“You’re becoming part of a common female experience. You’re joining your mothers and grandmothers and people you’re not related to throughout the decades who have done what was important to stay healthy. Enjoy the fact that your body is complex and exciting and really interesting. Take care of it and be safe with it, but really celebrate the fact that you’re alive and have a healthy body even if your level of health is not perfect. Dig it. Before you’re done.”
Have a story to tell?
Some people don’t understand everything that Planned Parenthood does—from providing health care and education to advocating for reproductive rights. But you aren’t some people. You know how important Planned Parenthood is and you have a story to tell.
“That was one of the first situations where people treated me like an adult and were thankful for my contributions. When the president of the local affiliate approached me and thanked me for my work at my school, it was one of the first times that I felt like I was doing something important.”
“I fell in love with Planned Parenthood at the tender age of 16. I was a girl who was too shy to talk to her parents about birth control and too afraid to ask her childhood doctor what her birth control options were. I remember thinking, ‘This is not what I expected.’ The staff was so warm and welcoming and answered all the crazy detailed questions I had.”