Erin Napier Thankful After Successful Throat Surgery: ‘Feeling So Cared For By An Old Friend’

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Erin Napier Thankful After Successful Throat Surgery: ‘Feeling So Cared For By An Old Friend’

By Movieguide® Staff

HOME TOWN star Erin Napier recently underwent a successful throat surgery is on the road to recovery thanks to an old friend.

The 36-year-old HGTV star shared a photo on Instagram, thanking her family friend Rodney for his love and care during her time in the hospital.

“Staying tonight in the hospital after a throat procedure, and feeling so cared for by an old friend,” Napier wrote on her Instagram.

“My daddy started the physical therapy program at our community hospital in 1975, then my brother followed in his footsteps and was a doctor of PT in the same department for 15 years,” she added. “Rodney has worked at this hospital since I was a little girl coming to visit daddy. He and my brother became buddies, too.”

Napier and her family—daughters Helen, 4, and Mae, 12 months who she shares with her husband and costar Ben—said they are thankful for their friendship with Rodney.

“Through every one of my family’s illnesses, tragedies and childbirths that have walked through these doors, Rodney was the man in the cafeteria that made you feel like family, who asked how everyone was and remembered them each by name,” she said. “I’ve never been so happy to see him as I was tonight, expecting a bowl of chicken noodle soup but getting a needed visit with an old friend too.”


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Erin is candid about her past physical and mental health battles.

Movieguide® previously reported:

HOME TOWN star Erin Napier recently shared a post on Instagram about her struggle with mental and physical health.

Napier shared photos from hospital visits in 2014 for a perforated appendix in the candid post. According to the post, Napier continues to struggle with negative symptoms eight years later.

“This time of year, I feel the anniversary of illness so acutely,” she captioned the series of throwback photos. “These hospital photos were taken in 2014, at the end of my 10 year illness from (unknowingly) a perforated appendix. I wrote about that decade in our book, Make Something Good Today, and for a long time thought I had put that all to bed with that final surgery.

“My appendix has been gone along with the physical suffering for 8 years now, but I’ve been learning through conversation with my friend who is a therapist that it left some deep ruts in my neuro pathways that have left me with an extreme fear and preoccupation with sickness, nausea in particular, ever since,” she added. “My brain, without my permission, sets off on a fight or flight mission to save my life, when my life is not in any danger at all. Panic attacks and spiraling thoughts come rushing in. I’m relieved at least to have connected all these dots in recent months, brought to the surface by the constant upheaval and dread that came with living in a pandemic.”

Napier took a moment to encourage others who may struggle with hidden illnesses or pain.

“This is something you don’t know about me, but I don’t mind if you do. It’s not bad or good, it’s just part of my weird brain and I’m trying to untangle it every day, even as you may see happy news and posts from me. That’s everyone though, isn’t it?” she said. “We’ve all got our personal struggles. But isn’t it so nice to have this place for editing the hard parts out? Like seeing the people you love most gathered around your hospital bed, there’s always a light in the darkness.”