A former Bachelor in Paradise star from Australia has revealed a serious medical diagnosis.
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Marx starred in Ritchie Strahan’s season of The Bachelor in Australia in 2016 before joining the Australian version of Bachelor in Paradise. Fans offered support, with one person writing in Marx’s comments thread: “Sorry to hear that. It’s a tough diagnosis, but not a death sentence. A friend of mine was diagnosed in her late 20’s and is now in her mid 40’s with minimal symptoms. So remember that not all cases are the same. However, a lot to deal with. I hope you are doing well with it.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Marx wrote that she “has a lot to do”
In the Instagram post, Marx wrote: “Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA6). After waiting months for genetic test results, I met with the neurologist on Friday. S*** news. Diagnosis. A few tears as Keith took over the conversation. F*** huh!”
The post continued:
I’m feeling grateful for my physical body in its current state right now, before neurological degeneration tries to take something away from me. All the cheers for sex and skinny dipping and hiking and painting and eating and bad dancing and horrible conversations in bars.
Actually very thankful. Many have worse diagnoses. Just something to process. A lot to do.
Responding to a comment writer on her Instagram thread, Marx wrote, “I’ve joined an amazing support group. I rather struggle with the fact that there is not much research on this disease!”
Another commenter wrote: “I don’t know you personally but your post had an impact. I wanted to reach out (with compassion) but also keep moving with positivity—mind over matter; keep eating well; Focus on your breath and do more yoga. A diagnosis doesn’t have to define you – and you are a beauty with so much life in you ❤️”
The condition causes “progressive problems with movement”
According to Medline Plus, Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 6 (SCA6) “is a condition characterized by progressive movement problems. People with this condition initially have problems with coordination and balance (ataxia).”
According to the website, “Other early signs and symptoms of SCA6 include speech difficulties, involuntary eye movements (nystagmus) and double vision. Over time, people with SCA6 can develop loss of coordination in their arms, tremors, and uncontrolled muscle tension (dystonia).”
The website adds: “Signs and symptoms of SCA6 typically begin in a person’s 40s or 50s, but can appear at any time from childhood through late adulthood. People with this disorder may need walking or mobility aids later in life.”
According to Who.com, The disorder is part of “a group of inherited brain disorders that affect the cerebellum (part of the brain that controls coordination and physical movement)”.
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