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Responding to Linda's Comments

Jacqueline was surprised to hear some of the things Teresa's friend had to say about her.

Episode 3, here we go...

Nicholas is doing great and responding very well to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Therapy. (We call it the HBOT.) This treatment allows pressurized oxygen to get to places in the body that it normally wouldn't be able to go to. Oxygen is very healing. It helps to repair damaged cells. It reduces inflammation in the body. It is good for a long list of conditions, not just Autism. Using the HBOT, along with Nick’s taking his supplements, has really been an effective treatment for our son.

I go in the chamber with Nicholas for 2 hours every day. The HBOT also happens to be a great anti-aging treatment. It's great for your skin, so bonus for me! I personally notice I heal faster from the beauty treatments I've done. (Laser treatments, microderm abrasion, peels, tummy tuck, etc.) The HBOT is very popular in many spas and medical treatment facilities in Japan. It's been making it's way here into the USA and gaining popularity. A lot of athletes use it to increase lung capacity and heal their sports injuries. It's pretty amazing.

Nicholas and I really enjoy our time in there together. We play together or go on our iPads. There are also times when he has slept through the whole treatment. Sometimes, I do my tweeting from in there. LOL! It's our downtime and we both come out feeling great! We love it!We first used a chamber at one of Nicholas's doctor’s office, Dr. David Dornfeld at We saw an immediate increase in Nick's focus, concentration, and an increase in speech so we decided that we must get one for our home! I felt it would be more convenient, less time consuming, and cost effective if we owned one. I knew the whole family could benefit from it.

Keep in mind that what works for one child may not necessarily work for another. It was worth a try. Fortunately for us, we have definitely seen improvements with Nicholas using the HBOT. We still use it.

We got our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber from a great guy and dear friend of ours, Samir Patel from Oxyhealth. We were so grateful to have him come set it up at our house and give us a lesson on how to properly use it. I was surprised at how quick and simple it was to assemble and how easy it is to use. The chamber we have for Nicholas is called "Vitaeris 320." Watch this heartwarming clip about our dear friend Shannon, who has an amazing story about what Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy did for her daughter, Gracie.

You can see some of my video uploads of Nick in the HBOT if you search Jaclaurita on

You can learn more about the HBOT from a podcast that I did with my friends Samir and Shannon for Caroline on Just look for "Let Me Tell You Something" by Caroline Manzo.

Now I'll get to the juicy Housewives drama stuff that I know you all enjoy. Interact, analyze, gossip! I totally get it! Let me try to get back to that place when this episode was happening.When Caroline told me that Teresa expected an apology from me, it made me giggle at the suggestion of it. It was as if Teresa really felt like she didn't owe ME one. Caroline had also told me that Teresa blamed me for the demise of her family. That bothered me, because I knew there had been hard feelings between her and her family that were never truly resolved long before I ever came into the picture. I felt like Teresa still wasn't taking any accountability for anything that she had done to destroy our friendship or her relationship with her family. She was still shifting blame onto others. It was a reminder to me as to why I removed that toxicity from my life. It had been a long time since I thought of or spoke about Teresa. She had been out of sight, out of mind. It was a toxic period of my life that I had no desire to go back to. I had too many other important things to focus on. It was unfortunate the way our relationship fell apart, but I decided that I was not going to allow myself to put any more thought or energy into it. It was what it was.

My friendship with Teresa was over because I honestly didn't believe there would ever be a sincere effort on Teresa's part to forgive, forget, or move forward past all that was said and done. I pushed any thoughts of her to the back of my mind and did my best to forget about it.Happy Birthday to Gia! XOXO! It was sad to me not being around Teresa's kids to watch them grow up. I always thought I would be there for them and was looking forward to it. I would have been the aunt to tell Gia to shave her "grill" LOL!

When I said that Gia's party was the last place I'd want to be, I meant if I were Melissa. If I were Melissa, I probably would have bought Gia a gift and taken her out for dinner and cake to celebrate instead. I felt like Melissa was walking into the lion’s den, because I knew a lot of people that would be at the party had ill feelings toward her, including Teresa. At least there was an effort on both parts to try to bring the kids together. Melissa told me that Linda had pulled her aside when Teresa wasn't around to tell her how proud she was of her for coming and that it took a lot of guts. I agree. I know Teresa was disappointed that her brother wasn't there. You can tell there is still love between them. I also think, at this point in time, they were both still disappointed in each other and needed to sort that out. Their next meeting will come soon…

I do remember Melissa saying her throat was hurting during the time Teresa's Father went into the hospital and Joe had pneumonia. I do remember Melissa worrying about passing that on to her Father-on-Law. I know that Melissa did go to the hospital, because I remember seeing a picture of Antonia with her Grandfather when I asked how he was doing. I have no idea when she went, but at least she went. Especially given the awkwardness between them during this time.

Let's talk about the gym fiasco, because that whole thing sounded so ridiculous to me. You'll have to pardon me, because I had no idea there was a stake claimed on one side of the sand box and that I wasn't allowed to cross the line into the other territory or someone would tell on me. Honestly, I had absolutely no motives for going to the gym other than I wanted to meet the girls for a smoothie, catch up, and practice driving on highways (fear of mine). I was invited by Melissa and it fit into my schedule. End of story.

Melissa wanted me to start getting my "sexy" back by first getting me to work out more often. The smoothie and girl chat seemed much more appealing to me than the work out. I don't like squeezing my ass in front of people while I work out. I prefer my privacy when I work out. Last, I knew Teresa worked out at that gym at 6:00 in the morning. I went there after dropping my kids off at school, much later than I remembered Teresa ever going. In the scene with her and Kim, I even heard Teresa say to Kim that she had already worked out that day. I never thought for a second I would run into her there. Even if I did, I wouldn't have cared. At this point in time, she was just somebody that I used to know. As you could see, we were clearly there at separate times. In my opinion, Teresa's friend, Linda, instigated a problem when there clearly wasn't one to begin with. Teresa called it "her" gym as if she owned it. I thought it was so presumptuous of her to think I went there specifically to stalk her. It just sounded ridiculous to me. I wasn't looking to fight with her, and I wasn't looking to rekindle a friendship either. At that point in time, I wasn't worried at all about Teresa's whereabouts or would even consider planning my schedule around her. I was on my own schedule. We both still shopped and ate at some of the same places. We both continued to go to the same doctor for our cosmetic procedures. Eventually, our paths would cross.

I was really surprised by Teresa's "friend" Linda's comments about my "fat ass" not being at the gym for the last however many months she documented me not going. Especially when I ran into Linda soon before that and she was soooo friendly with me to my face and told me how great I looked. I know she's probably going to read this so...this is for her: Linda, so sorry my "ass" isn't to your liking, (Chris loves it), but I've been kinda busy the last few months doing research and trying to recover my child, raising Autism awareness, starting a new business, keeping up with my house, while still focusing on my family and friends. I wasn't putting the gym at the top of my priority list. (I put it above bleaching my asshole, but below everything else I had going on.) I have a busy life. But hey, having a fit body CLEARLY isn't a gauge of how good of a person you are. Seeing as though some of your best friends are actually bigger in size than I am, I hope you didn't offend them by making them wonder if you judge them and what you say behind their backs, as they saw you do to me. You told me you liked me and that you had nothing bad to say about me when talking to me, but your attitude about me seemed to change when speaking to Teresa. You may be strong, but you're obviously not strong enough to be your own person. Fall back, soldier! Try working on your heart muscle. It will make you much more appealing.Teresa commented about how you don't know the "real" me. I'm not sure where she was going with that comment. I think I have been very consistent in showing viewers who I am since day one. I have always organically reacted, good and bad, to every situation that I have been put in, good and bad.

I have been very open and honest about my life for the viewers. I've showed you all the good and bad, happy, sad, and mad. I have no control on what aspects of my daily life you see. If you would like to learn more little tidbits about me, go to under my "About Me" section. Maybe there will be things about me on there that you don't know already. I'm honest, I'm goofy, I'm caring towards others. I like everyone to get along. I'm emotional at times. Impulsive on Twitter at times (LOL), I'm feisty when challenged. I can hold my own. I'm stubborn at times. I tend to analyze and sometimes even over analyze every situation. I'm a fair person. I'm down to earth. I love my family and being a wife and a mother. I could go on and on, but you get my point. We ALL have different sides to us, depending on the situation we are put in. I'm OK with you seeing my struggles and my faults, because I know that you all have them too. I think it's thoughtful that Caroline is trying to put their family back together again. She knows very well that it takes both sides, SINCERELY wanting a relationship at the SAME time, to make it work. It seems like Caroline sees hope for their family and is trying to get them to see it too. I'd love to see their family, as well as our own, come together again as a whole. I just don't have the energy anymore to fight for it. I'm fighting a different fight. If both sides want it bad enough, it will happen, but like I said, relationships take work on both sides and you need to get to the core of the problem.

Stay tuned and buckle up! You are in for a bumpy ride. There's a long windy road ahead of us before we get to our destination. Follow our journey.

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Best wishes to all! XOXO!

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Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt. 

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