While sitting in the doctor's office a few weeks ago, I encountered a pregnant woman who was sobbing while sitting there in the waiting room. After a couple of minutes, I decided that I needed to do something ...I went and sat next to her and put my arm around her and said, "Is there anything I can do to help?" she shook her head no and proceeded to cry ... I felt like I couldn't just get up and leave because she was so distraught. I noticed she was looking at a picture of a baby in a womb. So, I asked, "Is your baby ok?" I could see she was pregnant. She didn't answer for a bit and then just whispered... "I came here today to ask my doctor about an abortion...or a referral to somewhere to go..." My instincts kicked in and the first thing I said was "sweetie, don’t do that, you will regret it for the rest of your life!"
We continued with a conversation of me mostly telling her options that she had, I helped her look up phone numbers on my cell phone and of places she could get the help that she needed. As we had talked, it seemed that the biggest issue with her was that she was young and single and there was no money. We talked for quite some time and I found myself looking up on my phone the exact developmental stage the baby that she was carrying was at. As we sat there looking at the pictures of the babies in the womb that I had found online, and because I am a person that's prone to humor, I was being the voice of the little people that we were looking at and saying funny things that little kids say. She started to laugh, and she said to me that she had thought she felt her baby kick that morning but thought it was just her imagination. Well the fact that I have never had a baby and I don't know when they start to kick and how early you feel it but I said anyway, I think you did feel a kick, and I think that your little baby wants a chance... and I and I said "Just give him a chance, there are so many other ways that you can handle this and so many people that can help if you just reach out and ask for it. Giving him a chance is a choice you will never regret."
I had already helped her with some phone numbers and she just turned to me and thanked me for caring and then stood up to leave ... she said ... " looks like I'm having a baby...I've got to figure this out. Thanks, you helped me make up my mind." She left. You know, my life didn't turn out the way I thought it was supposed to, I have thought what is my purpose? ... right at that moment, I realized I had made a difference.