The Don't Be Tardy star suffered a stroke on Sept. 23, 2015 after returning home to Atlanta from a Dancing with the Stars practice in Los Angeles

By Natalie Stone
September 23, 2016 08:40 PM
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Kim Zolciak-Biermann is thankful that she’s “still here on this planet” on the one-year anniversary of her stroke.

On Sept. 23, 2015, the Don’t Be Tardy star suffered a mini stroke after flying home to Atlanta from another practice with pro partner Tony Dovolani on week 2 of Dancing with the Stars.

Following her health scare – “It was like a million ants were crawling over my body,” she described to PEOPLE of the moment she recognized she was having a stroke – the mother of six underwent surgery to close a hole doctor’s found in her heart.

Now a year later, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star is reflecting on the pivotal life moment.

“1 year ago today my life changed. Having a stroke has changed me in so many ways. At 37 I thought I was invincible ..boy was I wrong. I thank God everyday that I’m still here on this planet,” she penned in an Instagram post Friday.

The post continued, “I didn’t know that would be my last dance however I wasn’t feeling that good that day, even @tonydovolani noticed something was off but rather than listen to myself I pushed through. Not smart. We have to listen to ourselves, especially us women. We put our husband and children before us often times and we need to really listen to our bodies. There is (usually) warning signs. Had I not taken excedrin migraine the day before the stroke I’m not so sure where I would be (has aspirin In it which thinned my blood) listen to your body, it can happen at any age.”

Although she and Dovolani were eliminated from the dancing reality competition series because she could not fly back to Los Angeles from Atlanta after suffering the stroke, she is open to returning to DWTS in the future.

“Love you guys and appreciate all your support! Maybe someday Tony& I will make it back to an All Star addition,” she concluded the post with the hashtags “#DWTS #OneOfTheBestThingsIHaveEverDone #TakeCareOfYou.”

Don’t Be Tardy airs Wednesdays (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.