PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) in the Philippines VI

To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with Abortion Pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them  a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from Mik,  a  20-year old student from Manila, Philippines
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Hi sir! Sorry medyo napahaba yung reflection ko 😁
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It was April nung na-notice ko na something had changed in me. I used to eat really strict dahil in preparation for a summer trip (I rarely eat rice). But, a week before our trip, nafrustrate ako kasi there were times na sobra akong natetempt kumain ng kumain. Hindi ko naman pinansin masyado yun, I thought na baka na-miss ko lang talaga yung mga foods na iniiwasan ko for a long time. But, after our summer trip, medyo kinabahan na ko. Kasi I really can’t resist na kumain especially yung maaasim sobrang nagccrave ako. By this time, konti palang naman yung kaba ko. Irregular kasi ako magperiod. Minsan 2 months hindi ako nagkakaron. We have been sexually active ng boyfriend ko for more than a year without protection and hindi ako nabubuntis. So parang tinanggap na namin na siguro may problema sakin kaya ganun. But despite my condition, my boyfriend didn’t left me. Instead, he love me even more. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Minsan jinojoke ko sya na parang nahihilo ako and sabi ko feeling ko buntis ako. Though I can see the happiness in his eyes, nakikita ko din yung fear nya dahil alam nyang magagalit yung parents ko since hindi pa ako tapos sa studies ko. We’ve always wanted to do ‘it’ safely through withdrawal method but because I really love him, I always wanted to give the best for him. I let him come inside me. May konting takot pero nagsstick nalang muna ako dun sa possibility na baka nga infertile ako. Pero still umaasa pa rin ako na sana hindi pa lang talaga will ni Lord ngayon na magkababy kami, pero sana in the future bigyan nya kami ng kahit isa lang, but not yet now.
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3rd week of April when I started to feel really different. Nakakaramdam na ako ng hilo and I feel really exhausted everytime. There were also times na nasusuka ako pag may naamoy akong something pero pinipigil ko sa takot kong baka may makahalata sa family ko. I was very open when it comes to my boyfriend, vocal ako sa kanya sa lahat ng nararamdaman ko and he kept on telling me na kahit anong mangyari, hindi nya ko papabayaan dahil dalawa kaming involved dito. 4th week, before ako bumalik ng dorm, I bought 2 PT’s. Hindi ko muna pinaalam sa boyfriend ko. The next morning nagtest ako, I used first the cheaper one, and to my surprise dalawa yung lines. Nanginginig na ko by that time. Pero sabi ko baka nagfail lang dahil cheap PT lang yun, so I tried the other one, yung medyo expensive, and nag-two lines din. Sobrang takot yung naramdaman ko nun. I called my boyfriend and told him about this and just like what he said before, ano man ang mangyari, dalawa naming dadalhin to, pero I can feel na mixed emotions yung nafefeel nya. After that call, unti unting nagsisink in sakin lahat lahat. I felt happy to know na hindi pala ako infertile and I have the capability to bear a child and make a family, but so scared with the consequences of this. I felt so lost that time. Gusto man naming ipush yung pregnancy ko, we really don’t have enough savings para maibigay yung magandang buhay para sa baby namin since student palang ako and hindi naman din ganun kalaki yung monthly salary ng boyfriend ko. And the fact na student palang ako, hindi ko alam kung anong pwedeng gawin samin ng parents ko pag nalaman nila. Natatakot ako na baka mapunta sa baby namin lahat ng sisi, na baka hindi sya mahalin ng family ko. I know na mali yung pumapasok sa isip ko nung panahon na yun, I wanted to abort our baby. Sobrang mali, sobra talaga, but sana maintindihan nalang ni Lord and ni baby. Of course as a mother I wanted to give the best for my child. Pero hindi pa ito yung time para maibigay ko yung best para sakanya. Ayokong dumating yung time na sasabihin nalang nya samin na sana hindi nalang kami yung naging daddy and mommy nya dahil hindi namin maibigay yung magandang buhay para sa kanya. Sorry baby.. Sorry…
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I tried to search online for a safe and natural herbal abortion. I found out that this herb called Dong Quai plus high dosage of Vitamin C may induce miscarriage. That same night, I called my boyfriend again. Crying. I told him about this herbal abortion and nafeel ko naman sa kanya na gusto din nya since we’re both not ready yet. Ang sabi lang nya is, kung anong decision ko yun din ang kanya. Ano man yung maging plano ko, susuportahan nya ko and he assured me na whatever happens, he won’t leave me. So I checked again the blog that I’ve found, and emailed the owner about this Dong Quai. We planned to do it the next week so we can still have enough time to think and talk about it. So the next week came, we both agreed to do it. I took the herbal meds for 2 weeks, but I still didn’t bleed. I took a PT again and it still gave me a positive result. Maybe it’s too late for me to take the herbal medicine. That time, sobrang depressed na ko. I wanted to go on with the pregnancy na, pero Ms. Maeann told me na I should be committed to this dahil once na uminom ako ng herbal meds, there’s no way to back out or else malaki yung possibility na magkaron na ng abnormality yung baby ko if we decide to go on with my pregnancy. She gave me her plan B in case the herbal meds won’t work for me. Plan B is the so called RU 486, Mifepristone and Misoprostol.  I searched for this in the internet and found out na these are abortion pills that gives a sure shot procedure. She referred me to Project486 Team. At first I was hesitant to go on with this, since I’ve read na medyo matapang yung gamot and what if hindi ko kayanin. But nilakasan ko nalang yung loob ko. I emailed them. And Sir Alex responded quickly. It was 3rd week of May when I coordinated with them. They asked for some information so they can analyze my situation. Sir Alex then transferred me to my consultant, Sir John. I texted him for a consulation schedule. Gabi na nung time na yun. Sir John asked me to call him by 12midnight for the consulation. He gave me about 2 hours of his time kahit sobrang gabi na to explain everything to me. He said na kung ibabase sa LMP (Last Menstrual Period) ko, my baby is already 12 weeks, so he scheduled me for a consulation immediately since masyado nang late para iabort pa yung baby ko with this gestation age. Pero since irregular yung period ko, I may not be 12 weeks pregnant, so we’re not really sure.  But, of course we have to prepare for the worst. He said na if we really wanted to do it, we have to do it as soon as possible dahil once na tumuntong ng 13 weeks, I have a 30% chance of hospitalization na. The next day I called my boyfriend and told him everything Sir John said. The meds are a bit expensive <for  a student like me> . Sobrang hirap nung situation na yun dahil we don’t have enough money to buy the meds. We have some savings ng boyfriend ko but still it’s not yet enough, but we’re close to it na. And considering na tumatakbo yung oras, naiisip ko what if mag-13 weeks na pero hindi pa din namin mastart yung procedure, what if hindi magsucceed yung abortion, what if maging complicated lahat para samin. Sobrang stressed na ko nung time na yun. Ginawan ng paraan ng boyfriend ko para makumpleto yung payment namin, and he made it. Thanks to my boyfriend and thank you Sir John for being so patient with us.
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4th week of May when I received the meds. The team declared the meds as an accessory nung pinaship nila thru LBC for security reasons. Then we started the procedure agad sa apartment ng boyfriend ko. Sir John was very attentive and texts me from time to time to check my condition and to remind me about the procedure. It wasn’t that hard for me to pass the first and second day since medyo sanay na din akong mag low diet. 3rd day was the hardest part of this procedure, both physically and emotionally. 6am when I took the vaginal miso. After a few minutes sobrang sakit na ng puson ko. As in sobra talaga. After about 3 hours, I felt something liquid came out from my vagina. 10am when I tried to stand up para kumuha ng water dahil pinabili ko pa ng extra diapers yung boyfriend ko. Upon standing I felt something came out from me, this time hindi na sya liquid. I tried to open
my diaper and sobrang nanghina ako sa nakita ko. It was our baby, buo na sya 😭 May arms at legs na din… Sobrang hard nung part na yun dahil I felt so emotional but I need to fight with my emotions since hindi ako pwedeng mastress. Habang hinihintay ko yung boyfriend ko wala akong ibang ginawa kundi magsorry nang magsorry kay baby and kay Lord for doing this. My boyfriend then came back and found me crying. He hugged me so tight and pinalakas nya nalang yung loob ko. I know mahirap din para sa kanya yun but he tried to be strong to get our baby from my diaper and to wash him/her. That time parang nanghihinayang ako at nagsisisi dahil buo na sya, but we both agreed to do it kaya we should accept it nalang. Few hours later lumabas na din yung minor POC’s, and Sir John confirmed that the worst is over and we have successfully completed the abortion. We never wanted to just throw our baby into the trash can or just flush him/her in the toilet so we have him/her properly burried. We used the box of the bracelet (where they placed the meds during shipping) as our baby’s coffin and I kept the bracelet as a remembrance from our baby. Up until now that he/she was already burried, sobrang nagiging emotional parin ako especially when I’m alone. Hindi ko mapigilan maisip yung ginawa namin. But I’m trying to fight with my emotions. I’m also praying na sana hindi makaapekto yung meds sa next na magiging baby namin in the future. I know na challenge lang to samin ng boyfriend ko and sana mapatawad kami ni baby.. Baby sorry talaga ha.. Sana maintindihan mo.. Kahit na ganyan, sobrang mahal na mahal ka namin ni daddy mo.. Ayaw lang namin na magsuffer ka.. We love you so much baby… Lord, take good care of our baby po sana. Sorry, but I know you can take good care of him/her much more than we can..
And to Project486 Team, thank you so much for helping us and staying by our side throughout the procedure. Thank you for being so patient with us and cheering us up during the time when things get so tough.You know you have done so much for me, for us.. I really don’t know kung pano kami makakabawi sa lahat ng naitulong nyo samin. You only asked for a brief sharing of the experience we had with your team, but we really believe that you deserve more than that. We really owe you a lot. Thank you so much Sir John and Sir Alex and to the whole Project486 Team (project486.ca@gmail.com). God bless you all.
– Mik , 20, student
Manila, Philippines
“Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you” – P. Dixon


PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) in the Philippines VI

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PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) in the Philippines V

To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with Abortion Pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them  a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from Clarice,  an 18 year-old student from Palawan, Philippines 


 

My LMP was in the first week of March and then i expected to have my period on the last week of it or first week of April. It didn’t came. From that time i was preoccupied after two week i have decided to take a pregnancy test. And two red lines approached me. Hopelessness was the only thing that covered me that time. I was extremely hopeless about my future. I’m too young for this and i know to myself that my parents could make my life the worst of all if they will know about this. My boyfriend wanted us to continue this and make a family, but i let him understand that i can’t because of my parents. And he said he will support me on my decision. From that day on, i became so busy researching about on how to induce miscarriage, i found out about over dosing with vitC, parsley leaves, sesame seeds and many more then on my researching i found clinics and more but i was scared on that then i read a blog about the herbal abortion taking dong quai capsule, i’ve tried it also but it didn’t work. I decided to email the blogger and luckily replies back with information about Project 486. I emailed it immediately and i was accommodated making me understand about the procedure. I was in doubt that time because almost 3 weeks had already passed. I told myself i have to make a solution to my problem for my future. I was totally scared because i thought it was little too late for the procedure. But i have no choice. Sir John accommodated me time on time. I got the meds and on the first day i was really scared to take it. The diet was so hard, it was the only thing that made me weak that time on the second day. Then the third day was the peak of the procedure, mixed emotions filled me, i feel so scary, anxious, terrified and thanks to my boyfriend who became my companion that time, i feel a sudden calmness. Pain got my inner being, too much cramps and dizziness also. And on the last day, i got a feeling of relief. Thanks to my consultant that even on the midnightwhen i need help he’s always there. And also thanks to the whole group of project 486  (project486.ca@gmail.com) .
– Clarice, 18
Student, Palawan Philippines
“Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you.” -Dr P. Dixon
 
“Getting the right information is winning half the battle.”
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PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) in the Philippines V

PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) in the Philippines IV

To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with Abortion Pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them  a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from Jana , a  21-year single-mom and a BPO -CSR agent   from Quezon City, Philippines.  

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Hi, sorry it’s kind of long. Hope you don’t mind.  😊

The moment my period didn’t come by the day I was expecting it,  I already knew it. I knew it because this is my body and I knew it because I’ve already been there.

This was supposed to be my Second pregnancy. But yeah I ended it with the help of Project486. And why did I do what I did???

You can’t blame me if I chose to be selfish this time.   I am 21 year old single mom of a 2 year old baby girl.  Have a good job,  I love my career, I love the people around me, my dad wants me to go back to school too, in short I just got my life back! I just rebuilt my life after my baby’s daddy dumped me.

After 3 years of being single I met this guy. I dont really know if im in love with him or I was just lonely. But eventually he became my boyfriend- and unfortunately knocked me up. We know we’re both not ready, I have a 2 year old kid and im planning to go back to school. This was just too much. He wanted to keep the baby. But I didn’t want to.

First, we’re both not financially stable.
Second,  I don’t think I’m ready to build a life and family with him.
Third,  I don’t want to hurt my dad again.

And the list goes on, you won’t understand if you’re not in the same situation.  I know a lot of people will judge me because of this.

But I really don’t care. I disappointed my parents once, I won’t let that happen again. Not this time, I just got their trust back.

So when I confirmed I was 4 weeks pregnant,  I went to a drugstore and grocery store right away, to buy parsley and Rhea Vitamin C.  Because I read it in a blog about inducing a miscarriage using herbs and vitamin C for early pregnancy. Halos maubos ko na yung 1 bottle of Rhea Vit. C But with no luck nothing happened.  So I tried googling stuff again, I read about inserting parsley in Vagina, drinking parsley tea,  vit. C then Dong Quai capsule will terminate early pregnancy.

I tried contacting the blogger, thank God she replied.  I asked where could I buy Dong Quai,  instead of answering my question she said it might be too late for me to do abortion in herbal way so  she referred Project486 (project486.ca@gmail.com) who also helped her friend before.

And that’s it, I contacted these guys. They are easy to talk to. Really friendly they replied immediately to my email. But damn,  the process,  the documents they sent to me so I can study the procedure and the things that could happen frightened me.

Medical Abortion scared the sht out of me.

I was like…  “Sht, I dont think i can do this.”

But then, Sir Alex and Sir John were very patient and accommodating.  They will answer all of your questions, they will tell you the truth even if it will scare you.

“Pag hindi mo to nagawa,  ito ang mangyayare… ”
They are like that,  they will not sugar-coat things for you.

They will educate you of all the things you need to know.

Pero yun nga, I was scared shtless.
I was on my 6 weeks when I contacted them. Pero dahil natakot ako, umasa pa rin ako sa useless na herbs. I dont know kung peke ba yung nabili kong dong quai capsules online or dahil masyado na talagang late para sa herbal abortion.

Pero nung nagpa ultrasound ako the doctor said there was no heartbeat, it bolted my spirit. So yun,sinubukan ko pang ubusin yung vit.C na natitira tapos dong quai capsules. After 2 weeks sa follow up check up, after the 2nd ultrasound..well with no luck,it has a heartbeat.

Nanlambot ako nun,  I cant even smile when I delivered the news to my boyfriend.  He was so happy and I was hurting inside seeing him that happy.

By that time hindi ko na alam gagawin ko, something inside me wanted to keep it.  Maybe because of the look on my boyfriend’s face that I wasn’t able to see on my ex’s face when I told him I was pregnant.

But then the disappointed face of my father came in to my mind.

Wala na kong nagawa dati nung nabuntis at iniwan ako ng ex ko because I was really young and naive. But now that I know I could do something to make my future and my baby’s future better,  that’s when I made up my mind  to contact Sir John again If it still not too late for me to do the procedure.

He reassured me that with strict compliance to the whole procedure  everything will be ok.

I owe it all to Sir John and Sir Alex who has been there since day 1.

Reading the procedure was kind of intimidating but with Sir John’s guidance everything seemed so simple.

About the procedure well, I have a high tolerance of pain. I already gave birth,  delivered normal and I have tattoos so I didn’t have problem to the said effects after taking the pills. Sabi kasi sasakit yung puson na parang may dysmenorrhea ka pero mas masakit pa don. But based on my experience sa tingin ko depende sa tao yun.

Kasi kahit nung lumabas na pala yung placenta ko and other POC’s pakiramdam ko nangangalay lang yung balakang ko.

 I just had a hard time with the fasting tho. Hindi kasi ko sanay magutom lol  But of course I had to endure. If you’ll think about your goal to succeed and the reason why you’re doing this you’ll strictly follow every steps. At kailangan mo din ng lakas ng loob. Sabi nga ni sir John, toughen up.

When I saw the POC I almost passed out. I couldn’t even look at it and hell,  not even touch it. But I had to, I had to wash it and take photos of it and send to sir Alex for them to know kung successful ba or hindi.  With shaking hands, I  was crying while taking picture of “her”.

And then sabi ni Sir John, writing a reflection about what happened will help me to feel better because it will give therapeutic effect Kasi you will feel sad,  guilty and frustrated after the process dahil sa pagbabago ng pregnancy hormones mo or dahil sa mga gamot.

I know what I did was unforgivable, Im stressing over it right now. I am crying while writing this because I know I committed a crime. I vowed that I will never let myself be in this stressful situation again. Learned my mistakes and I will never do this ever again.

 I hope she and God will forgive me and someday she’ll understand why I did what I had to do.

I’m just thankful it has finally ended.  I am really thankful to Sir John and Sir Alex at sa  lahat ng bumubuo ng Project 486.

Even after the procedure and mine was a success, sir John’s still texting me,  asking if im okay, constantly monitoring me asking for updates hanggang sa healing process he will guide you and answer your questions.

To all the women in need, you won’t regret trusting these guys.

Trust them,  lakasan niyo loob niyo,  tapangan niyo lang.

Good luck!

– Jana, 21

Single Mom/BPO-CSR, Quezon City, Philippines


PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) in the  Philippines IV

PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) in the Philippines III

To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with Abortion Pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them  a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from Kat , a  24-year single-mom  from Misamis Oriental, Philippines.  

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Nang malaman kong 4 weeks na akung buntis sobra akung natakot. Bumalik ulit yung takot na naramdaman ko nung unang pagbubuntis ko sa panganay ko, apat na taon na ang lumipas. Sobrang disappointed ang pamilya ko sakin. Tinakwil ako ng ama ko sa subrang sama ng loob niya sakin. Nung mga panahon na yun graduating ako ng college kaya ganun nalang galit nila sa kin. Ilang taon din bago nila ako natanggap ulit. At ngayon mauulit nanaman ulit  ang problema ko noon, ang pinagkaibahan lang nabuntis ako ng bf ko noon at nagkahiwalay kami dahil di nagwork out ang relationship namin, at ang ngayun naman nabuntis ako ng di ko manlang kilala kung sino siya at kung taga saan siya in short one night stand. Ang saklap wala manlang  akong maipapakilalang ama ng aking dinadala at lalo na ayaw kung ulit magbigay ng kahihiyan sa pamilya ko. Napakahirap maging single mom , ang maging ina at ama sa anak mo. Kaya ganun nalang ako kadesidido na magpaabort kasi hindi ko naman siya kayang buhayin at ayaw ko na din magkaroon ng anak na wala manlang ako maipapakilalang ama. Labag man sa kalooban ko pero ito ang alam kong makakabuti sa lahat.

     Wala akong mapagsabihan ng problema ko na kahit sa mga kaibigan ko o katrabaho ko sa takot na kung makarating ito sa mga magulang ko at syempre takot din na mahusgahan ng ibang tao kaya tinago ko at sinarili nalang ang lahat ng bigat at depresyon. Bawat araw na lumilipas mas lalo akung kinakabahan at natatakot na baka mahalata ng mga katrabaho ko na buntis pala ako. Nagresearch ako sa internet ng mga iba’t ibang method ng pag aabort , nagbasa ng mga blogs ,forums ,pumasok sa ibat ibang site . Kinontak ko isa – isa bawat site na nakikita ko na nagbebenta ng gamot na pampaabort pero nagdadalawang isip pa rin akong bumili  baka scam lang at baka fake lang ibigay sakin.
     May nakita akong isang blog tungkol sa herbal method ng pagpapaabort, kinontact ko yung blogger ng site na yun pero sabi niya sakin di na daw kakayanin ng herbal method ang case ko kaya inirefer niya ako sa Project 486 . Sila daw din ang tumulong sa kaibigan niya na nascam sa medical abortion pills. Kaya naman agad akung nag email sa ibinigay na email address. Mabilis naman ang reply ng grupo , step by step lahat ng transaction. Mas lalo akong naging panatag ng makausap ko ang aking consultant  na si Sir John , napaka bait po niya . Lahat ng tanong ko sinasagot niya  kahit na ang kulit ko at madaming tanong.
    Hindi naging madali ang procedure kailangan ng disiplina sa pagkain, lakas ng loob sa pagsasagawa  ng procedure. Nung una natakot ako dahil mag isa lang ako sa bahay , inisip ko baka di ko kayanin o baka anung mangyari sakin habang ginagawa ko yun na walang ibang aalalay sakin  pero nilakasan ko nalang ang aking loob inisip ko na lang na para lang akong manganganak . Nang matapos ko ang procedure nakahinga na rin ako ng maluwag at natapos na din ang problema ko. Pero sa kabilang banda ay nalungkot ako sa pagkawala ng baby ko. Alam ko naging selfish ako na hindi ko siya binigyan ng chance mabuhay at ipaglaban pero ito ang napili kung desisyon . Sana kung nasaan man siya mapatawad niya ako balang araw kung magkita man kami alam ko maiintindihan niya ako kung bakit ko nagawa ito sa kanya. Nagkamali man ako pinagsisihan ko lahat iyon at hindi na uulit pa. Magsisilbing malaking aral itong nangyari sa akin.
    Salamat po sa lahat ng bumubuo ng Project 486 (project486.ca@gmail.com). Kung hindi po sa inyo hindi po masosolve ang problema ko, napakalaking tulong po ito sakin. Lalong lalo na kay Sir Alex sa mga impormasyon – emails at kay  Sir John na nandyan lagi na umalalay sakin sa procedure simula sa simula ng process. At sana po marami pa kayong matulongan na mga kababaihan na kagaya ko . Godbless!
– Kat /SingleMom
“Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you” – P. Dixon
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PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) in the Philippines III

PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) , Philippines II

To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with Abortion Pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from CE , a  30-year old career woman from Metro Manila , Philippines.  

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Dear Sir John and Sir Alex,

Sorry it took awhile for me to respond. I have been sick.

Here is my reflection:

 

It was a difficult decision for me to take the procedure. But I had to be rational about it especially given the circumstance that placed me in that situation in the first place.

The reason behind undertaking the procedure is critical because it will determine your level of commitment to complete the procedure. And having the commitment to proceed is very important for your own physical and emotional well-being. The procedure itself is not easy especially if you havent given birth before as in my case. When I read the procedure, I had many doubts about proceeding. But again, the reason behind the decision will either motivate or make you consider carrying the child instead.

Reading the procedure is intimidating. Maybe it would be easier to digest it if it was done in infographic. But I think it was written in such a way to minimize any mistakes, after all its your life and health on the line.

Its very important to have someone with you. This person will be your aid and emotional supporter which you will really need especially when you no longer can get-up and you are loosing blood. It is emotionally distressful, in my case, when I saw the POC, I was shocked and became very sad. It was very painful for me to look at it, more so, washing it to see if it is indeed the POC. It took awhile for me to emotionally recover from what I went through. This explains why it is important that you have someone with you to be able to comfort and listen to whatever negative feelings you have. It is not physically and emotionally easy and having a good friend with you will make it bearable. I also think the constant ‘presence’ of the health practitioner while you are going through everything is a big help. It reassures you that you are doing just fine- not just any ordinary person but someone with knowledge and authority. This reassurance is important to remove any doubt you have and they will provide that for you as well as the emotional rationality you will need.

I hope Sir John and the rest of the Project486  (project486.ca@gmail.com)  will be able to help other women in need. What they do is something I will always be grateful for.

— CE, Metro Manila, Philippines

 

“Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you” – P. Dixon