Former “Bachelorette” star Trista Sutter shocked her fans this week by revealing that her beloved husband Ryan, who she met on the ABC reality show, has been “struggling for months” with a mystery illness.

Though Trista said that doctors have confirmed that Ryan does not have cancer, they are still baffled by what is causing his symptoms.

“This guy…my rock, my best friend, my hero, my love…is struggling. Not everyday, and not to the point that he can’t work or cook or exercise or be with family, but enough,” Trista wrote alongside a photo of Ryan. “We’ve been struggling for months. Struggling to get answers.”

While she said it was a huge relief to learn that Ryan did not have cancer after he displayed symptoms that lined up with lymphoma, Trista added that it is frustrating that they still don’t have a diagnosis.

“Part of us was wanting a diagnosis. Wanting to be able to fight for him to be cured instead of fighting for an answer,” she wrote. “How messed up is that? Don’t worry, I know. It’s messed up. But, that’s where we are. In a holding pattern of not knowing.”

“And believe me…I know it could be worse, so for that, I am thankful,” Trista continued. “Thankful to not have to be separated from a loved one who is dying due to COVID. Thankful to not have 2 children with a cancer diagnosis. Thankful to have each other and health insurance and jobs and a home and food on the table and healthy family members and all the things that make this life struggle-free.”

Trista then told her fans not to take it personally if she doesn’t respond to messages or seems distant.

“Everyone is struggling in some way, behind closed doors. We are young-ish and blessed, but not immune,” she said. “We lived a fairy tale on TV and have a great life for all intents and purposes, but answers would be nice. So, I’m going to keep praying for answers and am hopeful that if you are the praying type, that you’ll think of Ryan when the time comes to send up a message. 🙏🏼❤️#timetobereal #notyourtypicalThanksgiving #imdonewith2020.”

Trista and Ryan have been devoted to one another ever since he proposed to her on the very first season of “The Bachelorette” back in 2003.


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