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Photos by Lindsey Boice “I break down and cry when I read my book. It will help others get through a hard time,” Abraham says. “I kept a copy for Sophia. I hope she does not put herself in the situation where she becomes a teen parent. I don’t want that for her.” Abraham is also a spokeswoman for an online dating site, She says she likes the site because it provides a dating counselor for clients and Abraham is happy to be one of them. Though she’s currently single, she insists she’s not looking for love. “I’m so focused on others who want to date,” she says. “And obviously I would rather be at home with Sophia. I’m sure there will be romance for me in the future.” Abraham has also taken on the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of mothers and babies throughout the country. She’s help- ing the foundation raise money to educate parents about healthy babies and birth defects and recently participated in a walk for the March of Dimes in Miami. When she’s not volunteering, working or studying, Abraham loves to venture out and enjoy all South Florida has to offer. beach often, as well as Founders Park. Don’t be surprised if you see them at Whole Foods, Target or the Aventura Mall. She’s even made it to Boca Raton for a recent casual date night and says she plans to explore Palm Beach County once she has more time. Though, her schedule is quite full at the moment. She’s in just a few short years. When her friends were getting driver’s licenses and preparing for college, Abraham was learning how to change diapers. She never intended to be a parent and had never even held a baby until Sophia was born. Those early days were blurry and long and sometimes sad for Abraham “The show has definitely helped me. I’m a way happier person. But I’m ready to say, ‘See you guys later!’” She first moved to Hollywood in May 2011 and then to Aventura, where she now lives along the Intracoastal and is thrilled to wake up to breathtaking water views each morning. Sophia is in preschool so Abraham tries to squeeze in work and studying during that time because she doesn’t have a babysitter, nor does she have family locally to help care for her daughter. She and Sophia visit the so busy that she rarely gets a moment to sit down and soak in how far she’s come as she struggled on TV with her identity and her quick leap into adulthood. But finally, Abraham is starting to figure life out. She’s now an ambitious young woman striving for a better life, and says she’s making plans to ensure that her and her daughter will be happy for a very long time. And she’s making that happen right here in South Florida. O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2 73

Boca Raton Observer Summer 2012

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