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Given A Chance To Live

My name is Christina. My story is really not so unique. There are hundreds of people in the world, especially in the United States, that have very similar stories. My birth parents were 15 years old when they conceived me. She was just a child herself and was very confused and overwhelmed. After a great deal of agonizing over what she was going to do about the pregnancy, she decided that she was not ready to be a mom. Instead of terminating the pregnancy, she chose to allow a couple that was not able to have any more of their own biological children, but wanted more, to adopt me. Through her selfless choice, she gave another mother a chance to share her love with another child. She gave the other family a chance to have a daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, etc.

So many people wrongly believe that children who are adopted have a negative view of life. That they somehow feel they were abandoned by their birth parents. This may very well be the case for some, but for the majority like myself, I have always felt very special. I was chosen. I was wanted. I was not a mistake. I was so fortunate to have adoptive parents that decided honesty was the best policy. They did not keep it a secret from me, but instead chose to be upfront from the beginning about my birth parents. For this reason and all the love they gave me, I grew up believing in myself and knowing that I was born for a reason.

If my birth mother had not chosen to give me life, I would not have met the amazing man that I have had the privilege of being married to for the last 25 years. The world would not have been blessed with my two precious children. What she could never have realized was that her one choice would impact so many other people for generations to come. I and my family will be forever grateful for the choice she made.

My hope and prayer is that we will all understand how precious and sacred all life is and that we have a responsibility to defend it with our actions and words. Please share with anyone and everyone what an amazing sacrifice of love that adoption truly is. If we talked about it in that way maybe more young women would choose to give life rather than to destroy it through abortion.