Yesterday was a scary one in Tinsel Town. Not only did Brandy lose consciousness on a plane due to severe exhaustion, but Trista Sutter, AKA the first-ever Bachelorette, also experienced a terrifying health ordeal while vacationing with her family in Croatia that resulted in a seizure. Lest she leave fans in the dark, she’s opening up about the incident in an effort to uplift and inspire others.

The 44-year-old took to Instagram from her hospital room, sharing all the heartbreaking details that occurred right before she was set to explore one of the country’s National Parks. “This was me yesterday…two hours after I had a seizure,” she began. “Two hours after I fell on my daughter’s chest and she watched, along with her brother and grandparents, in confusion and horror as her mommy stared blankly off into the distance and started turning blue.” OMG.

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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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Though Sutter has not shared the cause of her health scare, or how she’s doing now, the mama of two had an overarching message for fans: Life is short, and we need to take advantage of every moment we have. “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?” the reality starlet wrote. “But today, I had to ask, “why not me”? I’m human,” she continued. “I have an expiration date. I’ve always envisioned that expiration 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 at any time, in any country, whether I’m surrounded by strangers or people I love, or neither, or both.”

She went on to “vow to try my best to live this life to the fullest,” reminding everyone to make the most of each day. For her part, the OG bachelorette then listed her promises to “stress less,” “love more,” and “listen. Be kind. Spread joy.” She also made sure to thank all of “the kind tourists and Croatians who held my hand, wiped my tears, and hugged my kids.” And, of course, she added a special note to her hubby, Ryan Sutter, writing: “You are my everything and I love you forevermore.”

It’s hard to get through the lengthy, exceptionally real post without getting teary-eyed, but evoking sadness wasn’t Sutter’s intent. “I didn’t share these words for your pity, but to inspire you to take them and be thankful for your life and blessings,” she explained at the very end of her post. “Tell the people you love how you feel and live with grateful enthusiasm. I plan to.”

What will you take from Trista’s emotional message? Tweet us @BritandCo.

(h/t E!; Photo via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)