Peter J. Kizilos
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" ... her memoir is an inspirational chronicle of personal tragedy surmounted by raw courage"
/"Jackie's message of faith and forgiveness is timeless. Miles to Go Before I Sleep reminds us that tragedy and suffering always contain the seeds of new growth and learning."
Though Jackie can only see parts of words and the corners of people's faces, and has struggled in the past to cope with a severe learning disability and epileptic seizures, she is able to help people create and sustain a meaningful vision for their lives. She knows they can achieve, no matter what obstacles they face.
Miles to Go Before I Sleep
is more than a hijacking story. It contains a message about weathering adversity, about going for dreams and goals and about not giving up. Though we are powerless over many of the forces that shape our lives, Jackie believes we have power over our responses and power in the choices we make.
Jackie's healing journey began when she realized she had two options. She could slip into self-pity and blame, and see herself as a victim for the rest of her life; or she could reclaim her life and dreams despite the slow, painful years it would take to recover. In her book, Jackie shares her story and the lessons she learned during her recovery and
"Be good to yourself. Take care of yourself. Be true to yourself, and above all - love yourself. That's where it all begins".