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For our next surprise, we headed to Minnesota to meet Rachel. Since Rachel was a child, she's kept her dream and her teeth hidden away. She says she's been living with embarrassment and shame for years.

"I have always hated my teeth and what they look like," she says. "Some people might not even know my teeth are so bad because I've covered them up so much. If it's a big laugh, [I] always hide it."

Today, Rachel keeps busy as a stay-at-home mom to her four children, including 3-year-old Jacob, who has autism. She says her teeth have gotten so bad because she's always put the needs of her family before her own.

"When it comes to children or teeth, it's always going to be children," Rachel says. "Mom can wait. ... But secretly, it's a big deal. It's hard enough being a mom with four little kids, a son with autism, and then you've got to look in the mirror and go, 'I'm not happy.' ... I feel like I've got life in me, but it doesn't come out because of my teeth."

Well, surprise! Oprah wants to put you on the top of the list today! Rachel is headed to New York City for a smile makeover!
FROM: The Wildest Dreams Bus Hits New York
Published on May 10, 2005


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