Humans of New York received a warm welcome ever since their first photograph came out. Their photo series was loved by netizens due to the various stories that came from people from all walks of life. Recently, Brandon Stanton, the creator, featured the story of a young Filipina mother who has experienced a lot of struggles in life.
Of course, this woman was left unnamed but her story spoke volumes in the hearts of those who came across it. She starts the tale by saying that when her boyfriend found out that she was pregnant, he just upped and left without warning.
The young mother was left to face such a scary future alone and despite having parents, she wasn’t sure if she would be accepted at all. But it turns out that her father has seen her pregnancy test and will soon talk to her about it. When the confrontation happened, the woman couldn’t help but cry because she thought she was going to be sent away.
But after some time, her father supported her and her decision to keep the baby. He would cook all the dishes that his daughter would ask and he started saving money in case she needed a cesarean section when the time comes. Everything was good.
Yet, a tragedy was lurking in the corner, as her father acquired a high fever from walking through flood waters. The fever developed into a cough so they took him to the hospital but he just suddenly passed away.
“It was so sudden. I had no idea what I was going to do. I got all my strength from my father. It seemed like keeping the baby had been a mistake. It’s been a tough few years.“
But instead of giving up, she persevered for the sake of her child. The young mother got a job to support her family and her son is doing so well in school. Her story may not be completely over nor was it perfect but she doesn’t regret giving birth to her child.
“It’s been hard, but I’ve proven to myself that I didn’t have to end a life just because I couldn’t face it.“
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