Trista Sutter Still Doesn’t Know What Caused Her Life-Threatening Seizure

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Trista Sutter Still Doesn’t Know What Caused Her Life-Threatening Seizure


Trista Sutter is doing a lot better after her terrifying seizure earlier this month, but she’s still feeling the after effects.

The Bachelorette Season 1 star recently returned to the U.S. after a lengthy European trip with husband Ryan Sutter and their kids — son Maxwell, 9, and daughter, Blakesley, 8.

And though life might have returned to normal for the most part, the family sees things very differently now.

The Sutters spoke with Good Morning America about the incident, which resulted in Trista seizing violently and landing on top of her daughter.

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“She was shaking and stiff,” Ryan recalls.  

“Her eyes were wide open ... rolled back in her head, looking sort of up. She wasn’t breathing. She was turning sort of blue.”

Putting aside the obvious concerns of this moment, the 44-year-old admits she’s a little worried about the effect it’s had on her 8-year-old’s mental health.

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She says of Blakesley, "She was traumatized, I think she probably still is a bit. She knows that something is wrong."

The mother of two was rushed to a hospital and underwent a variety of tests — none that were able to tell her conclusively what’s wrong.

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Doctors did warn the Colorado native to not drive until she was able to consult a neurologist back in the States.

“It's changing my life, still is, to this day,” she muses.

She continues, “I mean I got up this morning and I thought, 'I need to go to the grocery store,’ and then I'm like, 'Oh I can't drive.' Because God forbid, I have another seizure or event in the car.

“And I could kill someone, I could kill myself. I could kill my kids. I have to have a new perspective in order to keep me and my family and everyone around me safe."

Though she hasn’t seen the specialist yet, Trista assures the interviewer she will be going soon.

In the meantime, she plans to keep sharing her experience with her fans and followers as a “voice for people who have gone through something similar.”

She admits, “It's embarrassing to lose control of your body. And I think a lot of people feel alone out there, and I want them to know, they're not.”

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Opening up has shown her how supportive people can be — which is something she might continue to need if she doesn’t ever find out the cause of her seizure, which is a potential.

“You do tend to just get wrapped up in daily life. I wanna try my hardest to not let the impact of what happened disappear,” she states.

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“I want to be able to live my life fully and as best as I can without getting caught up in the minutia, you know, and the drama and the negativity.”

She concludes, “Life is fragile. It's precious. And you need to take time and enjoy it and the people around you.”

Amen to that!