Loose Women: Ronan Keating and wife Storm discuss their family
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Storm Keating, the wife of The One Show host and Boyzone star Ronan, has a long road ahead of her following an emergency operation at the end of March. The 39-year-old fashion designer had surgery on her spine after being diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome.
The condition can compress nerves in the lower back, which if left untreated can lead to paralysis.
Ten days after the op, the Australian star told her fans, via social media, that she was “doing great”.
However, the mum-of-two has since said that it will take 12 months for the nerves to recover.
“You’ve got to give the nerves 12 months post-surgery,” she told The Mirror when asked about her rehabilitation.
“It’s a long time to wait but between now and then I’m on a rigorous programme that will ease up as I get stronger,” she added.
Elsewhere in the interview, Storm said her husband and his eldest children had been a “huge support” following her surgery.
The couple, who tied the knot in 2015, are parents to Cooper, four, and Coco, 14 months.
The TV star is also dad to Jack, 22, Missy, 20, and Ali, 15, who he shares with his first wife Yvonne.
The Australia star went on to say that her health scare had given her a new outlook on life.
She told the publication that she was overcome with emotion when the surgeon told her the op had been a success.
It was only then that it dawned on her what could have happened.
Storm now makes sure that she makes time for herself and listens to her body more closely.
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The blogger first spoke of her surgery and the “most frightening” week of her life back in March.
In an Instagram update, Storm thanked her doctor and the health practitioners at Cromwell Hospital who had looked after her.
“It’s been a long and trialling week, the most frightening week of my life. But I feel so utterly grateful to Dr Syed Aftab and all the amazing specialists, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and aids at #CromwellHospital who have assisted me through this.
“On Saturday I was rushed in with what we already knew was a very bad prolapsed disc, which had more recently escalated to the point where it needed surgical intervention. Whilst stabilising in hospital however, this then escalated to Cauda Equina Compression/ Syndrome which required emergency spinal surgery to avoid permanent damage,” she explained.
“I hope that by sharing my story, it’s a small reminder for everyone to take care of your back!” Storm continued.
“Many of us take our spine for granted and often our health too… but sometimes the unexpected can throw a real curve ball if you’re not paying attention or if you’re ignoring your body.
“I’m very lucky but I wouldn’t wish what I’ve been through on anyone.
“We share our highs on Insta but sometimes it’s good to share our lows too. This has been one of mine,” she added, in view of her 129,000 followers.
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