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Paula Deen hit by ham

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Celebrity chef Paula Deen got more than she bargained for when she volunteered yesterday. The Food Network star was in the process of unloading 25,000 pounds of donated meat for a food bank in Atlanta. Someone accidentally threw a ham like a football which smacked her in the face.

Deen said, "I thought it busted my lip, but it didn't." The chef joked through smiles and laughter, "I'm OK. It just knocked me for a little bit." Apparently Deen unloaded hams and tossed one to a man who responded with, "Back at ya." She thought he meant it only as a sentiment and turned around to get another ham, not realizing he tossed the ham right back to her. Literally.

Thanksgiving injury update!

She quipped, "He really meant, 'Back at ya.'" Deen also tweeted, "I haven't met the ham that could stop me yet!"

The host of Paula's Home Cooking has certainly come a long way since her painful upbringing. Deen's parents both died by the time she was 23-years-old. A fear of death resulted in her condition of chronic agoraphobia. Cooking helped her deal with the condition and then in 1986 she felt on track to leave the house and became a bank teller. The following year she was robbed at gunpoint which led to confronting her fear head on.

Her family moved to Savannah in 1989, at which point she transformed her cooking experience and passion for culinary arts into a catering service. That's right, her sons delivered sandwiches and other meals that she made.

Fast forward: in 2007 Forbes Magazine estimates her fortune to be $4 million.

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