Small town stigma yep, I lived in it for 11 yrs myself. Im not sure what's worse hiding away and having people know and talking behind your back or just trying to blend in the best we can and let the town find something new to talk about. For me Ive found even my own family has a hard time understanding how much less would strangers. Even others that are bp often keep it a secret due to the same problems. It seems only in the big city do we get lost in the hustle and bustle of things, then again I could be
way wrong. Wow pregnant at 16, it seems so common now a days then
I guess it wasnt that uncommon in my day as I got pregnant at 17.
With age comes wisdom so not everyone is looking down on you, many have been in your shoes. I learned there's nothing anyone can do these days that someone didnt do when I was in my youth.
Life is about learning, the more life experiences you have the more you learn.
When you become older you'll look at the youth and say some learn by experience some learn by others experience but it doesnt make anyone better than another.
I used to regret my past as a youth, but Ive learned it has a lot of value just as it is. Some of it was pretty fun too. lol
Hang in there there come a time when you look back and find your past a usedful tool, even if it's to help others. take care, Sue