“Families are like snowflakes: they come in many shapes and sizes and no two are the same. And like a snowflake, they are very delicate and must be protected and guarded from the elements that threaten to destroy their precarious balance. When two or more snowflakes merge, they strengthen their chances of surviving in an ever-changing world. Unlike snowflakes, given the right tools, families can survive through the worst conditions.”
— “A Stolen Life“, Jaycee Dugard (p. 267). Simon & Schuster. New York: New York, 2011.
“A Stolen Life” is Jaycee Dugard’s moving account of being kidnapped at age 11, and being forced to live as a slave to a deranged child molester, she also had to emotionally support his wife. Despite her tremendous ordeal, Jaycee managed to survive by holding onto scraps of love, remembered from her previous life, and fought to incorporate a little bit of hope in each day. I applaud Jaycee’s strength and courage to survive, and raise 2 precious children in this harsh environment. I was touched by Jaycee’s ability to raise children when she herself was just a child (and a victim of rape) when they were born, she worked hard to give them as normal a life as possible, to shower them with love and even to home school them.
Jaycee is an inspiration–as an advocated and a mom. She has created a whole new life for herself, and has really matured into an amazing woman. Jaycee started a foundation to provide services and support to help families recovering from abduction and trauma.
Please visit the JAYC Foundation, Inc: www.thejaycfoundation.org