Kelley Flanagan is the latest Bachelor star to open up about her personal struggles!
The contestant from Peter Weber’s season (and later girlfriend) revealed that she finally has a diagnosis after a long struggle with her health. She said she always felt there was something wrong but was never quite sure what.
Kelley said having a diagnosis is both “a blessing and a curse.”
Now, she’s opening up about how difficult the road to recovery will be for her.
“Hey guys, just got some not so good news,” Kelley shared on Instagram on August 30. The Bachelor star then revealed that her understanding of her health has drastically changed.
“I know I’ve shared so many of my health tips and tricks, have always told you that my body is super sensitive and I’ve always knew something was a little bit off,” Kelley wrote in the caption of her video. “When I would consistently see how my body would react to things compared to family/friends, I decided to finally get tested for serval different things and tested positive for Lyme disease and several other co-infections.”
It’s a blessing and a curse because now I can target why I feel off so often but also means several different lifestyle changes and extensive research on how to help/hopefully cure this! I know this is going to be tough for me seeing what my brothers have gone through mentally and physically but I’m going to put so much of my time and energy into figuring this out and combatting this. Love all of you and let’s take on this new journey.
Kelley was extremely emotional as she discussed her health in the video.
Kelley revealed that her brothers also have Lyme disease.
“A lot of their symptoms sounded like really similar to me, ’cause I’ve always had something off since I’ve been young and really, really had to take care of myself,” she said. “It’s not the end of the world, but it’s definitely gonna be a lot of changes. And I guess I’m just gonna incorporate you guys in it. Didn’t really know how else to do this.”
According to the CDC, Lyme is spread through tick bites and is diagnosed symptomatically. Other celebrities such as Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Justin Bieber, and Shania Twain also suffer from Lyme disease.
But Lyme isn’t an easy disease to cure. In a new interview with Us Weekly, Kelley detailed what needs to be done for recovery.
“It’s going well so far,” she told the outlet. “As you may know, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, so there was a couple of days where I was struggling.”
Kelley added that although she may look fine on the outside, she isn’t.
“It’s hard because a lot of people see me and they’re, like, ‘She doesn’t look sick,’ and energy-wise, like, I seem fine and all that stuff. But there are definitely waves that come with it, and I think that’s been the hardest thing,” she said. “You get the comments of, ‘Oh, well, Kelley doesn’t have chronic Lyme anymore because she’s taking a photo here.’”
Kelley told Us that she hasn’t begun treatment yet, but when she does, it will be extensive.