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Why has she suffered silently with her cancer? Why hasn’t she gone public before?

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“I didn’t want to involve everybody in my personal life,” she admits. “People come to me as a teacher to support them and they would love nothing more than to take the focus off themselves by focusing on me and my needs.

“But they need to work on their own, so I didn’t think it was appropriate to share this information.

“Also, I didn’t want the projections that happen when you tell people news like I share with Oprah. People say, ‘I’m sorry,’ But I would ask ‘Why are you sorry? This could be the greatest thing that ever happened to me.’”

Why reveal it now?

“It’s time,” she says. “A year and a half ago, I knew I needed to take

the year off to rest. I told my assistant ‘Don’t ask me to do any radio or any TV or any print unless Oprah calls.’

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“So when Oprah called, I answered because I trust Oprah and because there is no one else in the world I’d trust more to have this conversation with.

“I feel ready because as I wrote in my new book Courage, I believe all of my life experiences are here ultimately not just to support the evolution of my own soul but to support and serve others.”

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