Jeannie Mai Details How She "Almost Died": "I Was Literally Gasping For Air"

What she thought was a sore throat ended up being much more serious for Jeannie Mai. The Real host was participating in Dancing With the Stars when she began to feel as if something was wrong with her throat. As the days progressed, her pain increased until she finally had to cancel a dance practice with her partner. Jeannie has shared bits of her recovery since the news was first revealed in early November, but the talk show host recently detailed her experience, mentioning that she was close to death.

 Jeannie Mai, Jeezy, Throat Absceess
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“I got sick, but it was just, what I thought, a sore throat. That morning that I felt my sore throat I went to go rehearse with Brandon at seven in the morning and I was very tired but I had a long day of shooting after that,” said Jeannie. “I went from Brandon’s rehearsal then to a long shoot that was freezing cold where the illness I had quickly caught on and got worse because I was sitting under an air conditioning vent that just got me freezing cold and made me plummet into actually getting sick.”