Storm Keating is facing a full year of recovery after her emergency spinal surgery in March.
The 39-year-old beauty was hospitalized earlier this year for surgery after a herniated disc escalated into cauda equina syndrome, a severe spinal stenosis that causes the nerves in the lower back to become severely compressed.
And Storm has now revealed that she will have to wait 12 months for her nerves to completely heal.
She said, “You have to give the nerves 12 months after the operation. It’s a long time to wait, but until then I’m on a rigorous program that will wear off as I get stronger.
“It wasn’t until the surgeon said it was a success that I collapsed. Then I had a couple of weeks full of emotion. You start to panic. You notice what your life would have been like and that I could not have gone to school or on vacation. “
Storm is still going through rehabilitation, saying her health anxiety caused her to pay more attention to her body.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror newspaper, she said: “My view has definitely changed a lot since I had this fear. At the moment I’m still in rehab. I’m not one hundred percent perfect, but I owe a great debt to never taking time to myself. I don’t have a good balance. But now I believe that you cannot ignore your body. You have to take your time and take care of yourself. “
The model, who is married to Ronan Keating, with whom she has Cooper, age 4 and Coco, age 15 months, announced in March that she had had “the scariest week” of her life after her health fears.
She wrote at the time: “It was a long and stressful week, the scariest week of my life.
“But I am Dr. Syed Aftab and all the great specialists, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and helpers at #CromwellHospital who helped me with this, so grateful.
“On Saturday I was rushed in with a very bad herniated disc that we already knew about, which had recently escalated to the point of requiring surgery.
“During stabilization in the hospital, however, this escalated into cauda equina compression / syndrome, which required emergency surgery on the spine to avoid permanent damage.
“Without Dr. Aftab and his extraordinary care, diligence, attention and competence, I would not leave this hospital with the prospect of living the normal life that I had always imagined. (sic) “