Former Bachelorette star J.P. Rosenbaum announced on Instagram that he has been diagnosed with rare Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).
Whether you’re a fan of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise or this is the first time you’ve ever heard of J.P., his decision to go public about his diagnosis is an incredibly helpful move to start a conversation.
What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome?
GBS is a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its own nerves. Weakness and tingling in the extremities are usually the first symptoms.
The most severe cases of GBS result in near-complete paralysis, and this is when the syndrome becomes life-threatening, possibly affecting breathing, heart rate, or blood pressure.
GBS symptoms can intensify rapidly, and on average, patients reach their most significant level of weakness in a matter of weeks.
‘Surreal and Humbling’
“It’s very surreal and humbling,” said J.P., in a series of Instagram Story clips from the hospital. “I just can’t really believe it.”
J.P. even had a sense of humor about his diagnosis and symptoms, which sometimes it’s all we can do:
“Things you do every day … picking up this phone, buttoning buttons, tying shoelaces, putting on deodorant … [you] just can’t do it,” he said. “Picking up my kids? Can’t do it. Wiping your ass? That may be T.M.I., but I might have Ashley assist on the next one.”
And thanks to his public comments about his private health issues, media outlets like Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, and even Patient Worthy gets the opportunity to learn about and discuss Guillain-Barré syndrome.
We are wishing J.P. and his family all the best!