Courtney Krill is now 28-years-old, but what she has experienced in life is something that will inspire many people especially teenagers. Courtney became a teenage mother when she was 14.
According to a letter Courtney sent to Love What Matters, she was a cheerleader, swimmer, and honor roll student who attended church every week. But despite all this she grew up starving for attention, became depressed, and started using drugs and looking for love and attention from the wrong people.
When she was 12-years-old, Courtney and her friends began smoking, taking drugs, and having premarital sex. Because of that, the time came when she had to undergo a drug test and she found out that she was pregnant. But despite her mistakes, her mother showed her the unconditional love that she longed for.
Everybody around her advised and encouraged her to have an abortion except for her mom and aunt. Courtney was tempted to abort her baby during those times but a miracle happened.
“A few months passed and I couldn’t bring myself to get an abortion. My mom encouraged me by telling me I was making a good choice. After all of my terrible life decisions, it was nice to hear I was doing something good. I decided to keep my baby, and my family agreed to help me with her so I could finish school.
“My mom took me to every doctor appointment and let me continue to live at home. I stopped smoking and all my unhealthy choices from before, to the extent that I wouldn’t even drink a soda. I had a healthy pregnancy and looked forward to meeting my baby girl”, she said.
Courtney’s daughter was born premature, with complications leading to cerebral palsy. Despite these trials, the baby she conceived became a beautiful blessing in her life and Courtney’s mom was always there to guide her.
“I know that God gave me my daughter to save my life. We still face many challenges as I am a single mom and she is differently abled. We take no small thing for granted. She is now a happy, healthy, outgoing 14-year-old girl living a life free of anything close to my life at 14. My mom’s unconditional love is a huge part of that”, Courtney wrote.
Indeed, Courtney’s life serves as a powerful message for everyone. Abortion is not the answer. But the unconditional love from our family and most of all, from God is what will truly help us.
Credits: Love What Matter
This article was written by Kriza Jo L. Tanduyan