Despite reports from family and friends that Teresa Giudice has adjusted well to life in prison, the changes have been understandably difficult for the Real Housewives of New Jersey star and quite the departure from the lavish lifestyle she left behind.
Teresa’s lawyer, James J. Leonard, Jr., reveals to Us Weekly that she is taking time to detail her experiences and plans to release a memoir based on her writings. ”It’s going to be about growing up from humble beginnings,” he says. “She will also tell the story everyone is dying to know: what life is like behind bars.”
Both her husband Joe and Leonard, Jr. have given updates about Teresa’s day-to-day life before, detailing the time she spends in the gym and the kitchen. But in new excerpts released from her diary, Teresa paints a bleaker picture of her time spent in the Danbury, Conn. facility.
Here some of the things she's recorded in her journal since she's been in prison:
January 26, Day 21
I went to lunch at 10:20. I had tater tots, a soy burger that was so gross and orange! I also had some potato salad. They feed us so much here. I’m going to have potatoes coming out of my ears pretty soon!
February 1, Day 27
Great Mass. I enjoy [going to church], it makes me feel good after I go and during. I feel like God is really present there with me.
There is a lady in here, she hit her roommate. The officers are up here now to evaluate the situation. She is a crazy lady who fights with everyone.
March 16, Day 70
I got an email from Gia. She got an award for perseverance. I started crying at the computer. I was so happy for her, and saying to myself, “That is my daughter.”
Her oldest daughter, Gia, (who just graduated middle school!) spoke out in April about her communication with her mom. “She’s my best friend, so I tell her all the drama that she missed in my school,” she said at the time. Aside from communicating with her family, Teresa has also been trying to keep in touch with fans via Twitter (with a little help from Gia). “Thank you for your outpouring of support and for standing by me through this most difficult time,” she wrote last month. “Love love love you all!”
Teresa has five months left in her sentence. In late December she’ll be released to home confinement and will finish out her sentence in early February.