Trista Sutter, the first-ever Bachelorette, made headlines this summer when she suffered a mysterious seizure on her family vacation. After a full recovery, she’s speaking out about another health issue: allergies, which also affect her son, Max. She recently partnered with Honeywell Air Purifiers to learn more about how to keep her and Max’s allergies at bay so that they can fully enjoy their Colorado home and life in the mountains.
Sutter talked with Parade about her health, creating an allergen-free home and why it’s important to have a good doctor on your side.
How is your health since the seizure?
I’m doing great! I haven’t had any problems since. I’ve been checked by a neurologist who specializes in seizures, and she seems to think that it was a one-time thing. I’m in the clear, and I feel good.
Did your neurologist suggest any changes to ensure that wouldn’t happen again?
Honestly, not really. I think the biggest thing I took away from our meetings and the mostly negative test results that I got is that it was probably related to stress and panic. I am doing all that I can to keep my life as stress-free as possible, although that is never going to happen 100 percent. So I think just keeping a monitor on it, making sure that I am focusing on my breathing when I do get stressed or panicked. I have been reading more about meditation and getting into that.
When did you and Max start suffering from allergies and how have you both been dealing with that?
I have suffered from allergies for as long as I can remember. I have seasonal allergies, and I’m also allergic to cats, dogs, horses, wool—all sorts of things. But Max, we figured out he was suffering from allergies a couple years ago. He suffers from seasonal, but his symptoms are itchy, watery, red eyes, sneezing—the typical seasonal allergy symptoms. I’m excited that I was able to partner with Honeywell Air Purifiers and educate myself on how I can help myself and my son moving…