After sitting down on the bleachers awaiting the start of the football game, Kathy could sense by her friend’s quietness that something was bothering her.
“Janie, you are usually so enthusiastic when we go to these football games but, tonight, you have been so quiet. Is something troubling you?” Kathy questioned.
Janie took a deep breath and then tried to give a smile, reassuring her friend that everything was fine. But, as she started to smile, she burst into tears and ran down the bleachers and towards the bathroom. Kathy got up and quickly followed her into the bathroom. There, she found Janie standing in front of the sink crying, but, trying her best not to look as distraught as she felt.
“What’s wrong?” Kathy inquired.
“Do you promise not to tell anyone what I’m about to tell you?” Janie said.
“Of course!” Kathy responded.
“Well, remember about five months ago when I was dating Chuck and everything was going great?”
“Yes,” Kathy said.
Janie continued, “Well, about three months ago, I found out I was pregnant and told Chuck about it. Like I figured, he said this was not the right time for us to have a kid so we both agreed to take care of the issue. I immediately made an appointment for the abortion clinic and, within a few days, had the pregnancy terminated. I thought everything would go back to the way it used to but then I began to become consumed with thoughts about the choice we made. On one hand, I knew we made the right decision but, on the other hand, a part of me second-guessed it. When I brought it up to Chuck, he felt very uncomfortable and we just ended up arguing about it or the conversation just ruined our evening. So, I have been keeping these thoughts to myself but, over these past few weeks, I have been feeling more and more depressed over the situation. I don’t know what to do about it and I wish this never happened!”
Kathy put her hand on Janie’s shoulder trying to comfort her. She said, “I wish you would’ve told me what was going on. I could’ve tried to help.”
“I was embarrassed to tell you so I didn’t say anything at all. I wish I had, though.” Janie said.
“I have a friend who went through a similar experience and she was able to get connected to a healing program. I bet that can help you, too. Tomorrow, I’ll give you the information and, if you want me to, I’ll go with you to your appointment so you don’t have to feel alone.”
“Thank you. I don’t know what I’d do without you!” Janie exclaimed.
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