Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

I went to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte to get birth control. I didn’t date in high school because my parents were very strict. My older sister had fallen into a group that did drugs. Instead of going to college, Laura went to rehab the summer before I started high school. I saw my sister go into a tailspin. I swore I wouldn’t get into drugs or party in any way. I tried to be perfect for my parents. I studied hard, got good grades and even founded an anti-drug group on my high school campus. I was torn between attending college close to home in Indiana or following my passion and attending college at my dream school in California. In the end, I decided to run far away.

Now that I am in my senior year, I finally felt like I could relax a bit and live a little. I met Jake at a coffee shop. We dated for a few months before things went farther than ever before. We talked about it after and decided that we would continue having an intimate relationship so I did the responsible thing and went to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte to get on the pill. The nurse said it was standard procedure to do a pregnancy test first. I was floored when she returned and said that I was pregnant. I couldn’t believe it.

Shock, devastation, fear, anger, sadness, excitement, embarrassment. Those are just a few of the emotions I ran through over the next few hours. On my way home, Jake called to confirm we were meeting up for dinner. I panicked. What would he think? Would he think I planned this? Would he be angry? Would he leave me? I didn’t know what to expect. I told him I wasn’t feel well. When I got home, I told my roommate what was going on. She told me about Support Circle. I called and made an appointment for the next day.

At Support Circle, I was able to meet with a nurse who answered my medical questions. I always saw myself as prolife until I got pregnant. The timing was so bad that all I could think about was getting an abortion. Carla, the patient advocate really listened. She felt safe and comfortable. Like I could tell her anything and she would not judge me. I had tunnel vision, thinking my only option was abortion. Carla helped me to objectively look at all of my options. As much as I wanted to just have Carla tell me what I should do, she was firm that it was a decision only I could make but she would answer any questions I had and provide me with information and community resources.

I like the Support Circle motto: Time, Space and Support. I really felt like they lived up to it. I’m glad I didn’t go back to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. I recommend you go get help at Support Circle first. You won’t regret it.