Oprah Winfrey opened up about her traumatic childhood moment. Before her appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, a clip reveals the personality emotionally recalling a terrifying moment.
She has never shared this before until now. In the clip, Oprah is promoting her new book, What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. She talks about the memory that is about her feeling unsafe while sleeping. The author shares the story which has scarred her for life.
Oprah revealed that her grandmother and she slept in the bed together and her grandfather was in a room on the other side of the wall. She further shares that her grandfather comes into the room once in the middle of the night and has his hands around her grandmother’s neck.
The TV personality said, “My grandmother and I slept in the bed together. My grandfather was in a room on the other side of the wall and one night in the middle of the night, my grandfather gets out of bed and comes into the room. And I wake up and he has his hands around my grandmother’s neck and she is screaming.”
She further shares the story and recalls her grandmother pushing him off of her and steps over him making him fall. The actress explains that her grandmother runs to the front door and out of bed with her. She further shares, “She manages to push him off of her and step over him. He falls. She steps over him and runs to the front door. I run out of the bed with her. It’s pitch black in the middle of the night in rural Mississippi.”
“I always slept with, listening for the cans. Listening for what happens if that doorknob moves.”
Oprah further recalls that her grandmother goes out on the porch and she starts screaming calling out for Henry. The host reveals Henry was an old man who lived down the street and he was blind. She recalls, “And she goes out on the porch and she starts screaming ‘Henry, Henry.’ There is an old man who lived down the road that we call Cousin Henry, he was blind.”
The producer reveals emotionally admitting that this was the first time she is even talking about the moment. She shared that Cousin Henry came down the road to help her grandmother get her grandfather off the floor. Since then. her grandmother had a chair underneath the doorknob and some tin cans around the chair.
Oprah shared, “And after that, my grandmother put a chair underneath the doorknob and some tin cans around the chair. And that is how we slept every night. I’m sleeping, I always slept with, listening for the cans. Listening for what happens if that doorknob moves.”
The author’s book is out now and she has collaborated with neuroscientist Dr. Bruce Perry. Her book is about moving and healing about trauma therapy. The two of them have brought their experiences and expertise to the front in the helpful, informative, and practical guide that offers much-needed insight on complex PTSD, trauma bonds, and intense stress.
Winfrey’s full episode of The Dr. Oz Show will air on Thursday, April 29.