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Bach Nation's Ryan Sutter Recalls in Scary Detail Trista Sutter's Seizure

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Trista Sutter's vacation health scare has deeply affected the Sutter family

One of Bachelor Nation's most solid couples is weathering a serious storm right now, but hopefully they're through the worst of it. While vacationing in Croatia with their children, former Bachelorette star Trista Sutter suffered a seizure in front of her family. The health scare was a serious moment for the entire Sutter family. Now, Ryan Sutter has spoken up about Trista's seizure and just how this event helped him to love, appreciate and feel compelled to care for his wife in a whole new way.

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Taking to his Instagram on Monday, Sutter finally found the words to describe what it was like in that moment to watch his wife go through an unexpected and traumatic event — in front of their children, no less. Using a photo of Trista, who is taking a photo through her own camera, Sutter was able to recount how this photo shows the woman he loves, but how that woman was suddenly transformed in an instant, leaving him unprepared.

"I've had this picture to post for a few days. I just haven't been sure what to say? Like my mind, the photo has sat as a 'draft.' In limbo. A bit confused," Sutter wrote. "It was taken one day after my wife, unexpectedly and without a definitive cause, seized violently in front of her family on a shuttle bus full of strangers. In almost 17 years as a firefighter, my experience has trained me to address the immediate emergency. However, little in my 42 years of life prepared me for the confusion and contemplation that remains after the tide of immediacy has settled."

I've had this picture to post for a few days. I just haven't been sure what to say? Like my mind, the photo has sat as a "draft." In limbo. A bit confused. It was taken one day after my wife, unexpectedly and without a definitive cause, seized violently in front of her family on a shuttle bus full of strangers. In almost 17 years as a firefighter, my experience has trained me to address the immediate emergency. However, little in my 42 years of life prepared me for the confusion and contemplation that remains after the tide of immediacy has settled. . What has helped is the outpouring of kindness received from our friends, family and even those that we've never personally met. Without a doubt, you have been instrumental in the healing process and a humbling source of strength for @tristasutter and I. So, with that message, I post this simple picture . It's my wife - at her best- capturing life as she always has, though now through a more meaningful lens...

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Even though Sutter recalls being unprepared and possibly a bit scared at the events that happened in rapid succession with Trista's health, he wrote that he couldn't help but be incredibly grateful for the love he and his family has received in the wake of this scary moment. "What has helped is the outpouring of kindness received from our friends, family and even those that we've never personally met. Without a doubt, you have been instrumental in the healing process and a humbling source of strength for @tristasutter and I. So, with that message, I post this simple picture. It's my wife — at her best — capturing life as she always has, though now through a more meaningful lens..."

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Sutter's words are so touching and raw, it's tough not to feel a swell of compassion for him. Details of this incident are undoubtedly troubling, but to know that the Sutter family has only come out the other side stronger than before should come as a relief for Bach Nation and fans of this everlasting couple.

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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Trista opened up shortly after the incident on her own Instagram, speaking about the very harrowing process of the seizure as well as the ways in which it affected her views on her own mortality. The entire caption on Trista's photo while in a Croatian hospital speaks volumes and I encourage you to read it in its entirety. Perhaps the most poignant excerpt from Trista's post is this: "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." Beautiful.

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Here's to hoping the Sutter family, and Trista in particular, are healing properly and are feeling stronger than ever.

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