Kim Zolciak is feeling grateful to be alive.
A year after suffering a stroke, the Don't Be Tardy star took to Instagram on Friday reflect on how her life has changed, and encourage others to be mindful of warning signs.
"1 year ago today my life changed. Having a stroke has changed me in so many ways," she began her emotional post. "At 37 I thought I was invincible ..boy was I wrong. I thank God everyday that I’m still here on this planet."
Zolciak suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA) on Sept. 24, 2015, while competing on Dancing With the Stars. According to Zolciak, the stroke occurred moments after arriving home from a red-eye flight from Los Angeles.
"I didn't know that would be my last dance, however I wasn't feeling that good that day, even @tonydovolani noticed something was off but rather than listen to myself I pushed through. Not smart," she wrote. "We have to listen to ourselves, especially us women. We put our husband and children before us often times and we need to really listen to our bodies. There is (usually) warning signs."
"Had I not taken excedrin migraine the day before the stroke, I'm not so sure where I would be (has aspirin In it which thinned my blood),” she continued. “Listen to your body, it can happen at any age. Love you guys and appreciate all your support! Maybe someday Tony & I will make it back to an All Star addition ??? #DWTS #OneOfTheBestThingsIHaveEverDone #TakeCareOfYou."
Zolciak was forced to withdraw from DWTS
days after suffering the blood clot, as she was advised by her doctor not to fly back to Los Angeles.
"I'm honestly worried," her partner Tony Dovolani said on the show. "A stroke is nothing to mess around with, whether it's minor or massive."
"I want to thank everyone for their love and support over the past few days," Zolciak said in a statement at the time. "I am now home with my family, resting and taking care of my health. I can't express enough how much I love dancing and this whole experience."'
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