“I Was Once You” Series: Andrea’s Story

This week, Andrea tells her powerful testimony of how she conquered shame, regret, and depression following an abortion. In her story, she shares how being in a Restore group helped her experience “total freedom.”

“I had never been in a darker place than when I finally reached out to get help at Restore. The shame, regret and depression ran deep. I found myself crying often and struggling just to get through the day. I was terrified to tell anyone what had happened, but I knew I needed help and Restore promised to be confidential. My hands literally shook as I typed up an email. It was the first time I was actually admitting that I had had an abortion. As hard as it was, I also felt a sense of relief. Dealing with this on my own wasn’t working and I needed help.

I started the Restore program nervous and skeptical, but meeting with other women who had experienced what I went though and hearing their stories was amazing. The leaders were kind and understanding, and the women in my group were so supportive. I did the reading at home and came to each group ready to share. Slowly I began to feel something I hadn’t felt in a long time: hope. Then, one evening I went to group and everything my leaders had been telling me and the reading I had been doing during the week came together. I suddenly got it. There was no more shame. No more regret. No more pain. Just total freedom.  I was truly healed.

I know it seems scary and I know you’re probably in a great deal of pain, but reach out. Send an email or make a call. You don’t have to feel like this anymore. Restore is a confidential, judgment-free place to talk and to be heard. I was in such a dark place and had given up on ever feeling better until I came to Restore.  If someone like me could find complete and total healing, you can too.”           ~Andrea, 35

Restore After Abortion provides non-judgmental and compassionate care to anyone suffering from the effects of a previous abortion. Call or text us today at 630-599-0043 to find out more information about how you or a loved one can get emotional healing after an abortion.