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03 Apr How I Knew I’d Meet Oprah!

If you would’ve asked me if I thought I’d ever meet Oprah, surprisingly I would have responded with a confident “YES!” Since my diagnosis, I’ve never allowed many things to stand in the way of my dreams. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I had been talking about it for the week leading up to this memorable day. I had no master plan, no hook-ups, I just knew…

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It all started when I received a general e-mail notification from Oprah.com sent to all it’s subscribers advising us about an upcoming live taping of the Lifeclass series at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Immediately I plotted with my co-worker to enter the lottery for tickets and kept the fact that I had done this to myself. I wanted no negative energy tampering with my chances. Soon after I got the message that I was selected. While I was excited about winning, I was a little bummed that I was to sit in the upper mezzanine on the third level.

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Two weeks later, I received another notification asking me some really difficult questions. I made 3 attempts to respond to them but had to stop because I kept getting stuck, then finally I just got it done. These were not easy things to put into words.

  • What was your most profound breakthrough?
  • If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
  • What in your life is causing you pain right now?
  • What is keeping you from living your best life?
  • What do you believe is your life’s purpose? Are you fulfilling it?

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Next thing you know, I get another communication indicating that due to some production changes, I was moved to the orchestra seats on the first level. I guess I did a hell of a job on those questions! From that point on, I really got serious about setting my intention and visualized myself talking to my Shero, Ms. Oprah Winfrey. There was not a night I didn’t pray for our long-anticipated meeting.

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When I went to pick up my tickets the day before, I was given a bracelet that other audience members on line did not. Upon arrival to the historic venue, I was not required to wait on the ridiculously long line with people from all over the world. Then I was ushered to the second row in the closed off section in front of the stage. The topic was spirituality and her guest was the amazing, Deepak Chopra. Perez Hilton also made an appearance.

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Before I knew it, Oprah came by to say hello during one of the show’s breaks and I knew this was my opportunity. With the look of fury in his eyes, the security guard saw me preparing and quickly warned me that I was not to request any pictures. What he didn’t know is that the phone was ready… I was ready. As Oprah spoke to the ladies in front of me I stood up, looked into her eyes and simply whispered “thank you” (for so many things that it would have been impossible to list) and then proceeded to ask for a hug. She lovingly accepted and I could feel the love radiating from her heart to mine. I then asked her for a picture and after she personally made a few adjustments to the positioning of the camera, she smiled and brought me closer so that both us would be captured in the image. You could tell how happy I was by looking at the picture. I can only recall her posing for one other of the 5000 audience members.

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Not realizing that my friends were watching it live on the web, my phone went bananas! So many people were trying to contact me at precisely 3:56pm, it literally shut off. It took me a while to recover from the magnitude of what had occurred. I cannot remember a single thing that happened in the moments that followed. As I drove home with the radio off, I just cried. If you remember only one thing from the post, let it be this… no one and no thing can stop you from your dreams. As Deepak Chopra said, the only moment you have is NOW!

Be sure to check out the TV broadcast on April 23rd at 8:00pm EST on OWN.

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Eileen Z. Fuentes

After a breast cancer diagnosis in 2008, Eileen became her own Self-Healthcare Activist. She is an Integrative Cancer Coach and works full-time helping patients do more than just survive at Columbia University’s Cancer Center in New York City.

  • Aqiylah Collins
    Posted at 08:31h, 03 April Reply

    What a momentous blessing, Eileen. I can feel the power emanating your words. May that one moment, and all the sacred ones leading up to it, be with you forever. Dream big!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 10:11h, 03 April Reply

      Thank you Aqiylah. This was definitely in divine order!

  • Tasha Edwards
    Posted at 09:51h, 03 April Reply

    This literally made me cry. I have chills going down my spine. DREAM BIG!!!! I love this. Thank you for sharing. I needed this renewal of faith this morning.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 10:12h, 03 April Reply

      Awww thank you Tasha, I appreciate you for sharing my immense joy!

  • Reggie
    Posted at 10:09h, 03 April Reply

    This is trully awesome! Oprah and you make an great pair! This is EPIC..i say it again!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 14:42h, 03 April Reply

      LOL at Epic! WE are going places, amiga!

  • Bunny Gail Thorpe
    Posted at 10:30h, 03 April Reply

    This post is and will be a blessing to many. I am so proud of you for taking off the fear and letting God guide you toward your destiny. We can do all things through him and no man can stop what God will have planned for us. Congratulations!!!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 14:43h, 03 April Reply

      AMEN AMEN AMEN and so it is! Thank you

  • Giselle Guzman
    Posted at 10:34h, 03 April Reply

    Eileen, what an amazing experience! The joy that you have brought to others is coming back to with a vengeance. Like Tasha said Dream Big!!! The world is yours! Love you

    • Eileen
      Posted at 14:44h, 03 April Reply

      The world is ours and I love you sooooo much!

  • Eunice Dilone
    Posted at 10:42h, 03 April Reply

    Eileen – I want to be you when I grow up, lol.. your positive energy is amazing. You inspire me to be a better person. Thank you for being my teacher. xoxoxo

    • Eileen
      Posted at 14:49h, 03 April Reply

      I guess we should start working on the Washington Heights version of lifeclass… LOL! Thank you very much. That means a lot!

  • Lori Jones
    Posted at 10:45h, 03 April Reply

    Thank you for sharing this story, Eileen! This just flows into my confirmation of things that I must do to change my story by having more faith in life and myself. This also flows with what Tony Robbins talked about in Oprah’s lifeclass about your story. Thank you for sharing your story! It indeed touched me and helped me in changing my story to a woman full of faith in her dreams and in life!!!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 16:34h, 03 April Reply

      Faith will take you far… I’m glad this story helped to enhance yours. Much love to you, Lori!

  • Angy
    Posted at 10:51h, 03 April Reply

    Eileen you are an inspiration, Im reading your article right now and Im tearing, I really dont know How I would have answered those questions myself. Thank you for being such a positive light.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 16:34h, 03 April Reply

      If you haven’t thought about those questions, now is a great time. It will certainly help to put all things in perspective. Keep going, amor!

  • Hakikah
    Posted at 11:02h, 03 April Reply

    You are my inspiration! Thank you for sharing this momentous moment with us and letting us see how our dreams can manifest at the highest level! I remember your tweet that you were going some weeks ago. Who knew it would turn out like this! Indeed, you are a V.I.P. Deepak and Oprah! KaPow! Mwaah!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 16:36h, 03 April Reply

      Kapow! I most certainly took your love with me the whole time. Thank you Hakikah (again) for all your support. You mean the world to me!

  • Tony Peralta
    Posted at 11:09h, 03 April Reply

    Amazing Eileen! Extremely happy for you.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 16:56h, 03 April Reply

      I know you are.. and for that I thank from the bottom of my heart :-)

  • Carolina
    Posted at 11:29h, 03 April Reply

    Eileen – I am SO happy for you! You’re such an inspiration! Keep on rockin’, girl!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 16:57h, 03 April Reply

      Rocking and rolling, my dear. Let’s change the world!

  • Karen Michelle Bayard
    Posted at 11:56h, 03 April Reply

    Wow, Eileen!!! I am so very excited for you, proud of you and thankful for all that you do to be well, live well and inspire the world to believe that EVERYthing is possible!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 18:12h, 03 April Reply

      Everything is possible… In the words of my idol, Ms. Oprah Winfrey, “This is the one thing I know for sure”.
      Thank you, Karen :)

  • Mercedes D'Alessandri
    Posted at 12:17h, 03 April Reply

    I had no doubts in my mind that this was going ot happen–maybe not the details–I know how important she is in your life and how determined you are. Good stuff Eileen, you are made up of lots of good stuff and we love you for it!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 18:14h, 03 April Reply

      I am made up of good stuff… like people. Thank you for always supporting me Mercy. You hold such a special place in my corazon ❤

  • Edwin DeLaCruz
    Posted at 12:34h, 03 April Reply

    Wow Eileen I feel the joy….you finally met your idol the “O”….incredible !! I’m very happy for all your triumphs and all the obstacles you’ve overcome prima….THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN’T DO is the mentality indeed !! Congratulations on the SPEACH blog…nice work :)

    • Eileen
      Posted at 16:32h, 03 April Reply

      Thanks Edwin… I kept my eye on the prize for many things in my life. I’m so fortunate to have the love and support of my family. Thank you for that and thanks for the compliment on the blog. It has been a labor of love!

  • Cara M. Ryan
    Posted at 14:11h, 03 April Reply

    Eileen, I’m so proud of you and inspired by your true beliefs. Very few if anyone else has this story and for me, currently in a spiraling out of control time, it was great to see this as a way to refocus and believe in the power of intentions.
    Thank you!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 18:16h, 03 April Reply

      Listen Cara, sometimes the messages come from the most unexpected places. Don’t let anything stop you… there’s too much good in that heart of yours to not share it with the world XOXO

      • Cara M. Ryan
        Posted at 14:28h, 09 April Reply

        Thanks Eileen- you’re the best and keep up the great writing. I am loving The Speach!

  • Dalba Castrillon
    Posted at 14:19h, 03 April Reply

    Hey Eileen that’s terrific. I must confess I’ve been secretly reading your stuff on the uptown collective for months. The piece on longevity has been great, and the other day at the hospital I couldn’t help but over hear your conversation with an elderly man of 90-something, that by the way had more life than most 20-somethings. With this said I have to tell you that you are inspiring in your own way and I am so very happy for you that you met the person that inspires you!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 14:27h, 03 April Reply

      WOW! Thank you Dalba… I am SPEACHless 😉 I actually interviewed him the following weekend and he is my next story! I appreciate your compliments… so so grateful!

  • DeLaCruzin
    Posted at 15:43h, 03 April Reply

    Wonderful article! I am very proud of you… will share with my peeps!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 16:33h, 03 April Reply

      Thanks Kiki… does that mean mom loves me more than you now? LOL!

  • mindy
    Posted at 17:15h, 03 April Reply

    I love what you wrote and that you shared it. I was there for the evening performance. It was an honor to be in the same room as Oprah.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 18:18h, 03 April Reply

      It sure was. Don’t you agree she is a sincere soul? I love her so much more now that I’ve had the opportunity to speak to her. Love every cell in her body!

  • Eliana De La Cruz
    Posted at 20:21h, 03 April Reply

    I just want you to know that I am very happy for you, and it is amazing how much I have learned from you. You are an amazing women. I am very proud to be your tia. May God continue to Bless you and your family.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 10:18h, 04 April Reply

      Thank you Tia. I’m so happy to hear that you are learning. From day 1, you’ve always supported my nutrition craziness! I hope you continued health today and always.
      Un abrazo fuerte!

  • Tina De la Cruz
    Posted at 23:57h, 03 April Reply

    Give me an E, give me an I, give me an L, double E, give me an N!!!! Lol
    You are so blessed PRIMA!!! YOU are a SPARK, and a true inspiration to us all! I pray that God continues to use you in a way that you continue to reach the masses and inspire them. With FAITH, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is possible. YOU are the perfect example of that, and I thank you for sharing your light with us! I love you tons, loads of kisses, and big hugs!!! Can’t wait to see more of the blessings God is sending your way. Xoxo

    • Eileen
      Posted at 10:18h, 04 April Reply

      Tania, I need you closer… that is all. :-(

  • Buzygurl
    Posted at 03:24h, 04 April Reply

    Just cried some Happy tears for you right now :o)

    • Eileen
      Posted at 10:19h, 04 April Reply

      Happy tears are good! Thank you so much Buzygurl!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 20:56h, 04 April Reply

    Go Eileen!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 22:10h, 04 April Reply

      I’m fired up!

  • Leslie
    Posted at 12:09h, 06 April Reply

    Wow!! you just made me cry what a great uplifting story.You are truly an amazing person! Im sure she felt your positive energy, if she can only know how many lives you have inspired and keep inspiring. You go SUPER WOMAN!!!!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 12:28h, 06 April Reply

      Let’s just say this… you stirred something in me that I didn’t know was there and for that I will be forever grateful. You allowed me to use you to pay it forward… Love you with all my heart ❤

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  • Takeyah | Core Connection Lifestyle
    Posted at 14:14h, 24 April Reply

    POWERful! I am a true believer in the power of manifestation. You have a message to share and your process of getting to Oprah is a part of that. Many blessings!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 14:16h, 24 April Reply

      Thank you Takeyah and many blessings to you too.

  • Karen Rose Tank
    Posted at 23:48h, 15 May Reply

    Eileen, Eileen, Eileen!!! How did I miss this??? So proud of you and the world you have opened up. Are you really that same shy woman I met 2 years ago??? You blow me away with your courage and your vision! Miss you!
    Love, Karen

    • Eileen
      Posted at 20:41h, 23 May Reply

      That’s okay Karen. There’s a lot going on in our healthnutty world. Thank you so much for always being so loving and supportive. I miss you too.
      With lots of love,

  • Amberly Grant
    Posted at 15:29h, 23 May Reply

    This is wonderful, I don’t know you Eileen, but I can imagine all the big things you will contribute to those around you! Congratulations.

    • Eileen
      Posted at 20:52h, 23 May Reply

      Thanks Amberly (what a pretty name btw)! I really hope to do my part in making this life experience better for myself and others :)

  • Melissa Martinez-Machado
    Posted at 15:30h, 23 May Reply

    I am so inspired by this story, by your energy, by your life! Your tide of positivity (just like Oprah’s), lifts all boats around you! Keep inspiring us! :-)

    • Eileen
      Posted at 20:54h, 23 May Reply

      Melissa ❤❤❤ Thank you so much. I miss you. I truly honor your friendship and your encouragement. So so grateful for you.

  • Angelica Perez
    Posted at 14:06h, 27 June Reply

    I absolutely LOVE this story! I love how focused and firm you were on getting to that moment. You totally deserve this! What a wonderful experience!

    • Eileen
      Posted at 20:39h, 05 July Reply

      Hi Angelica! I am humbled that you left me a comment… I am such a fan of what you’ve created. From the bottom of my heart, I truly thank you!
      In gratitude,

  • Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul
    Posted at 15:00h, 23 July Reply

    Eileen! What an awesome opportunity. You and Oprah look so radiant and joyous in that picture. I think I”ll meet her some day too : )

    • Eileen
      Posted at 15:21h, 23 July Reply

      Thank you Jenné! After seeing you in action, I know you will achieve all you set your mind to.
      P.S. I LOVE your videos! Keep them coming :)

  • Rose Victoria Soto
    Posted at 02:08h, 20 September Reply

    WOW wow wow Eileen! I just read this article for the 1st time (2yrs later) I had no idea you met Oprah in 2012! You are simply AMAZING & UNSTOPPABLE!!
    Like you, I believe nothing is impossible with GOD! You are TRULY BLESSED and a Beacon of Light & Hope to so many women.
    Wishing you many more Blessings of Great health, peace, joy & prosperity!
    Much Luv, Rose

    • Eileen
      Posted at 16:38h, 21 September Reply

      Thank you, Rose. I am truly grateful for you taking the time to leave me this comment and more important, for your loyal friendship over the years. My cup runneth over…

      Much love to you, hermana!

  • Nalie
    Posted at 21:28h, 08 January Reply

    I can feel your joy through the screen while reading your words! Thank you for sharing with us xo

    • Eileen
      Posted at 22:10h, 08 January Reply

      I’m glad you felt the joy and authenticity in my words. You have no idea how much I admire you, Nalie. Stay blessed.

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