Underwood's rep revealed on November 12 that the American Idol alum had sustained multiple injuries after taking a "hard fall on some steps outside her home". At the time, a representative of the singer had said that she was rushed to a hospital with no life-threatening wounds but, sustained multiple injuries, including a broken wrist and some cuts and abrasions.
"It's insane how a freak random accident can change your life", she adds.
In a story that she's "finally ready to talk about", Underwood admits that it was more than her wrist that was injured that day. When she came out of surgery the night of her fall, the doctor told her husband, Mike, that there were 40-50 stitches put on her face.
Underwood went on to say that she is still healing now, about seven weeks after the fall.
"I honestly don't know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful", she adds. "She had a wrist brace on, but I didn't think much of it until I saw the headlines after I posted our picture together", the reality star, 34, tells Us Weekly exclusively. "And I am grateful for the people in my life that have been there every step of the way".
Underwood laid low career-wise for most of 2017, but in her fan club letter, she says she'll kick off 2018 by heading into the studio.
Underwood wrote that when she's ready to get in front of a camera, she wants fans to understand why she might look a little different. Fans have been wanting to see the singer and how the stitches made her look different, but her social media accounts were void of selfies aside from throwback photos and this one image where she covered the majority of her face with a scarf. Just last week, for example, Underwood posted the following selfie. It is sad that she feels she has to hide her face from the public.
Carrie also revealed she's heading back to work next week (beg08Jan18) after scrapping a handful of appearances past year.