In November, days after cohosting the CMAs, Carrie Underwood took a fall on the stairs outside of her Nashville home. The fall landed her in the hospital with cuts, scrapes, and a broken wrist, as previously reported by Dearly.

Up until now, Underwood has stayed mum on the injuries to her face that she sustained during her accident. It turns out those injuries were severe enough that she needed 40 to 50 stitches to sew her up, according to ENews.

Underwood shared the pain she’s been hiding since the accident in a letter to her fan club members, in which she revealed she wasn’t ready let people know about her face. She said:

It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life.

In the letter, which was obtained by ENews, Underwood said:

Most of you know that I tripped and fell and broke my wrist in November. I’m still doing regular physical therapy for that, but all is coming along. There is also another part of the story that I haven’t been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up.

In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told [my husband] Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in. Now, here we are 7 weeks later and, even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I’m still healing and not quite looking the same.

Underwood thanked the people who helped her heal from the frightening accident. She said she is grateful that the accident wasn’t worse.

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She added:

And when I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different. I’m hoping that, by then, the differences are minimal, but, again, I just don’t know how it’s all going to end up.

While she continues to heal, she has her husband, Mike Fisher, and her son, Isaiah, right by her side.

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