In February 2005, Oprah faced her fear—after 51 years of being a clip-on girl, Oprah finally got her ears pierced . Now the plastic surgeon who performed Oprah's procedure, Dr. Pollard, is back to pierce two late-blooming ladies who were inspired by Oprah's bravery, 56-year-old Maryann (right) and 31-year-old Dimetria (left).
Maryann and Dimetria

Neither woman flinches when Dr. Pollard pulls the trigger on the piercing gun, and Dimetria reports she didn't feel a thing. "You know what?" Oprah jokes. "I think you got a different gun [than I did]."

Oprah reminds Maryann and Dimetria to follow the doctor's directions and leave their earrings in to avoid infection. "These are Oprah earrings," jokes Dimetria, "so I might not take them out ever!"

Chantel, an all-American 17-year-old girl addicted to crystal meth, was the subject of an Oprah Winfrey Show first —her heartsick mother and sister appeared on the show to stage an intervention. Debra Jay, an addiction specialist, was here to help convince Chantel to check into rehab.

Chantel agreed and a car took her straight to the airport from the show. Addiction counselors Janice Styers and David Rosenker were assigned the challenging task of getting Chantel from our studio to a treatment facility on the other side of the country. Chantel changed her mind after only minutes on the road. "Turn the car around," she demanded. "I hate you guys! I hate this!"

But Chantel made it on the plane and reluctantly checked into the nationally renowned Caron Foundation, a drug treatment facility in Pennsylvania.

Chantel joins us via satellite after more than 20 days in rehab. Chantel says it's been hard, but she's learning how to get past her cravings for crystal meth and learn how to deal with her emotions without drugs.

Chantel says at first she was angry with her mom and sister, but she now realizes they were just trying to help her. She's written a letter to her family:

"When the time is right and I feel recovered, I want to start our relationship over," Chantel reads. "… Thank you for not giving up on me. I won't let you down again."
Penni and Kourtnie, Chantel's mom and sister

"I love you, too, Chantel," says Penni (left), Chantel's mom. "I really, really want to believe you."

Oprah: Do you not believe her?

Penni: I've heard it all before. I can't take the pain anymore.

Kourtnie (right), Chantel's sister, says she feels the same way. "She's told me many times she was going to change. So I kind of feel like I don't know if it's the truth right now."

"I've lied to them so many times before," Chantel says. "I know that they don't believe me right now. And I have to prove to them that I mean it this time. … But it's going to take a while for them to trust me and I know I'm not fully recovered. I've only been here for two weeks. But it's a start and it's going to take a long finish."

And instead of seeing death in her future, Chantel now looks forward to going to college and becoming a drug and alcohol counselor.

Did Chantel stay clean? She returns for an emotional update.
Trevor and Trina

Trina and Trevor had marital problems stemming from Trina's struggle with her weight —Trevor admitted to certain expectations he had of how his wife should look. What Trevor didn't tell us the last time he was on the show was that he was keeping a secret—he had been seeing another woman.

"We were separating at that time, Trevor, when we were here with Oprah discussing our marriage," Trina says. But she believes his relationship with the other woman began before she and Trevor separated. "We were still working things out. It wasn't until I left the show that I decided at that time that this was not a healthy situation for me or for you. And so that's when I filed for divorce."
Trevor, Tina and Oprah

Despite the couple disagreeing over the time and place of events and who wronged whom, Trina and Trevor do want to part amicably and maintain a healthy relationship as parents for their children once the divorce is finalized.

"I think that we are doing the best thing, and we have two wonderful kids," Trevor says. "So we're trying to be mature about this."

"Divorce is going to be the best thing for both Trevor and me," Trina says. "I think that he's a fantastic guy that just has some morality issues. I think I'm a great girl that has some weight issues. I think the two of us together are just sort of like vinegar and water."
Kathryn and her cat

With 81 cats and six dogs, Kathryn's pets were taking over her life and putting a strain on her relationship with her embarrassed daughter. Kathryn's animal hoarding problem began about 10 years ago when she started bringing homeless cats into her home. "It's difficult to keep the house clean because of the food mess," Kathryn says. "It's fur. It's cat litter. I'm in heavy denial. I'm attached to every cat. All of my animals are named. My cats sleep with me. My dogs sleep with me. I don't want to part with any of them. When I saw a homeless cat, I felt it very difficult to walk away. The reality is I don't want to live like this anymore. I'm hoping that I'll be able to part with them."
Kathryn and Humane Society

The Oregon Humane Society (www.oregonhumane.org), a no-kill adoption center, agreed to take Kathryn's cats—all of them—if she was ready and willing to part with them.

Although she agreed to give up all the cats, at the last minute, Kathryn told the Humane Society that she needed to keep a dozen of them. "I think that [my daughter] will be able to have her friends over and we'll lead a more normal life. I'm so grateful that they can go on now and hopefully it will be a very happy ending for all of them. I helped them as much as I could for as long as I could."

Kathryn also told the Oregon Humane Society that the cats she kept were older, and she wanted to let them live out the rest of their lives at home. She also promised to not take in anymore homeless animals.

Why do people become compulsive hoarders? Feel like you might have a problem? Find out.
FROM: Oprah's Follow-Up Show: Spring 2005
Published on June 06, 2005


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