes from our ever infinite universe. STAY GOLD


    I’m really sorry for what that guy did to you, that is really bad. I can’t say as a guy I am innocent, because I am in a situation myself. This isn’t about me though. It is hard anytime someone causes us to act in a way that is hypocritical to what have devoted our selves to, a life philosophy. Some people never really develop philosophies of life, so they don’t understand, but just realize now looking at it in hindsight that it was irreconcilable. If you would have kept the baby, you would have been alone going through a long pregnancy. The child may not have known their father. A man who has you do such a thing then leaves anyway had his mind set all along, he just didn’t want anything tying him to you once he was gone. Therefore you have misplaced guilt. We never know how situations will end, so second guessing what you did won’t help you. Starting your life over is possible, but only if you allow yourself to start over and let go of what you did. In order to let go of the fact that you did something that went against your philosophy on life maybe you should look at your philosophy and determine whether you should stop living by it until further notice. It may sound crazy, but stop being a vegan for a little bit you are doing it for a reason that does not go with your actions, thus making it even harder for you to cope with it. You feel double guilt. Let go, stop making yourself be a saint, no one is. If you like meat then eat it and if at another point in your life you decide to be vegan for reasons that don’t make you feel hypocritical then you can and you won’t have to feel that way. A lot of people have to do this, because they see that they are being untrue so they say they are doing it for health reasons.

    A man will never understand the bond that develops between a woman and the baby, a woman may not know, but almost as soon as being conceived the woman’s body has changed and has created a bond with the being that is developing with in her. Women who have miscarriages may often feel guilt as well because they feel that they did something that caused the miscarriage.

    There are a lot of what if’s in life, you can never get caught up on them. When you get caught up on them is when you never start fresh, that’s a lot of baggage to carry and it weighs you down! Not all men act so immaturely and when you meet a man who wants to have a family with you, you must have come to terms with your own baggage, because surely they will have theirs! Making mistakes, having regrets is part of growing, as long as you learn from them you are doing it right! If you don’t want to ever cause pain or hurt anything, you might as well live in seclusion somewhere giving up all ties to everyone because part of living is that you will die and when you die all those who cared about you or depended on you will be hurt, but you can not think in that way because you again get bound down. Instead think of what you can do for those here and now. So my advice is that you honor the child that you aborted because in a way it wasn’t only up to you and it doesn’t sound like he gave you many options. If can include prayer or honoring that child by devoting yourself to helping others. Serve others and you will find that you don’t have time to worry about your own past mistakes, there are people who have it a lot worse. And it won’t create that contradiction of philosophy that is creating internal guilt about not causing harm to sentient beings.


    Oh my goodness… I’m so sorry for your loss 🙁

    I think paxil is very dangerous to people under 25? Be careful! Especially if you have thoughts of suicide stop the paxil immediately! That is very scary stuff.


    Ok, I will try not to sound like your mom. LOL I have had an abortion, well actually two of them. I still to this day think about those children and wonder what my life would be if I had carried through with it. Try not to beat yourself up over your decision. It is done. There is no do over on this one. You deal with the grief and it gets better over time. You need to build your confidence and self worth. I still struggle with this daily. You need to learn to accept being alone before you can deal with a relationship. You have to learn to make yourself happy before you can begin a relationship with someone else. This is the HARDEST think we women will EVER have to do. We are taught by birth that we are meant to be with a man, that there is something wrong with us if we don’t have a relationship, that we are supposed to get married at a specific time, have babies by a specific time, yada yada, I call B.S.!! Live your life, you are young, look at all the good things in your life, family, friends, good job, I can draw/photography/sculpt, I volunteer, etc. what ever is the good in your life, write it down. Believe me, I have no job, no home (I live with friends and family wherever I can),no money, no college education, etc. I could lay down and wallow in self pitty (and I have) but I won’t and neither should you. Be proud, your a beautiful human being who believes in love and wants love, there is nothing wrong with that. You make mistakes in life. Don’t be ashamed of them, just learn from them and move on. Give yourself a hug for surviving this hurtful world and give yourself time to heal. Hugs from another human still on her own journey.

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