In this week's Super Soul original short, Oprah's visit to Jeni Stepanek as she celebrates the miracle of another birthday. Jeni is the mother of Mattie Stepanek, one of Oprah's greatest spiritual teachers. "Mattie was one of the most authentic, loving souls I have ever known," Oprah says. "Jeni instinctively knew how to foster and encourage this precious gift to the world."
Mattie passed away on June 22nd, 2004. For many years, Jeni has battled the same rare form of neuromuscular disease that claimed all four of her children: Katie, Stevie, Jamie, and Mattie.
This past year, Jeni received a harrowing cancer diagnosis. She has endured endless and excruciating health complications with courage and grace. To honor her remarkable life, Jeni's friends and family gathered for her birthday and surrounded her with love. Here, see Oprah's surprise tribute to one of the most inspiring mothers she's ever met.