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Pregnant Teen Overhears Doctor’s Rude Remarks, Determines To Prove How Wrong He Is


Pregnant Teen Overhears Doctor’s Rude Remarks, Determines To Prove How Wrong He Is

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Terrified and in a world of pain, 17-year-old Heather Johnson lay in premature labor, getting ready to give birth to her son.

As she lay in the hospital bed, a flurry of confused and anxious thoughts whirling around in her head, she heard her doctor’s voice come through from the other side of the hospital curtain.

“Babies having babies,” he said.

Heather was mortified. And afraid.

“As If I wasn’t terrified enough already,” she said. “I had convinced myself I was ready to take this journey as a young mother, but being seen as just a kid made me feel otherwise. How could a child raise a child? What if I really didn’t have what it takes to do this?”

Having a baby at 17 wasn’t part of Heather’s plan and she was filled with fear and uncertainty, but she was also determined to make it work, and the doctor’s insensitive words just fueled that determination.

“In the delivery room filled with 12 people, I felt every range of emotion,” Heather recalled. “From my mother who cried for my future, to the many various family members who reassured her that everything would be fine. And of course, the nurse who wondered why I had such a large family and how they all managed to get into the hospital room. If I wasn’t stressed enough, the cameras and Jell-O stealing didn’t help. My son was going to have a one-of-a-kind birth story, and everyone in the family was going to be a part of it.

“Becoming a teen mom wasn’t what I had imagined for my future, but because of this chaotic family support system and a hard-working boyfriend, I had hope. Hope that I had a chance at a future. Hope that my life wouldn’t become the script of a reality TV series filled with drama and tears.”

While most people expected her to fail, Heather decided as she lay in that hospital bed that she was going to prove them all wrong.

“I wanted to give this child the best chance at a normal life,” she said. “I didn’t want my young age and lack of life experience to affect his future opportunities. I wanted to give him everything he needed and more.

“So, I made a decision that evening as I laid in the hospital bed ready to bring my son into the world. I was going to prove that doctor wrong. I was going to grow up in the next few hours and prepare myself to raise this child as an adult, not a teenager. This boy was going to become my entire world and I was going to be his. And while I wasn’t sure how difficult the journey was going to be, I was going to take it.”

A few hours later, Heather’s son entered the world. At 5 pounds, 1 ounce, he struggled to regulate his body temperature and couldn’t eat on his own. He spent the next two weeks in the NICU growing and getting stronger, and it was during that period that Heather grew and strengthened too.

“Throughout the next two weeks, the neonatal nurses helped my boyfriend and I learn how to take care of this new life. They taught us the proper way to change diapers, how to bathe him and how to be the best parents we could be.

“They gave me my crash course into Motherhood and I’ll be forever grateful to each and every one of them.”

Over the years, Heather and her son grew and learned together. It wasn’t always easy, but, side-by-side, they figured out this thing called life together.

“Time went by and our little boy grew, and so did I. He gave me challenges every day as little boys do. And together we navigated the early childhood years,” Heather said.

“He taught me that front steps are too tempting for any 3-year-old with a brand-new three-wheeler.

“He showed me just how many blocks can fit into the toilet before it clogs.

“And together we learned that chocolate milk can make an awesome Mario mustache.”

There were lessons to be learned about friendships and relationships, too.

“While I loved every second of watching him grow, the reality of being a young mother still hit me,” she said.

“I learned that most of my young friends didn’t want to spend their college years hanging out around a kid. They decided it was best to go their different ways, teaching me just how lonely motherhood could be.

“I had to take college courses during the day and work late nights so my son could have everything he needed. I cleaned fitting rooms, restocked shelves and sold shoes all in the course of his first three years of life. And while I appreciated the extra income to help raise him, I also missed moments of his life that I’ll never get back.

“And I had to pretty much accept that everyone I came across for the first five years of his life assumed I was his nanny.

“But we made it.

“That hope I once held in the hospital room turned into this bright amazing little boy who loves superheroes and hates bedtime.

“I also learned just how strong I really was.”

Now, that little boy is in fifth grade and is the light of his parents’ lives. He has two little sisters, and they have a beautiful life together.

While there have been many challenges and heartbreaks over the years, Heather knows every experience has helped her grow into the woman she is today.

“Becoming a teenage mother feels like the end, but really, it’s just the early closure of a stage in your life,” she said. “It’s accepting that you’re going to have to grow up sooner than anticipated. And while the journey itself feels impossible at times, the reason for it is worth it all.

“Having a baby at 17 wasn’t an easy road by any means, but it wasn’t the end for me. My life just went a different direction — down a larger path littered with Legos and I love Yous.”

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