You were once a zygote.
The moment that you were conceived, spermatozoon fertilizing ovum, the genetic foundation that identifies you as you was established. You were living life while smaller than the period in this sentence, and you began to grow.
You were once an embryo.
Your body sought connection to nourishment through implantation into your mother’s uterine lining. Your heartbeat began to beat when you were smaller than a sesame seed and your brainwaves began to wave. You continued to grow.
You were once a fetus.
Growing and developing, sleeping and waking, feeling and moving, kicking and swallowing, seeing and hearing, dreaming and learning — you were living and growing in a safe environment that you needed to survive, grow, and thrive.
You were once a neonate.
You weren’t any different the day that you were born than you were the day before you were born. Your environment changed, but your needs for a safe environment in order to continue growing and thriving did not.
You are you. You have been you from the beginning.
May no one ever deny your humanity or try to willfully and intentionally stop the beating of your heart, no matter what. You are worthy of life. The One who knew you before your conception is glad that you are here.
I was conceived with a genetic flaw. Although my body can’t do all of the things that we think a human body should do, I know that I am fully human, that I have been from conception. As I’m writing this post, people from all over the United States are preparing to gather in Washington DC for the 47th annual March for Life, standing up for the rights of the unborn, urging and encouraging respect for humans in the earliest stages of their development. Standing up for you. I cannot march for your life, but I can love your life and celebrate your life with the little gifts that I have. May you always know that you are divinely loved, that your life, no matter how difficult it may be, has meaning and purpose. May you always remember that it’s good that you are here.
© 2020 Christina Chase
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Although crippled by disease, I am fully alive in love. I write about the profound wonder and terrible beauty of life while living with physical disability and severe dependency. Unafraid to ask life's big questions, I was briefly an atheist and considered other religions before finding, in God's choice to intimately share our humanity, what it truly means to be fully human. A revert to the Catholic Faith, I blog weekly and have written a book called It's Good to Be Here.