Carrie Ann Inaba revealed that she had been rushed to the hospital last week and had to receive surgery for acute appendicitis.
The longtime Dancing with the Stars judge returned to social media post-op to share an update with her followers on her condition.
A video she posted included snippets of her at the hospital, showing that she was in good spirits despite her condition, mentioning that she had a 4-6 week recovery period ahead but was "just grateful to be alive."
She detailed the difficult week in her caption, starting by giving a "special shout out to the wonderful staff of doctors, nurses and aides at @cedarssinai for taking such good care of me.
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"I had an emergency appendectomy last week and while it's been quite a painful experience, I also know it's a gift to even feel this pain. I realize after speaking with my doctor that it could have been much worse.
Carrie Ann revealed she had been hospitalized for acute appendicitis
"Appendicitis attacks happen suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere. And when you are in that much pain, the last thing you want to do is go anywhere. And when you have autoimmune disease, you are often having strange health occurrences that no one can explain or help you with so sometimes, you try to wait it out, like I did. I was wrong."
Carrie Ann has been diagnosed in the past with fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis, along with Sjögren's Syndrome, all of which mean that even a small illness can set her back a long way.
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"I should have come straight to the hospital right when the pain in my abdomen started, after the sudden and violent vomiting that knocked me off my feet," she continued.
The performer has been quite vocal about her challenges with health, both physical and mental
"If you have pain in your abdomen, please have it checked out because it could be something very serious," the 55-year-old added, concluding with: "Thankfully, my appendix will not be bothering me anymore."
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