When the OG BacheloretteTrista Sutter revealed that she had suffered a seizure while on vacation with her family, we were left as shaken as her trained EMT husband, Ryan Sutter. But now, she’s revealed the details of her ordeal and her recovery, while also explaining why (and how) her terrifying health scare could happen to anyone.

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“All I remember is feeling very dizzy and very nauseous, and then the next thing I knew, I was in this dream,” the 44-year-old mother-of-two explained while discussing the situation with Good Morning America. Riding on a tour bus in Croatia with her family, Sutter suddenly slumped over onto her daughter’s lap and began convulsing, turning blue while not breathing.

While an emergency crew was quick to respond, Sutter was still in a bad place, laying on the ground in the grass when she says, “It was like a white euphoria. A lot of people talk about near-death experiences — I don’t know if that’s what I had.”

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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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What she does know is that while the doctors are still trying to pinpoint was caused Sutter’s seizure, she’s been told that various factors can lead to the exact health scare she endured, including lack of sleep, salt and water imbalances, blood sugar being too high or too low, and stress. Dr. Derek Chong, the Vice Chair of Neurology at Lenox Hill Hospital, even explained that one out of 10 people will have a seizure at some point during their life.

As Sutter waits to see if doctors can figure out what caused her own seizure, she wants others to realize that this can happen to anyone, reminding fans again to treat every day like the precious gift that it is.

(h/t Good Morning America; photo via Michael Kovac/Getty)