Kim Zolciak-Biermann gets real about how her stroke altered her perspective

May 15, 2016 at 11:27 p.m. ET
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Kim Zolciak-Biermann is opening up about how her perspective on life has changed after she suffered a stroke last September, caused by a hole she had unknowingly had in her heart since birth. She had heart surgery in October, shortly after the stroke.

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"If my hand starts to fall asleep, I panic, because that's how my stroke started," Zolciak-Biermann told InTouch. "It's been hard, but I'm getting better."

She also revealed that having a stroke altered one major part of her life: her priorities.

"It's a process. It really changes you. I couldn't give two shits about some of the things I used to care about, like people's rude comments on Instagram. My husband and kids are all that matter," Zolciak-Biermann said. "It could've been the end of the road for me, so I just enjoy every single moment with them."

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The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star is a mother of six. Since suffering a stroke, she seems to be more open and honest with her fans than ever. She recently got real about the plastic surgery she's had.

"I had a boob job and I've had a hernia fixed," she told E! News. "I had a pretty big hernia from the twins, so I said just do a tummy tuck, which is kinda the same thing, just makes the skin really tight. But that doesn't change my size. I'm the same size I was the day I walked into surgery, I'm just a little bit tighter looking."

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"I will always nip and tuck if I feel the need to do so, but I'm open about it. I don't care. You only go around one time, and I especially understand that," Zolciak-Biermann confessed. "And life is very short, so there's no reason for me to lie."

It seems like the reality star's health scare made her realize that it's time to be unapologetic about who she is, no matter what her critics might say. She is living life on her own terms and we applaud her for that.

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