WASHINGTON, DC–

Against all odds, 17-year-old Lauren is alive and well today. Lauren’s mother had an abortion yet the procedure failed, allowing Lauren to survive.

Raised by a loving adoptive family, Lauren thrives today despite suffering from medical complications due to the attempt on her life. This week, she shared her awe-inspiring story with Life News:

I’m 17-years-old and I’ve never been more thankful for my life. I’m a survivor!

When my birthmom was pregnant with me, she realized that she was not able to care for a 6th child. She was single, her fiancé left her after hearing about her pregnancy, and she had no money or home.

She thought that abortion was the only option.

She ran to her sister who tried to talk her out of abortion, but with everything else going on in her life, she (my birthmother) thought an abortion is what had to happen.

I shouldn’t have survived the saline abortion, but I did!

God was with me from the very beginning!

His love is so powerful, and his plan is so much bigger than we could ever imagine!

After hearing the abortion had failed, my birthmother continued with the pregnancy and eventually placed me for adoption. I was planned to be adopted right at birth, but because of the abortion attempt, and my premature birth at 32 weeks (weighing 4 lbs. 3 oz), I was cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit before I went home to my parents.

I’ve grown up with hypoglycemia, ADD, dyslexia and fainting spells. I was slow to grow and develop like other children my age.

The first miracle I can remember happening in my life, besides the abortion failing, of course, occurred one day in my church’s youth group. We were going around the room reading chapters in the Bible, and I always used to ask my youth pastor to skip me because of how poorly I was able to read. At this point, I was a freshman in high school and I had never read out loud for other people. Even the thought of reading out loud seemed impossible. But one day, while going around the circle, my youth pastor encouraged me to give reading a try. The verses I had to read were (Romans 8:10-13 NIV). I read through those verses like a champ! It was all God’s power completely healing me! I read all of it with no stutter and no trouble at all! It was totally amazing and I couldn’t believe what had happened. Those were the very first words I had ever read out loud and I couldn’t be happier.

Ever since I’ve started youth group, and attending church as a high school freshman, I’ve learned we can have a relationship with the creator of the universe, and He heals! And I’ve been so blessed with people there to help me through anything. I’ve made the best friends of my life at my church, they’re the family that accepted me when I felt so abandoned by my biological family. Even though I once felt abandoned by them, I do still keep in contact with my birth mom, and some of my siblings.

I am so grateful for every single miracle as well as obstacle that has been placed in my life. It was God’s plan all along. I still have a long journey ahead, but I can do anything now, I’m totally and completely unstoppable knowing God is always by my side.

When not writing, Sierra can be found conducting experiments in the chemistry lab or whipping up delectable creations in her kitchen. With a passion for storytelling, Sierra puts her natural curiosity to use investigating enlightening angles for news and events here at The Oregon Optimist.