Carrie Ann Inaba is overcoming a tough few months, and she's cluing folks in on the impact it's had on her life.
Over the years, the Dancing With the Stars judge has been vocal about ongoing medical issues that span back to 2021. She has also spent less time on social media as of late, which left fans concerned for her well-being. But most recently, in an Instagram Live uploaded on Carrie Ann's account on June 7, she gave her followers an update on how she's been holding up behind the scenes.
"So, I know I'm very random. I haven't been here in a long time," she said in the clip. "I'm doing actually really good. It's taken me a long time because what I realized is I've been kind of dealing with health situation after health situation. I have not been able to be here and it's been kind of hard for me."
Carrie Ann then detailed some of the health crises she endured this year, which included a fractured rib and contracting COVID-19 for a second time. As she discussed how her health affected her, she also thanked fans for sticking by her amid an emergency bout of appendicitis in April.
"Thank you for all the well wishes," she continued. "I can't tell you how touched I was when I had the appendicitis. I may have had some problems in my health, but never in my stomach ... I was able to go and fix [the appendicitis], thank god, and it's taken me this long to just get normal. I have a little bit of a belly, which is part of the healing process ... So, I'm getting there."
When the Dancing With the Stars fandom heard Carrie Ann's important update, they immediately reached out with kind words.
"It’s so good to see you back and feeling much better. I continue to keep you in my prayers for your complete and full recovery. 🙏❤️," one person wrote in the Instagram comments section. "❤️❤️🙏🙏 Hope [you're] feeling better!!" another added. "Good to see you back. Missed you!" a different follower agreed.
Fortunately, appendicitis is a relatively common procedure, and Carrie Ann is not alone in experiencing symptoms post surgery. The University of Rochester Medical Center writes that some patients may feel bloating in their abdomen due to residual carbon dioxide gas left from performing a laparoscopic appendectomy (a minimally invasive surgery which removes the appendix via small incisions instead of a more invasive procedure). Materials shared by URMC further indicates that pain may last a few days, but this will subside as the patient gets further away from the procedure.
We're glad to see Carrie Ann is on the mend! What's more, we're counting down the days until she's back at the judges panel when season 32 of Dancing With the Stars premieres later this fall on both Disney+ and ABC.
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