‘The Bachelorette’: This Former Contestant Was Just Diagnosed with a Rare Disease

We often see the contestants and the leads on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as celebrities with photo-ready lives and perfect appearances. So when one of them goes through a hardship, whether it be an unexpected tragedy or an illness, it’s almost hard for us to reconcile our images of them with their real people problems.

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J.P. Rosenbaum, Ashley Hebert, Tanner Tolbert, Jade Tolbert, Trista Sutter and Ryan Sutter | Presley Ann/Getty Images for WE tv

But now, a former Bachelorette contestant has been diagnosed with an extremely rare disease and it’s got all of Bachelor nation sending out their well-wishes.

Who was diagnosed with an illness?

You may remember Ashley Herbert and J.P. Rosenbaum from season seven of The Bachelorette. They started their lives together after Herbert gave Rosenbaum her final rose. The two got married in a wedding officiated by Chris Harrison in 2012. Since then, they have had two children together, Fordham and Essex.

But now, the couple is enduring a hardship that no one saw coming. Rosenbaum was recently diagnosed with a shocking illness.

“JP was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome yesterday,” Herbert captioned a photo on her Instagram stories. “He is in treatment and doing well. It may be a long road to full recovery, but we are so grateful to everyone that has helped us get to a speedy diagnosis and treatment.”

Throughout the day, they both posted videos of them in the hospital.

“Very surreal, and humbling and crazy, rare,” Rosenbaum said of the disease in a video.

“Things you do every day, like picking up this phone, or buttoning buttons, tying shoelaces, putting on deodorant, just can’t do it,” he said. “Picking up my kids, can’t do it. Wiping your ass, maybe TMI, but might have Ashley assist on the next one.”

“Can’t really believe it,” he said.

“I know there’s lot of physical therapy in my future,” he continued.

What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?

Guillain-Barré syndrome affects your body’s immune system.

The Mayo Clinic describes the disease as “a rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms.”

“These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form Guillain-Barré syndrome is a medical emergency. Most people with the condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment.”

How do you get Guillain-Barré syndrome?

For those with the syndrome, it can be quite frustrating as there is no known cause or cure for the illness.

“The exact cause of Guillain-Barré syndrome is unknown,” the clinic’s website reads. “But it is often preceded by an infectious illness such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu.”

“There’s no known cure for Guillain-Barré syndrome, but several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. Most people recover from Guillain-Barré syndrome, though some may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue.”

The disease mostly affects young, adult men.

Fans send JP Rosenbaum well-wishes

Since the couple shared the news on Instagram, fans have been sending in well-wishes of support for the family.

“So sad to hear about JP Rosenbaum’s diagnosis, he’s so young,” one person tweeted.

“Hey man!” one fan tweeted at Rosenbaum. “I am sorry to hear your diagnosis. I am 6.5 years out and know full well how this can affect your family. I am praying for you and feel free to reach out if you wanna talk or have questions.”