‘DWTS’ Judge Carrie Ann Inaba Calls Pain Following Emergency Surgery a “Gift”

Carrie Ann Inaba will be out of commission for at least a month following emergency surgery last week, and she couldn’t be happier.

The Dancing With the Stars judge took to Instagram on Friday to tell her friends and followers that she is grateful to be alive and experiencing anything after suffering from stomach pain that should have prompted her to seek medical attention much sooner.

Inaba was admitted to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for four days, revealed her diagnosis—acute gangrenous appendicitis—and urged people not to ignore the warning symptoms.