Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare neurological disorder.
Former "Bachelorette" star Ashley Hebert just revealed that her husband, J.P. Rosenbaum, was hospitalized and diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome -- a rare neurological disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the nerves.
Taking to social media to share the news, Ashley posted two photos of J.P. from a hospital bed to her Instagram Story Sunday.
"JP was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome yesterday," the 34-year-old mother of two explained. "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."
Rosenbaum, 42, took to his own Instagram Story to share a series of videos from his hospital bed, describing the diagnosis as "very surreal and humbling and crazy rare."
"Things you do every day, like picking up this phone, or buttoning buttons, tying shoelaces, putting on deodorant, just can't do it," he explained. "Picking up my kids, can't do it. Wiping your ass, maybe TMI, but I might have Ashley assist on the next one. Just can't really believe it."
"Next steps are figure out if I have plateaued, which I think I have, on my symptoms," he went on, adding that he'd "definitely" be spending another night in the hospital and that he knew there'd be a "a lot of physical therapy" in his future.
J.P. also revealed he had just finished his second round of immunoglobulin therapy, which aims to relieve the symptoms associated with the syndrome, including weakness and tingling in the arms and legs. If left untreated, the patient can experience paralysis. There is no known cure, but treatments including plasma exchange and immunoglobulin therapy, as well as physical therapy.
"Hopefully, I'm fortunate enough where we caught it early enough, to start a treatment early enough where we can now start recovery," he added.
The couple met on Hebert's season of "The Bachelorette" in 2011 and tied the knot the next year. They share two children: Fordham, 5, and Essex, 3.
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