“I was born unto biological parents whom were the age of 21 with 4 children. Not only that but both were child molesters. Fortunately for myself I was only a baby when the system took myself and my three sisters to foster care.
However, throughout my childhood I struggled with feelings of abandonment as I couldn't understand why my sisters and I were separated through adoption and as I got older I got involved in gangs. By the time I was in junior high, I began using drugs as a teenager. I ran away at 17 and lived a life on the streets and was homeless off and on until the age of 26.
During this time I was sexually assaulted three times and lived in abusive relationships with men. One day I finally had enough of the life I didn’t want to live anymore. It was then I had to make a choice. A choice that would shape my future. A choice to either give up on me and let my circumstances overcome me or be an over-comer to my circumstances. I chose life. I chose me.
I met my husband after I finished my recovery program through a mutual friend from recovery and we have now been married for 8 years. Becoming a parent for myself was a struggle. I battled infertility due to PCOS, a septate uterus which required surgery to allow me to carry to term, factor v leiden blood clotting disorder and pre diabetes. I suffered 3 miscarriages before I became pregnant with my son whom was diagnosed with a severe brain malformation called holoprosencephaly.
I was 6 months pregnant at the time of the diagnosis and my husband and I were never given any hope or information on how to care for a child like him. Instead the medical professionals pushed abortion and stated that our son most likely wouldn't live til birth and if he did he'd have no quality of life and would most likely not survive long after. Fortunately for our son abortion was never an option. We prayed for a son. God had answered our prayers. Never did He say it would be easy but in the end all we would go through would be worth it.
Our son is now 5 yrs old and every day is a blessing to have him. He is the reason I am against abortion today because his life has opened my eyes to just how valuable each and every human life truly is and how precious it is in God’s eyes. I am today a pro life advocate whom has traveled with my team to college campuses to speak to students about abortion. Our displays, resources and dialogue has saved countless lives from abortion and also allows us as Christians to minister to hurting women. Had I not chosen life for my precious son, none of this would be part of my life today. And for his life I am grateful in so many ways. He is my son, my hero and God is my strength.” - Nicole