Aussie reality TV star Megan Marx was left in tears after she was diagnosed with a debilitating condition.
The Bachelor alum revealed her health battle in a candid Instagram post over the weekend, telling her followers she was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA6), a rare neurological condition that typically affects movement and sometimes one’s spinal cord.
“Months of waiting for gene test results, I met with the neurologist on Friday. S–t news. Diagnosis. Some tears while Keith took over the conversation,” she wrote, referring to boyfriend, Keith Newman, who was by her side at the time.
Despite the devastating news, Marx – who rose to fame during Ritchie Strahan’s season of The Bachelor in 2016 – told fans she was remaining optimistic.
“Feeling grateful for my physical body right now, in its present state, before neurological degeneration attempts to take some of me from me,” she wrote.
“All the yays for love making and skinny dipping and hiking and painting and food-ing and bad dancing and awful conversations at bars.
“Actually feeling grateful altogether. Many have worse diagnoses. Just some processing to do. Lots of living to do.”
While discussing her condition with fans in the comments section, Marx explained that she delayed getting tested for SCA6 after watching a loved one live with the illness.
“I kept putting off testing too – not sure if it’s that beneficial knowing since it can’t be treated,” she revealed. “My Pop suffered pretty bad with it (couldn’t swallow properly, walk or talk properly), so hard staring down the lens of that.”
In another exchange with a fan, the reality star said she’s turned to online groups to help her come to terms with her diagnosis.
“I’ve joined a facey support group which has been great. I’m more struggling with the fact that there isn’t a whole lot of research on the condition!” she commented.
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