Chaunie’s Story: An Unexpected Journey

Chaunie is a former FFL intern and pregnant college senior. She has shared her journey in letters (see below) since the fall semester of 2007. As part of a series entitled, "Chaunie’s Story: An Unexpected Journey," Chaunie has volunteered to chronicle her experiences for all of us. The letter below is her latest installment.   February 2008 Dear Serrin, Near the end of the fall semester, as students were clearing the campus, I found myself alone in the library, balancing to-do lists with my final exam notes. I began to feel my baby kick. At first, the gentle fluttering against my abdomen was easy to miss, but since then it has been growing stronger by the day. I find myself marveling at my life and how quickly it has changed. Just a few months ago, I was enjoying an internship with Feminists for Life, supporting student leaders and fighting to overcome the challenges faced by student parents. Now I am fighting for myself. The journey thus far has been exhausting, at times overwhelming, but it has also been a wonderful journey of self-discovery. I have begun to discover my strength as a woman. I realize that the world may see me, a pregnant young college student, as an unlucky statistic, a person to be pitied. But I am learning to hold my head high and realize that I have become stronger than I ever thought possible. I have juggled the challenges of early pregnancy, complete with terrible morning sickness, a grueling school schedule, work and championing for women like me on campus, all while planning a wedding and dealing...