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Without you I never would have pushed as hard as I did to believe that I could make a life possible.

Without you I never would have had the courage to face the un-faceable and to fight the unimaginable.

No matter what I may go on to do in life you will always remain my most magnificent and most awesome creation.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


A special shout out and heartfelt thank you to my biological family; first and foremost to my Big Brother Al-Mighty Spencer Jones; to my Aunt Barbara Johnson A.K.A. “Queen Bee”; to my Aunt Linda for remembering; to my Uncle Richard Jackson for allowing me to crash on his couch in virtual peace while I completed this book; to my brother Jason Graddy and his wife Angel and their beautiful sons whom I love dearly and need to call more often (I will; I promise!)


I want to thank my biological father Spencer Graddy for creating me; my foster Daddy Big Jessie T for taking me into his home and raising me to the best of his ability I know you loved me Daddy and I loved you more than words can express. I miss you every day.


To my only Grand-Ma Ethyl Hill, RIP Granny and thank you for teaching me everything I needed to know at bend of your knee, “I use my words to fight” just like you told me I should.


A special thank you to Sandy Jones, who is hands down the BEST bestest friend a girl could ever have. Thank you for being at my side during my insane journey. Here’s to our fabulous former life.

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