I'm 23 and 14 weeks pregnant

I'm 23 and 14 weeks pregnant, and due to have an abortion this week. I'm absolutely terrified. My consultation is 2 days before so I do not know what to expect yet, and as it is at an NHS hospital I do not even know if I will be offered a general anaesthetic, I don't know if I can manage with just a local.
The only person I've told is a girl at work who can't come with me as she can't get the same day off, and my biggest concern is getting home afterwards.
My local hospital won't perform terminations after 12 weeks so I will have to drive an hour to another hospital, and I'm worried about driving home afterwards.
I also don't know how I will keep it from my parents who I still live with, or my colleagues as I am back in work the next day. I'm 100% sure that abortion is the right thing for me and couldn't even consider going through with this pregnancy, but not having any support is making this a very difficult time and I wish I could just skip a week ahead to when it will be over.

Editor's Comment

It is very hard to go through an abortion without support. If you were able to tell your parents, you may be surprised at their response and want to support you through this difficult time. If you need any support from someone impartial then please follow the link for post abortion support. or call the helpline 0300 4000 999
This story was sent in on 19/01/2015 and it's been viewed 48 times.

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