Brandee’s Story

Posted on by Renee Morales

"Hi! I'm Brandee and my sons name is Zaedyn and here's a little about my story.

I had a really hard time with depression and anxiety earlier in life. I hung out with some not so good friends which led me to make some unwise decisions. I guess I kind of rebelled and went down a bad path in life. I wish I could say I graduated high school and didn't drop out or that I never did bad things and was a good kid. I won't go into details but if I wouldn't have gotten pregnant, I would probably be dead or in jail.

When I found out I was pregnant I was about two weeks to a month along. I bought the test, saw the two little pink lines and fell to the floor bawling. I moved back in with my mom. I was shocked and absolutely devastated. I was definitely not at a point in my life where I wanted to have a baby and it was really hard to get used to it.

When I told my mom she thought I was joking at first. When she realized I wasn't she just threw her hands in the air and said, "well, we're having a baby!!!!" Totally not the reaction I expected!

Even though I wasn't ready to have a baby, becoming a mother gave my life purpose. Having my son flipped my world upside down in the greatest way possible. My world revolves around my son and I plan on being the best mother I can be for him. I would do anything for my sweet boy. I never knew I could love someone so much. I plan on going back to school to get my diploma and go to collage to become a psychiatrist. Its going to be tough, but I know with hard work and dedication I can do it.

Being a mom isn't all fun and games, though. You are suddenly responsible for another life. It's not all about you anymore. You can't sleep, eat, shower, do anything when you want and you have to do everything for this other life.

When I was around seven months pregnant, I started going to Parent Life. This group has helped so much, from helping with items for my baby, to emotional support, and even spiritual guidance. They teach you stuff about being a parent and how to handle yourself as a parent. Let me just say Parent Life was and still is a huge blessing for me. I found people who know what I'm going through and everyone helps and is there for each other. I'm so happy I found this second home and this new family.

I've always felt like I had a weird relationship with God. I am baptised and go to church sometimes. I pray and talk to the Lord. But since I started coming to Parent Life I can definitely say my relationship with God has grown and become more familiar. I want to be close to God so I can show my son how to be close to Him as well.

I want other girls in my situation to know that just because you're young and you may need more help, don't think your life is over. You can still accomplish your dreams, it may just take a little longer. You're not alone, and there are so many resources out there to help you. Everything will be okay, and all the hardships will be worth it because there's nothing as important or perfect as your child."

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