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WINFREY: My next guest is an 11-year-old student who says that her teacher is one of the most special people in the whole wide world. Remember when the world was whole wide? This is--this is Angelie Diya and she's the subject of a CBS documentary which is airing this summer. The docume--mentary is called "Before Your Eyes: Angelie's Secret." Now Angelie is bravely coming forward today with the secret that changed her life. DIYA: I have AIDS and I didn't tell people because I was afraid I was going to lose my friends because my friends meant a lot to me. They're always behind me, but I knew that I couldn't live with it any longer because it was just, like, out there--I mean, because I'm always truthful with my friends and everything. And so I thought it was time to tell because they questioned me a lot, and so now I feel a lot better that they are still behind me and they love me very dearly. WINFREY: You are the bravest little girl. So you've told--told most of your friends? DIYA: Well, yeah. I told all my friends on a closed-circuit TV at school that I had AIDS, and a couple of people I was just, like--just scared to be around because their parents are, like, very, very secure and... WINFREY: Their parents are insecure? Mm-hmm. DIYA: Mm-hmm. WINFREY: Mm-hmm. DIYA: And so I was afraid that some people would talk to me right there and say, `Well, I don't want to be your friend.' But I knew that I had to come sooner or later. And so I did it all with my friends be-- before I left the school. WINFREY: What happened with your best friend? DIYA: Well, my best friend--well, they--we used to all play together and we'd go to each other's houses, but it's just--it's still the same, but some of the parents, like, are still, like, watching whenever we play together, and I'm very careful, too, because I don't want to put them through the same thing. WINFREY: You don't want to put them through the same thing. So you're very careful. Well, Carolyn Price is Angelie's favorite teacher. Come on out, Carolyn. Here's Mrs. Price. WINFREY: And why--why did you want to salute Mrs. Price today? DIYA: Well, because whenever I was in fourth grade... WINFREY: Isn't fourth grade great? I just think it's the greatest. Let me tell you, that is it, sister. DIYA: Well, she is a very, very nice teacher and she always understood, like, whenever I was out, she--whenever I came back, she always didn't load all the work on me. WINFREY: Uh-huh. DIYA: And she made me do the important stuff. And so--and she is very, like--even though she didn't know what was wrong, she tried to, like, understand me... WINFREY: Uh-huh. DIYA: ...and tried to, like, be there for me. WINFREY: What did you think was wrong, Mrs. Price? Mrs. PRICE: I was told ITP... WINFREY: Uh-huh. Mrs. PRICE: ...which is idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, which I did not know what that was and, honestly, I was afraid to look it up and find out. WINFREY: Mm-hmm. Mrs. PRICE: The only inkling that I had--one day last spring Angelie came to me and she said, `Guess what? Make A Wish is sending me to'--and I don't think I heard... WINFREY: Mm-hmm. Mrs. PRICE: ...what she said after, `Make A Wish is sending me.' I think it was to Disney World? WINFREY: Mm-hmm. Mrs. PRICE: And part of me inside died. Teachers get very good at disguising how they personally feel, and inside, when I heard `Make A Wish,' I knew we were dealing with something serious. WINFREY: Mm. WINFREY: But you're dealing--we're all dealing with it worse than you are. Really. Mrs. PRICE: Isn't she great? WINFREY: Yeah. You are very brave. And--do you have the support of your family and--and friends and your teachers, so the school has really been there for you. Yeah. DIYA: Mm-hmm. WINFREY: So what are you doing this summer? Are you kind of kicking up your heels? Are you kind of reading any books? DIYA: Doing nothing. WINFREY: Doing nothing. Are you reading any books? You got any boyfriends hanging out or... Mrs. PRICE: You better read. You know that. WINFREY: What are you reading? What's your favorite book now at 11 1/2? She's 11 1/2. Remember when the halves were important? DIYA: Well, I just like reading mystery books pretty much. WINFREY: You like reading mystery books? Yeah. That's terrific. Well, thank you very much for being here, Mrs. Price. Mrs. PRICE: Thank you, Oprah.

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