Regaining Hope after an Abortion

Sunrise snow forest“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.” –Anne Lamott

Many women believe that post-abortion stress is theirs alone to suffer. They may even think that they deserve to feel that way. For so many women, the guilt, shame, depression, and anger eat away at any sense of true or lasting happiness. It’s easy to see why women convince themselves that there is so little hope following a negative abortion experience. We convince ourselves that this is just what life is going to be now for us.  

You do not have to accept that how you feel right now is how you will feel forever. The first evidence of hope can be found when you start looking outside yourself. When we reach outside ourselves, we are saying, “I believe there is something more, something better out there. I want to find it.” It is a small, timid voice that is very doubtful but willing to try. This is hope. Hope propels us to reach for the phone to call a friend and let them know you’re not okay. Hope inspires us to get out of bed each day and face life’s obstacles. Hope reminds us that healing after an abortion is possible, and there are better days ahead.

So, as you sit there and consider where you are today and where you would like to be tomorrow. Consider hope. Consider that there can be something better for you. Restore is simply the catalyst for a new perspective on life and their abortion experience. After her experience with Restore, one woman said, “This program and these women have been incredible. I don’t feel nearly as hopeless as I did when we started. A weight has been lifted and I feel FREE!”

What are you hoping for today?

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