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Each of our clients are unique. They each come with their own struggles, concerns, and triumphs. No matter what their background or their choice, RealOptions lovingly supports them through their entire process. Here are some true stories from our clients.

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Sarah's head was spinning...

Sarah's* head was spinning. A few weeks ago everything was fine- she was living happily with her boyfriend and they were planning on getting married as soon as they had enough money saved for her dream wedding. But her world came crashing down when she found out Nate* was cheating on her. Then, days later, a home pregnancy test told her that she had conceived after nearly a year of trying to get pregnant. But knowing Nate was being unfaithful to her made her resent the baby in her womb. She said nothing to Nate about the pregnancy or her knowledge of his infidelity, but quietly stressed and fumed about what was happening. One afternoon she saw an ad for RealOptions on TV that offered free medical care and options counseling, so she picked up the phone to make an appointment.

For the first time in several weeks, Sarah opened up to someone about everything that was happening. Her Client Advocate listened compassionately to all the struggles Sarah was facing and they started talking about some of the choices Sarah had in front of her. They discussed the pros and cons of parenting, abortion, and adoption. Sarah felt that while abortion normally would not be her first choice since it was her body, she had the freedom to choose what she wanted. Our nurse then reviewed abortion options and procedures, Sarah seemed to resign herself to the fact that while she hated to do it, it was the best option for her. She could not picture placing her child for adoption. Co-parenting with a man who cheated on her was too difficult for her to imagine.

Sarah lay quietly on the ultrasound table as the nurse began to scan her stomach. Suddenly on the screen the top of a small head appeared and two arms outstretched as if reaching for a hug. "Is that my baby?" asked Sarah quietly. "Yes, and he is waving to you," said the nurse with a gentle smile. Tears started to slowly roll down Sarah’s face as she looked at the baby while the nurse took measurements to determine the child’s age. Sarah knew then that she could not abort her baby who already was showing her such love.

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