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Lodi bat attack victim is back home

Chronic headaches is one of the consequences Jackie PIckett has to live with after police say a teenager beat her with a bat, leaving her unconscious.

The obvious question after the attack was, "Why?" But Jackie just wants to pick it up from here.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Jackie said. “I'm so excited for life.”

She doesn't know her suspected attacker, 17-year-old Dulce Rios who is being charged as an adult. Rios is being examined to determine if she's mentally stable for a trial.

Jackie says she holds “no anger or hostility towards anyone,” including the suspect.

She was attacked when she was walking her dogs in Beckman Park in Lodi. Although she doesn’t remember the moments before or after the beating, she has been told if it wasn’t for a man who called police, maybe she wouldn’t be alive today.

“I haven't had an opportunity to meet him yet but I definitely plan on it,” Jackie said.

It's one of the many things on her to do list. She hopes to go back to school and study kinesiology but that won't be until a year from now if she manages to recover in time.

One thing she has going for her is her attitude.

“The only time I'm bummed out is when I'm in pain,” Jackie said. “But besides that I feel great all the time.”

A GoFundMe page that has raised $40,000, which will go towards helping pay for her medical expenses.

“I'm beyond thankful for all the monetary support,” Jackie said. “It's a great help for my family.”