I first got
pregnant by a guy I hardly knew when I was 13. We had been hanging
out together for a few days, and we thought it might be fun. It
wasn't, but I didn't tell anyone I was pregnant until it was too
late. When the baby came, we lived with my mom until she got kinda
crazy, and we moved in with my crackhead brother and I quit school.
By 16 I was pregnant again, and my life seemed pretty much the pits.
It was then
that I met Ms. Booty, a social worker at the Baylor Teen Clinic
who helped me through my pregnancy and told me about family planning.
She also encouraged me to fix my hair and get a new outfit or two.
We also talked about the importance of getting an education, and
she told me again and again that I could do it. One day I decided
she was right.
I finished my GED, and I'm getting good grades in a program to become
a certified medical assistant. I live with my two daughters in housing
for unwed mothers, but I hope we can soon get our own subsidized
apartment. I know none of this would have been possible without
Ms. Booty and the Teen Clinic, and I also know it's time for me
to grow up. After all, I'm almost 19, and soon I'll be an adult.
This true story is based on events in the life
of a young client
of the Baylor Teen Clinic which is funded in part by grants from
St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities
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