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Standing Tall and at Peace

At 22-years-old, I was pressured into having an abortion. I was a strong, good, Catholic young woman. I was not the kind of girl that found herself in this sort of situation. I lost hope, and I lost faith. I felt alone in the world. After months of struggling with the heartbreak of my loss, I looked for help. The first place I found was the last place I thought it would be – the Catholic Church. From my initial contact, I was respected, comforted and uplifted by the team at Project Rachel. I quickly met a wonderful, strong woman who had been through similar experiences. To this day, she is still an active influence in my life. After the creation of Fountain of Mercy, a support group for post-abortive women, I began to forgive myself and find my faith again.

I have learned that once done, abortion is something that can never be undone. However, with my faith, the support of Project Rachel, meeting other women with similar experiences, and finding the power to forgive – my life can be happy. I will always remember the life that was taken from me. I will always miss what I will never have with my child, but I have faith that through my life I can stand tall and at peace.

The healing I have done with the help of Project Rachel has been invaluable. I thank God everyday that I found the support I have and so quickly after my own experience. Too many women wait to find love, support and healing. Too many women wait – afraid, ashamed and heartbroken. Through my own experience I will tell you, waiting isn’t worth it. There are people that will love, protect and help you heal.

Project Rachel is a healing ministry to help women and men struggling with feelings of sorrow, regret, grief, isolation or confusion after an abortion – whether the abortion was recent or many years ago. Local confidential help is available to anyone and trained volunteers are ready to help you find peace and healing.

To contact Project Rachel, please call the local confidential Help Line at 1-888-456-HOPE or projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

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