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Jaycee Dugard Speaks About Freedom from Phillip Garrido

Jill Belsley/ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Now free, Jaycee Dugard revels in the simplest of freedoms after spending 18 years being held captive by Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

"Now I can walk in the next room and see my mom," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. "Wow. I can decide to jump in the car and go to the beach with the girls. Wow, it's unbelievable, truly."

Dugard chose to tell her story in a new memoir A Stolen Life and in an intimate conversation with Sawyer.

Dugard, now 31, lives a life no longer dictated by the manipulation and control of her kidnappers. She now lives with her mom and two daughters. The simple things, to her, are now remarkable. Like saying her own name, which Garrido had forbidden her to speak or even write.

Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years in prison in June. Nancy Garrido is serving a sentence of 36 years to life in prison.

Terry Probyn, Dugard's mother, told ABC News "I knew she was out there somewhere…I held onto her and didn't let go. I couldn't let go. And my heart got ripped out and that huge hole couldn't be filled by anyone but her. I just hung on."

Now, Dugard is sharing the secrets she harbored for decades, including what happened the day she was kidnapped.

Dugard was kidnapped by the Garrido couple while walking to her Tahoe, Calif., school in June of 1991. She was just 11 years old.

Now, she's a survivor and mom who has endured the cruelty of a man that kidnapped, handcuffed, raped and imprisoned her in a backyard compound. Dugard gave birth to two girls while held captive in the backyard.

The sounds of the locking doors at the compound still haunt her and she can still remember the day her life changed forever.  On June 10, 1991, as Dugard left her home wearing all-pink and a kitty shirt, and thinking about her mom -- who was running late that morning and didn't kiss her goodbye -- she was taken.

Garrido used a stun gun to shock Dugard. She tried to scoot into the bushes.

The last thing she remembers touching was something sticky. After she and her daughters were freed and reunited with her family in 2009, Dugard began asking people to bring her pine cones, not realizing that it was the same sticky thing she clung to trying to maintain her freedom.

"Back then [the pine cone] was the last thing I touched. You know, the last grip on me. Now, it's -- it's a symbol of hope and new beginnings. And that -- there is life after something tragic," Dugard said.

Dugard wears around her neck a small symbol of a pine cone to symbolize her new life and the hope she held onto during her imprisonment. Dugard said that during her ordeal, she constantly thought of her mother and hoped to see her again one day.

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