by Jaycee Dugard
Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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In the summer of 1991, I was a normal kid.I’ve done normal things.I had friends and a mother who loved me.I was just like you.Until the day my life was stolenFor eighteen years, I was a prisoner.I have been an object for someone of use and abuseFor eighteen years, I was not allowed to speak on my own behalf.I became a mom, and was forced to be a sister.For eighteen years, I survived an impossible situation.On August 26,2009, I took my name back.My name is Jaycee Lee DugardI don’t think that of myself as a victimI survived”A Stolen Life” is my story-in my own words, in my own way, just as I remember it.The pine cone is a symbol that represents the seed of a new beginning for meTo help facilitate new beginnings, with the support of animal-assisted therapy, the Foundation’s J A O C provides support and services for the timely treatment of families of recovery from the abduction and subsequent traumatic experiences–families like mine who need to learn to heal themselves.In addition, the J A O C of the Hope Foundation to help raise awareness in schools about the important need to care for each other.Our motto is “Just Ask YourselfCaregiving”A portion of my money from this memorial will be donated to the J A O C de Fondation Inc.wwwthejaycfoundationorg
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