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‘I was pregnant at only 17. In true Jerry Springer style, I married the childhood best friend of my baby’s daddy.’: Teen mom says she was ‘petrified but determined’ and ‘always knew’ she’d have the baby

“The news rocked my parents’ world. I was smart in school and dumb in love. I enrolled in community college, worked a full-time job and went to class at night. I married a man who had been my friend from the start. He too was at the hospital the night my daughter was born. When my daughter was 11, my husband adopted her. The paperwork was the thing that gave her his name, though she already had his heart.”

‘It was so big. I had a 3-pound tumor removed. Naively I said, ‘It won’t be cancer, I’m totally healthy and young.’: Woman admits some days ‘really suck’ but she knows cancer will be her ‘greatest blessing’

“I was standing in front of the mirror with tears streaming down my face because I couldn’t wear any of my pants. I had gained quite a bit of weight, but more than that, I had a big lump on my left leg sticking out a good 5 inches. In that moment I knew this lump wasn’t going away. I kept putting it on the back burner because honestly… The sad, bitter truth is I didn’t (and don’t) have health insurance.”

‘I knew right away, her father had hurt her really bad. I found him standing in the doorway, holding a lifeless baby.’: Granddaughter suffers from shaken baby syndrome at the hands of her father, grandma works to pass Child Abuse Registry bill

“He said she bumped her chin while playing. Miley spent 18 days in the hospital for a totally unnecessary act of violence. Her biological father received a prison sentence of 1 to 15 years for child abuse. But Miley received a life sentence. He admitted he had shaken her violently, then put her in the bathtub. We don’t know how long he waited before he called me.”

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