To this day, nearly two years since her stroke, her speech is still affected.
In an Instagram post, the reality TV star shared an email of informative tips for recognizing a stroke victim. She also spoke about the quick thinking on the part of her husband, Kroy Biermann, and her daughter Brielle Biermann.
"As you know I had a stroke in Sept 2015 and when Brielle called Kroy to tell him something wasn't 'right' with me I remember him yelling, 'Brielle get her in the car NOW and take her to the hospital fast every minute [counts,]'" she wrote. "It's TRUE!"
She continued, "And Im so thankful for everyone's quick thinking. I've never seen doctors/nurses move as fast as they did the second I was wheeled in. I'm so thankful for my medical team. I have almost fully recovered (sometimes my tongue slips when I speak, and sometimes I have the word on the tip of my tongue but it just doesnt come out) but I feel great!!"
In ending her Instagram PSA, Kim said, "I had my stroke at 37!! It can happen to anyone at any age!! When in doubt please always check it out!! 💋"
While competing on "Dancing With The Stars" in 2015, it was revealed that Kim had a minor TIA [transient ischemic attack] and that she had a hole in her heart and had never closed.
Kim's health situation forced producers of the ABC show to pull her, something she was incredibly sad about. There were even petitions from fans to try to get her back on the show, but to no avail. After that, though, the magnitude of her situation finally hit her.
"I kind of did a complete turn around one day and was able to process it," she told People magazine after the stroke. "I was driving home after dropping the kids off at school, and I just started to cry. I was like, 'Oh my God Kim, you are so lucky to be here.' I had had a pity party for myself but then I realized this is really blessing."
"The show saved my life," she says, adding that the long flights and hard work helped to unearth her preexisting condition. "This could have happened when I was 50 or something."