This is one of the most commonly asked questions we receive at H3Helpline. Women who have dealt with the pain of a past abortion are wanting to know what healing looks like, what it means for them, and how they can know if they’re healing. While there isn’t a universal answer, there are a few overarching themes we’ve seen in the women we’ve talked to over the years. If you or someone you know has been affected by the pain of abortion, call H3Helpline today at 866-721-7881 to start your healing journey.
Conquering Your Pain
Healing means that the pain of abortion will go away. However, like any other choice we make in life, the consequences of that choice stay with us. Healing isn’t a matter of removing the pain; it’s finding victory in conquering it. Just like an open wound that has healed, the scars remain, but they don’t define you. Instead, they become a part of your life story and a means for you to connect and empower others who have also been touched by abortion.
Feeling Empowered to Share Your Story
A common sign of healing we see in the women we talk with is when they feel empowered and free to talk openly about their experience with abortion. All too often, abortion is met with a stigma that makes women feel like they have to hide their story and harbor their pain in secret. However, that feeling is a lie that is designed to make you be held captive in your fear. When you conquer your pain, you not only are free of it, but you also realize that your abortion is part of your story. By sharing that story, you’re not only letting go of the fear that held you back, but you are adding your voice to a community of women who are living in fear and giving them the courage to join you in speaking out.
Building a Community
Another common sign we see in the healing journey is women and men forming close-knit communities with others who have been affected by the pain of abortion. In most cases, this is attending post-abortion support groups and/or weekend retreats where they can freely share their stories and encourage and support one another as they take their individual healing journeys. Surrounding yourself with others who have had experiences similar to your own can be very empowering and let you know that you are not alone in this.
Get the Support You Need
If you’ve recently started on your healing journey and are looking for resources or community, or don’t know how to start your healing journey, call H3Helpline. When you do, your call will be answered by someone who has experienced the pain of abortion firsthand and completed their own healing journey. We are here to listen to your story, answer your questions about finding freedom and healing, and connecting you with resources and support in your area that will walk with you on your healing journey every step of the way. Give us a call at 866-721-7881. We’d love to talk with you.