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Carolyn had been in an abusive relationship for eight years with her boyfriend Terrence. One night, the abuse turned deadly when Terrence went from ranting to grabbing a gun, Carolyn says. After a struggle, Terrence shot and killed Carolyn's mother. He then grabbed Carolyn's throat and shot her at point-blank range. Against all odds, Carolyn survived. She says she believes she survived to tell her story.
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After 13 surgeries, a team of doctors and specialists pushed the limits of reconstructive surgery and were able to restore Carolyn's shattered face.
Track the progression of Carolyn's face through her years of surgery
Carolyn says the ordeal that started when she survived the unthinkable has made her into a more courageous and stronger woman. "God does things for different reasons. I think that he knew that I was going to be strong. He knew that I wasn't going to be ashamed of how things turned out and that I was going to go out and be the best advocate that I could be. The best motivational speaker I could be. And, you know, encourage other women to do the same thing that I'm doing."
Watch how Carolyn's story has inspired viewers
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Despite the answers he gave on camera, Carolyn says she would someday like to personally confront Terrence in a mediation session. "In a way, I kind of want to thank him because he made me become this strong woman that I am today," she says. "Being courageous and going out in public and dealing with the situation."
"I understand what you mean by wanting to thank him. This is what it took for you," Oprah says. "The message is for every other woman who's in an abusive situation: Don't let it take a bullet."
Today, Carolyn works as motivational speaker, counseling victims of domestic violence.
If you're in an abusive relationship and you need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE, or go to TheHotline.org
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At the time, Jill tearfully talked about how her father's disapproval hurt her. "I've wanted my dad to accept me my whole life. He treats me differently than he treats every other person in my family," she said. "My whole life he has told me that I'm not pretty and that I'm overweight and that I need to lose weight, and he's just never been nice to me."
A year later, Jill returned to The Oprah Show. After getting gastric bypass surgery, she had lost 170 pounds and said her relationship with her father had improved significantly. "I wanted that relationship between my dad and myself, and I wanted to feel good about myself," she said. "That's why I did it."
She says a reason for her additional weight loss is that a 2009 complication from the gastric bypass made her so sick she was unable to eat, had 12 surgeries in a year, and had to have a PICC line and home IV therapy.
Despite the serious medical complications, Jill says she made the right decision to get gastric bypass surgery. "A lot of people disagree with me, but even if I knew that I would have been sick in all this, I still would have made the decision to have the surgery. Because my life where I am now, I'm so happy and so content, and I have an amazing husband which I don't believe I would have had."
Jill is happy, she says, because her relationship with her parents has never been better, and her husband is not judgmental about her weight. "My husband thinks I am the most beautiful thing ever," she says. "And I know that if I was to gain 50 pounds he would love me just as much as he loves me right now."
Watching the show that day in Atlanta, viewer Clayton was moved by Treveles' story. "When I saw his face, I saw sadness," Clayton says. "Tears came from my eyes. People shouldn't live this way."
Clayton contacted Oprah Show producers and managed to find Treveles and his mother. Over the years, Clayton did his best to show Treveles another side of life. He bought Treveles' school supplies, took him on trips and tutored him in reading.
Today, Treveles is married with two children, works in a bank and attends college part time as a business management major. He also mentors inner-city youth.
Treveles says he has something to tell Clayton, the positive male role model in his life. "Thank you for reaching out to me, helping me, being a mentor to me and helping me be the man I am today."
"You're welcome," Clayton says.
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Today, Lori and 1-year-old Justin are back at Harpo Studios! Lori says her labor was unexpected because she wasn't due for three months, but Justin was born minutes after she got to the hospital. Because it was such a premature delivery, Justin and Lori had to stay in the hospital for four weeks. Yet, besides asthma—which doctors say he will grow out of, hopefully—Lori says Justin is a healthy baby. "He's perfect," she says.