MIDLAND, Texas—When 18-month-old Jessica McClure fell into a well in her aunt’s backyard in 1987, many feared for her well-being, wondering not only how she would recover physically from the incident, but how she could go to live a normal life as a well-known former child celebrity.

But McClure persevered, becoming a well-regarded community leader. Now 30, she wants to reassure the world that she had a happy childhood and grew into a well-adjusted adult.

“It was lonely for the first few years. I felt isolated at times. Nights were hard, at first, because I was afraid of the dark,” she admits. “But I learned valuable life skills, and today I am a well-rounded person and proud to call myself a survivor.”


“In solitude, I have discovered that reality is a product of my own mind. I don’t call myself ‘alone’ or ‘lonely’. I am well-aware of the woman I have become: independent, resourceful, and self-sufficient.”


She had hoped to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, but as in previous years, accepted the disappointment with her well-mannered good cheer.

“I still hold the record for the longest dogpaddle, and with all the new sports now being recognized by the IOC, I still see hope ahead for me and my event.”


McClure, always eager to make the best of her situation, found the hard stone and 22-foot depth well-suited as an echo chamber for vocals. She regrets being unable to tour, but still loves to entertain passers-by.

“Though it’s not in vogue, I am especially well-versed in Gregorian Chant.”

After spending a day in Jessica’s shadow, we are delighted to report that her reputation for kindness and positivity, is well-deserved.

By Sebastian Panache

Editor-in-Chief. Follow him on Twitter @SebPanache. Or don’t. It’s okay, really.

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