3 years on

This weekend (March 17th) is the 3 year anniversary of me having my abortion. This isn’t an emotional time, it isn’t a remarkable time, it’s just a date that I remember every year. Thinking about how much of an awful time I was going through this time 3 years ago doesn’t upset me anymore. It was without a doubt the worst day of my life so far, I don’t want to take away just how difficult it was just because now it doesn’t phase me. I’ve talked about my abortion so much that the emotion seems to have disappeared from it. That’s the reason I love talking about it, it’s not upsetting to me, the story sometimes doesn’t even feel like mine I’ve shared it with so many people. It’s now just factual information, I had an abortion, it sucked but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Why I wanted to bring light to the fact it’s been 3 years is because of everything that happened in these 3 years! Everything that happened to me because I had my abortion, everything that is still to happen because I had my abortion.

I graduated from university, with a first class degree. A first that I got after making a documentary about my abortion. I went on holidays and trips with friends and family, made memories that I’ll never forget. I made new friends, moved house, fell in love. I supported my Mom with a divorce, watched my sister live her dream and move abroad (all of their lives would be different if I hadn’t gone through with my abortion.)

I started this website. The website that allowed me to talk honestly and openly about abortion, and is allowing others to do the same. This website means the world to me, my face and my story has literally been all over the world and I love it. This week I’m being interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester, and my story is going into the NHS archives to celebrate their 70 year anniversary. None of this would be happening if I hadn’t had my abortion.

All over the world in the last 3 years abortion laws have changed! Repeal The 8th went through in Ireland and buffer zones are being introduced across the globe to help stop the harassment of women and workers of abortion clinics. Manchester’s is coming up!

I’m about to embark on another great adventure by moving to Canada! An opportunity that wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t have an abortion. A lot of people have issue with the fact that abortion can be viewed as selfish. If it is, what’s wrong with that? Why is it wrong to do something right for yourself, to allow yourself time to grow and develop as a person. I love my life right now, and I’m excited to see what the next 3 years bring.