Trista Sutter on What Life Is Like 5 Months After Her Traumatizing Seizure
Trista Sutter was left with so many questions after suffering a life-threatening seizure in June. But in an interview with GoodHousekeeping.com, she said she looked into the issue and still doesn't have an answer, even five months later.
The original Bachelorette explains that a visit to the neurologist did not give her too much insight into the root of the problem. "They basically gave me a clean bill of health, and they're hopeful that it will never happen again," Sutter says. "They hope that it's a fluke."
She says doctors did not find a tumor or actual diagnosis for why the condition happened in the first place, but they reassured her that it's a common occurrence. "It happens a lot to people," Sutter says doctors told her. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, one in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime, and anywhere from four to 10 out of 1,000 people in the world will live with an active seizure at some point in their lives.
Sutter was vacationing with her husband Ryan, whom she met onThe Bachelorette, and two children, Maxwell, 10, and Blakesly, 8, in Croatia when the incident took place this summer. "It was very scary, especially for my kids," Sutter says. "They're constantly worrying about me to this day." However, immediately after, Sutter said she and Ryan instructed their kids on how to act fast in emergency situations by calling 911, running to a nearby neighbor and getting help. "I really feel like it's opened up the lines of communication even more so than they were before," she says.
Sutter revealed earlier this year that her daughter was "traumatized" when she fell on top of her in the middle of a shuttle bus, and admits now that she felt a bit mortified herself that it happened in such a public place.
"It was embarrassing because I lost control of my body, but not embarrassing at the same time because it was something that I couldn't control," she says.
Sutter said many members ofTheBachelorfamily reached out to her when they heard what happened, including former "Bachelorettes" Kaitlyn Bristowe, Andi Dorfman, DeAnna Pappas, and host Chris Harrison.
But after the incident she says she felt especially bonded to another member of her real-life family– her cousin who suffers from epilepsy. "She was one of the first people that I was writing from Croatia, asking her experience with it," she says. "Connecting in a way that other people don't necessarily share was special."
Sutter says she has taken big steps to minimize the amount of stress he has in her life, including partnering with Honeywell Air Purifiers to help her with her severe allergies, getting more sleep and saying "no" a lot more – including to reality television.
"I have no plans to return to reality TV," she says. "We've been asked over the years, and I think our motto is never say never, but I'm trying to limit the amount of things that I'm doing and putting on my schedule.
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