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The Royal Baby Buzz

Sixteen year old guest blogger Sara from Woodinville, WA is back! Look for her weekly blog posts that will examine a current event from a teen perspective and connect to resources on WashingTeenHelp.org.

While the whole world is happy for Kate Middleton, the reality for the rest of us is that having a baby is not a swirl of living in romantic castles, being married to a prince and styled in designer pregnancy couture.  The reality is that babies are hard work– even more so if you are not  in a financially and emotionally stable place in life.  I know that  I’m not ready to have a baby yet and that’s okay.

That is why I was interested in another announcement which was made recently but not with quite as much fanfare as the royal birth.  The announcement was about Plan B, the emergency contraceptive.  It used to be available over the counter to those 17 or older (16 or younger with a prescription). Now it is available to everybody “over-the-counter” like most allergy or cold medicine. Asking a pharmacist for anything can be awkward, even if it is “what brand of cough drops help best soothe a throat?”  I always think they are judging me. I know they are there to help, but I’d just rather get what I need and get on with my life.  At an average of $50, the Plan B cost is hefty enough so that Emergency Contraception will not be relied upon as a regular form of birth control. I have learned that Plan B is not an abortion pill. It is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy. Therefore, it is a preventative measure to something that could turn one’s life in an unintended direction.

Dear people reading this, I remind you, we are not the Duchess of Cambridge and having a baby is not our entry ticket into a fairy tale. We all have bright futures and have opportunities to write our own stories.  I am just saying…know your options.

Tags: Emergency Contraception   Kate Middleton   Plan B   Royal Baby   WashingTeenHelp.org   

Teen Reflections on the Loss of Glee Star

Sixteen year old guest blogger Sara from Woodinville, WA shares her thoughts in the wake of Glee star, Cory Monteith’s death.

Like many teenage fans of “Glee” I was shocked when I heard the news about the death of Cory Monteith. Somebody who had it all, and was so successful! I can’t even imagine the kind of stress he might have encountered that would cause him to abuse drugs and alcohol, eventually resulting in his death.

At the heart of Cory’s struggles were unresolved emotional issues.  Was he turning to drugs to escape from pressure?  Was it issues with family or friends or some unexplained emotional issue that was masked by a seemingly perfect life?  He had a great job on a hit television show and a beautiful girlfriend.  But, were things perfect?  Is there really such a thing as a perfect life? What makes people snap and make bad choices?  Why would someone take risks by using drugs that they know could kill them?  Why would they risk losing everything for a quick high?  Do they not feel worthy of their success or what they have achieved?

There is an expression: “To whom much is given; much is expected.”  Is that true?  Are we then creating more pressure on ourselves to succeed and do more when we are given more?  Does this create false promises, hopes and dreams?

I guess we will never know the reason why people do what they do and the deeper questions surrounding Cory’s death will remain unanswered.  The one thing we do know is that the people they leave behind mourn their loss as they struggle to find the answers.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse you can visit the WithinReach Resource Finder for substance abuse help lines, support groups and parent resources to prevent drug and alcohol use in children and teens.

Tags: Cory Monteith   Drug Abuse   Glee   Substance Abuse   Teen   

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