NeNe Leakes Recovering After Life-Threatening Medical Scare


neneNeNe Leakes is used to a life of drama, but she never saw this coming. The Real Housewives of Atlanta diva had a near-fatal health scare. Fans first got a hint of trouble after she wrote on her website Monday, November 18: "blessed to be alive." That cryptic message was accompanied by a photo of her in a hospital gown with IVs sticking out of her arms. What doctors discovered could have killed her if not caught in time.

Feeling unwell and short of breath, NeNe knew something wasn't right. As she explained it, "I know my body and I know when I should be concerned so I went to the hospital to get checked out."

Good thing she did. After a slew of tests, they found a blood clot in her lungs, which could have ultimately killed her. It's especially scary considering that most people don't even recognize those symptoms and the deadly condition then goes unchecked for too long. Doctors said this happened to her because of all the constant traveling around the country.

It's a good thing NeNe is so self-aware. So many of us don't want to bother going to the doctor for what we may think are minor symptoms. It's just far too inconvenient. Sadly, that attitude costs too many people their lives. For now, the reality star is resting comfortably at home with her husband Gregg Leakes tending to her.

I am sure her doctors want her to take it easy and avoid stress -- however, we know how impossible that will be with the crew she runs in. We are only three weeks into the new season and it promises to be their craziest yet. NeNe's still feuding with costar Kenya Moore and we don't envision a peaceful resolution to this anytime soon. Maybe Gregg can post a "No Housewives Allowed" sign on their front door for a little while.

Do you listen to your body and go to the doctor at the first sign something is wrong?

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nonmember avatar gabby

Hard to run to the dr when have no health insurance and can not afford obamacare either

sweet... sweetaspie630

I had a pulmonary embolism a few years ago. My doctors were shocked that I was alive. They called me a miracle.

Sherry Cato Wickersham

Keep Kenya away!!!! That woman can make anyone sick....something is wrong in that girls head, she ruins the whole show!!!!

Carol Opie

Most people over 40 should be taking a baby aspirin DAILY and also wear compression socks when traveling more than a couple of hours.wink mini

Denise A. Rudy Owens

I had the same symptoms in September 2005, (on the day of our closing for our new house), & found out that I had a pulmonary embolism. I have been taking Coumadin ever since & will have to continue to do so for the rest of my life. My hematologist says that they aren't sure why this happened to me, except that my father & aunt had both had blood clots in their legs, which means that we have a family history of blood clots. I feel very lucky to be alive & feeling well now. I have to visit my hematologist every 6 to 8 weeks to make sure that I am on the correct dosage of Coumadin, but it is definitely worth it. I get to be alive to love my husband & children!

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