Ryan Sutter Posts Moving Message After Wife Trista’s Near-Fatal Seizure (UPDATE)
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Ryan Sutter Posts Moving Message After Wife Trista’s Near-Fatal Seizure (UPDATE)

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UPDATE (6/5/2017 at 11:20 a.m. EST):

Trista Sutter's doing much better after her terrifying health scare late last week, but her family is still feeling the repercussions.

Husband Ryan Sutter is now opening up about the emotional toll the former Bachelorette's near-fatal seizure has had on him.

As he explains, he’s been holding onto the below pic he took of his wife since the day after she “unexpectedly and without a definitive cause, seized violently in front of her family on a shuttle bus full of strangers.”

As a 17-year firefighter, he details that, though he’s trained for these types of emergencies, he’s still struggling with “confusion and contemplation” after the fact.

He writes, “What has helped is the outpouring of kindness received from our friends, family and even those that we've never personally met.

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“Without a doubt, you have been instrumental in the healing process and a humbling source of strength for @tristasutter and I.”

He concludes, “So, with that message, I post this simple picture. It's my wife - at her best- capturing life as she always has, though now through a more meaningful lens…”

What a sweet note! So glad Trista is OK and was able to continue her trip with her beautiful family!

UPDATE (6/4/2017 at 6:30 p.m. EST):

It looks like Trista Sutter is feeling better.

 

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The last we saw of the original Bachelorette, she was recovering in a Croatian hospital after suffering a surprise seizure on June 1 while on vacation with her family.

But it looks like the 44-year-old is back to normal, as she shared a smiling photo alongside her husband Ryan Sutter, 42.

"Today was a good day. #grateful," she captioned the photo.

Trista looks perfectly healthy in the pic, and you'd never guess she had a near-death experience just a few days earlier.

Read on to hear the full story of her harrowing episode.

Today was a good day. #grateful

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Original Story (6/3/2017 at 2:45 p.m. EST):

Trista Sutter's dream vacation turned into a nightmare this week.

The former Bachelorette star was enjoying the sights in Croatia with her family on Thursday, June 1 when she suddenly found herself in the hospital with a medical emergency.

The 44-year-old had planned on attending a national park with her husband Ryan Sutter, 42, and their two children — 9-year-old son Max and daughter Blakesley, 8.

But those plans changed when Trista wound up having a seizure and later waking up in a hospital bed.

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"This was me yesterday," the former reality star captioned a photo of herself in the hospital.

"Two hours after I had a seizure... two hours after I fell on my daughter's chest & she watched, along with her brother & grandparents, in confusion & horror as her mommy stared blankly off into the distance & started turning blue.

"I ended up in a euphoric white dream that the voices of my husband and daughter pulled me from and I ended up in a Croatian hospital being poked and prodded and wondering, 'Why me?'" she continued. 

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"But today, I had to ask, 'Why not me?' I'm human. I have an expiration date," she went on to say.

"I've always envisioned that date being sometime after my kids have graduated college, met the loves of their lives and created families of their own, but I was reminded yesterday that it could come anytime, in any country, whether I'm surrounded by strangers or people I love, or neither, or both."

This was me yesterday. ...two hours after I had a seizure. ...two hours after I fell on my daughter's chest & she watched, along with her brother & grandparents, in confusion & horror as her mommy stared blankly off into the distance & started turning blue. ...two hours after we were supposed to have an adventure. An adventure to one of the most beautiful National Parks in Europe. Instead, I ended up in a euphoric white dream that the voices of my husband and daughter pulled me from and I ended up in a Croatian hospital being poked and prodded and wondering "why me?" But today, I had to ask, "why not me"? I'm human. I have an expiration date. I've always envisioned that date being sometime after my kids have graduated college, met the loves of their lives and created families of their own, but I was reminded yesterday that it could come anytime, in any country, whether I'm surrounded by strangers or people I love, or neither, or both. I've never been perfect and I never will be, but from here on out, I vow to try my best to live this life to the fullest. To embrace gratitude and the lessons I wrote about over 3 years ago with a newly acquired perspective. To stress less. To love more. To listen. Be kind. Spread joy. To be a better version of myself as a wife, mother, sister, cousin, niece, aunt, neighbor, daughter, and friend. Thank you to those back in the states, whom I hold dear. You know who you are. Thank you to those I've never met who lift me up and have my back. Thank you to those from my #bachelornation family who've shown this OG kindness & respect when I know I'm old news. Thank you to the kind tourists & Croatians who held my hand, wiped my tears, and hugged my kids. You will forever be remembered. And lastly, thank you to my family, especially @ryansutter. Without you, I don't know that I would be here today. You are my everything and I love you forevermore. If you've gotten this far, know that I don't share these words for your pity, but to inspire you to take them and be thankful for your life and blessings. Tell the people you love how you feel and live with grateful enthusiasm. I plan to.

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In her lengthy post, she also thanked her family, fans, and those in Croatia who helped save her life, while also promising to "stress less," "love more," and "spread joy."

Trista was the winner of the very first season of The Bachelorette back in 2003, where she picked her husband as the winner, making the pair one of the show's rare success stories.

She hasn't yet revealed the reason behind her seizure, but we're betting she'll be taking things easy for a while.

Would you like to wish Trista well?

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Please do so in the comments.