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It's kind of tragic to think what reality television can do to a friendship.  Think back to a long, long (longlonglonglonglong) time ago when Real Housewives of New Jersey's Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice were friends.  It seems like it was a different century! 

Now, the women bring out the worst in each other (how cringe-worthy was it last week when Jacq was screeching on the phone in the middle of that boutique?), and the claws come out both on the show and on social media.  

This week in her Bravo blog, Jacqueline addresses why she didn't check herself into that insane asylum go on that retreat and responds to Joe Guidice's comments about autism not being a bad disease since some sufferers end up being scientists.  That Joe–he's got a way with words, doesn't he? 

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Of not accepting Teresa's friendly invitation double dog dare to attend the retreat, Jacqueline explains, "I felt like I had enough on my plate without adding a pile of nonsense to it. That last phone call with Teresa was a reminder of how she brings out the worst in me. I didn't need extra stress in my life. My focus needed to be on my own family and their needs."

She adds, "Right after the nasty phone call with Teresa, I was so annoyed that I let her get me upset again. I decided to tweet: 'When you argue with a moron, you become a moron. You have to rise above and remember who and what is really important in life. Some things don't matter. Let it go.' My tweet wasn't directed at Teresa, but, it was most definitely inspired by her and her people that were hate tweeting me.  It was a reminder for me not to let Teresa get to me anymore, to stop reacting to her ridiculous accusations, and to keep my focus on more important things that matter in my life…"

As for being called out by Tre, Jacq admits, "As far as Teresa's comment about my having time to tweet, when your child is in school and therapy 9 hours a day, there's time to tweet…among other things. Just pointing that out."

Moving on to her struggles with son Nicholas, Jacqueline shares, "It's hard to explain to people what it's like to raise a child with special needs. The Autism spectrum is so wide that everyone has their own unique struggles, some more, some less than others. One thing for sure is that we all face our joys, our challenges, and some heartache every single day."

She continues, "My response to what Joe Giudice said about Autism is simply this: Autism is a developmental disorder that requires a LOT of extra time and special attention that sometimes parents of typical kids find it hard to understand. Google it."

The reality star ends her blog on a positive note, concluding, "It is true that many children on the Autism spectrum are geniuses and become talented artists, musicians, and other great professionals at the top of their fields. I think it's because many have amazing memories and can keep an extreme focus for long periods of time on things they are passionate about. Kids on the spectrum need to be given the right early interventions and tools for learning, structure, consistency, attention, love, patience, communication, and socialization skills, special diets and supplements among many other things in order to progress and thrive. It takes a lot of love, patience, understanding, and perseverance to guide them. Raising a special needs child is not an easy task, but it is very rewarding. I am very proud of Nicholas, as well as I am with all of my children. They are truly a blessing."

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