Keturah Pickens, my little sister, now a senior at University Academy, was 16 years old when she found out that she was pregnant. A million things ran through her mind that night.
“I was sad, disappointed, mad, and angry”, Keturah said.
Through all the trimesters, Keturah was numb to the world. When she had the baby, her emotions didn’t change dramatically.
“I felt the same, just had a baby to take care of a baby. I was young, it came unexpectedly, so I wasn’t as excited as mothers who are expecting, and well prepared,” Keturah said.
When teenagers find out they are pregnant, their whole lives change. They now have someone else to take care of rather than just themselves.
Keturah didn’t know a thing about raising a baby.
“It’s a bit of a challenge but also still pretty cool.” She said.
It’s not easy taking care of a baby when you’re a teenager still in school.
“Yeah it is hard because you know you still got to go to school and then come home to take care of the baby”, She said.
Even when parents are mad at their daughters, they don’t stop caring and supporting their child. Keturah has her whole family that supports her as she raises her daughter, Kamryn.
“Yeah, I probably have a bigger support system than others. My grandparents help me a lot; emotionally, mentally, and just with Kamryn.
At first, Keturah felt that no one was there, but she was never alone. When she found out she was having Kamryn, she locked herself in the room for days. It was not until the family talked with her and told her everything would be alright.
My grandmother wasn't the happiest about the news but it didn't stop her from comforting her grandchi...
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...r, she has a job, a car, and taking care of her son.
Keturah used to have a normal teenage life; going to school, hanging with friends, and being care free. Now, a year later, she is still in school.
“They need to hurry up and give me my diploma,” Keturah said.
For the past two years, Keturah has been waiting to graduate from University Academy in Kansas City Missouri. Now she is only a few weeks away from graduating.
Her story shows that having a baby doesn’t stop you from achieving your goals. It makes it a little bit harder but it is not impossible.
Having a baby at a young age does not ruin your life. It will be a challenge, your life is dedicated to the baby, and your life as a teenager is put on pause. But it’s worth it.
Pappas, Stephanie. “State With the Highest Teen Pregnancy Rate Is…” LiveScience.com. Live Science, 2013. Web. 28 Apr. 2014.
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