Jenny McCarthy, Monica and Oprah

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A year later, Jenny visited Monica and her family at their home outside Boston. "I had a big aha! moment after spending six hours with her. ... Monica accepted what is. She looked down and said 'Okay, this is the situation. I can't change this, so I might as well surrender to it,'" Jenny says. "When she does that, she is able to move forward in peace."

Nurses and doctors say they expected a "why me?" breakdown from Monica while she was in the hospital, but it never happened. "I did have moments of 'If God just left me one arm or one leg, life would be a little bit easier,' but that's not the way it went," Monica says. "You make do with what you have. I could still love my girls. The bottom line was I am still here."