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Rosario Dawson filled with gratitude after turbulent year

Actress Rosario Dawson has demanded that Americans stand together in the aftermath of recent social and political events.

Rosario Dawson is filled with gratitude and humility following a turbulent year in her personal life.

The Sin City actress has steered clear of the spotlight of late, allowing her to recover from emergency surgery on one of her ovaries last September (16) and mourn the shock death of her cousin Vaneza Ines Vasquez in May (17).

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Rosario uploaded a snap of her and comedian boyfriend Eric Andre while she was being treated in hospital last year, and captioned the post with a reflective message.

"What a difference a year makes... This weekend marks a year that I had to get emergency surgery to stop internal bleeding from a ruptured cyst on my ovary," she wrote. "It was the first time I told (Eric) that I loved him (and very much not the last). Thankful for his care and all of the doctors and nurses and staff at the Desert Regional Medical Center. The 'privilege' of insurance and access to medical care."

The 38-year-old was also the one who discovered Vaneza, 26, lying unresponsive in her Los Angeles home, and called emergency services to the scene. Her cousin couldn't be resuscitated and Rosario noted in her tribute that she was "resting in paradise".

In addition to the events that have rocked her personal life, Rosario also took time to draw attention to topical events. The actress shared that she narrowly missed being caught up in the floods in Sierra Leone that caused devastating mudslides in August, and also witnessed a man rush past security into a massive fire at the Burning Man music festival in the Nevada desert over the weekend.

She also demanded that Americans stand together in the aftermath of social and political events, such as the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia after a car ploughed into a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a rally of white nationalists and other right-wing groups.

"I wish I had practiced more of what I learned from my near-death experience last year but so much is conceptualised as you go back to work and routine. Life has a way of reminding you again and again and again, though, what, and who is important," she concluded. "I'm so filled with gratitude and humility. Thank you for being the tribe I get to be a part of on this journey. I am at your service with unconditional love, acceptance, humour and light. Thank you."

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