Excerpt from Mother Warriors
We sat down and the stagehand said, "Two minutes till live."
Oprah beamed and said, "I love live!" and the audience chuckled.
As she gathered her notes, I leaned over and softly said to her, "My intention today is to offer hope, faith, recovery."
She smiled and responded, "Well, then let us say it again. The intention for the show today is hope, faith, and recovery." From her energy at that moment, I had no doubt she was right.
"We are LIVE in...FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE."
Oprah's voice echoed in the theatre, "If your child stopped speaking, wouldn't look you in the eye, and completely ignored the world around them, what would you do?"
Being trained in the world of show business, I knew I had only seven minutes in this first segment to tell my story. I kept telling myself, "Don't cry, don't cry. Tell your story, Jenny." I took a deep breath and began to speak publicly for the first time about the horrific events that had taken place in the past two years.
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