Fear. You can’t live with it, you can’t live without it. Or could we?
Fear is a right of passage for every human. It’s something instinctually in us that cannot be ignored. Why not? Our bodies are created to respond emotionally and physically. Based on our past experiences, one person’s emotional reactions can be stronger than another’s. But fear is something that everyone experiences.
Are you currently feeling fear about a pregnancy situation? Maybe you had an unwanted sexual experience and are now scared to take a pregnancy test. Maybe you know for sure that you’re pregnant, but the idea of a termination surgery feels terrifying. If you live in Chicagoland, please let us help you. Whatever your unique pregnancy concerns, Avenue Women’s Center exists as a “first step” clinic. We are here to compassionately and expertly care for any woman who’s facing an unplanned pregnancy. Please contact us today.
Before you wish fear away, you may want to give it a “thanks” or at least acknowledge that it is somewhat of a friend (or at least acquaintance)! Fear can be the ultimate decision maker in that it can keep us safe from harm. It can guide us quickly, or slowly, to a decision that makes us flee from trouble or gives us enough power to dig in our heels and stay for a fight. Regardless of which response fear evokes, we can have appreciation for this powerful emotion.
What I find sad is when fear is not dealt with head on. Indecision that is allowed to linger indefinitely can paralyze a person and disable them to live to their potential. Instead of facing fear directly and being in control, fear takes on an ambiguous role that chooses what will eventually be the outcome. I look at tackling fear as a sort of brainy muscle memory exercise. When fear has led to indecision, I ask myself: What is the worst thing that can happen? Often, once I list all the worst possible outcomes, I can then decide if these are reasonable responses. I ask myself if I am submitting to the flight aspect of fear or if I should stay and put up a good fight?
One of my favorite writers, Mark Twain, summarized his experience with fear through a type of looking glass. He was quoted saying:
“I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”
I love this quote because it shows that some fears happen (fight/flight) and some don’t occur (indecision/worry). However, Twain survived to speak of it. A great lesson from legendary Mark Twain.
Most of the women who visit Avenue Women’s Center are experiencing some degree of fear. A pregnancy decision can be the biggest choice a woman has yet faced in her life. Having helped thousands of women through this life event, we can assure you that you can navigate your choice with confidence. You can conquer your fears. You can make your best, most well-informed choice… a choice you feel proud to look back on. And we are here to help.
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The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.