You said that in retrospect, you were looking for love in all the wrong places. Did all your relationships go up in flames?
I had a boyfriend, “Leon”, whom I knew from church. He was an angelic goody two-shoes; in the eyes of others he could do no wrong. I was, on the other hand, the devil, and whenever a problem arose, it must have been my fault. I guess that’s why I tried to find someone with not-so-great qualities, so that in comparison I was “better” than he. It’s a very warped thought pattern.
And Boon entered the picture.
“Boon” was from a middle-income family; his father was a high-ranking civil servant. He, however, was a rebellious lad. Smoking, drinking, playing truant, he did it all. It taught me that you could never judge a book by its cover. In me there stirred an epiphany that I didn’t have to accept that façade of perfection anymore. Being with Boon made me feel better about myself. Next to him, I was now the angel. He said “I love you” to me, and with those three words I was his, completely.
Take us through your state of mind leading up to the moment you realised you were pregnant.
I had done well enough to enrol into a junior college, and I was attending church. But there was a gnawing feeling that something was wrong: I had missed my period for four months. One day, I finally mustered up the courage to see a doctor and he confirmed that I was pregnant. Looking at the ultrasound scan was an out-of-body experience — it was as if I was looking at someone else’s! I was in disbelief, completely devastated, and at a loss. In my mind there was only one clear option: I couldn’t keep the baby.
The young doctor was kind and sympathetic, and I could tell he was so reluctant to, but ethically he had to acquiesce to my request. He wrote me a referral letter and I was to go to Mount Elizabeth for my abortion.