Reportedly, one half of the Olsen Twins is suffering from a chronic condition which, at this time, is incurable. A number of reports are circulating that claim Ashley Olsen has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. OK! appears to have the exclusive on Ashley’s supposed condition, according to a report from the London Standard.
Sources say the former Full House actress-turned entrepreneur, who is one-half of the Olsen Twins, has been suffering in silence for a number of years already. The 28-year-old, who together with her twin sister, Mary-Kate, helms a fashion empire, was allegedly diagnosed with the illness a number of years ago. Despite treatment, Ashley’s condition is said to have taken a bad turn.
Lyme Disease, including all of the pitfalls in diagnosis and treatment, can happen to anyone. Ashley Olsen… http://t.co/Y5TxOHgnoT
— LymeDiseaseChallenge (@LymeChallenge) May 9, 2015
Ashley Olsen Has Been Diagnosed With Lymes Disease https://t.co/ggKeBz3fIP
— Courtney Tezeno (@TezKnows) May 9, 2015
One source close to the story said Olsen contracted Lyme disease in the late stages, which makes managing the condition difficult.
“She’s really sick. It’s gotten worse. She was diagnosed in the very late stages so early detection measures weren’t options for her. She’s really going through it.
“When she does come to work, she looks haggard and disheveled. And she’s often moody.”
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention defines the condition Ashley Olsen allegedly has.
“Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.”
According to the CDC, the condition returns, along with symptoms, in about 10 to 20 percent of sufferers treated for Lyme disease. This is referred to as Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (or PTLDS).
Two other celebrities with the debilitating condition are continuing to fight the disease in their own way. One appears to have recovered from the ailment, while the other remains stricken and in a desperate search for a cure.
Singer Avril Lavigne recently shared her struggles with the disease over several months. While undergoing treatment, she was largely out of the spotlight, and away from social media. She detailed her battle in an interview with People.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying… I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster hasn’t been so lucky. She’s been fighting the disease for three years. As she said in her Bravo blog, she spent one year with diagnosis and two with treatment. Recently, Foster traveled overseas for a radical procedure involving the use of stem cells. She took to Instagram Thursday to update her followers.
“Sweet dreams to my new stem-cells, may they strengthen my immune system to destroy the silent killer inside of me and turn this Mess into a Message…… #ExhaustedButDetermined #SearchingForACure #ChronicLymeDisease #INeedAMiracle”
Ashley Olsen and her sister appeared at the Met Ball Gala this week. Some say she looked pale in her face and appeared frail. Although many reports are in circulation about Ashley Olsen’s Lyme disease battle and diagnosis, Inquisitr has not independently verified the rumors. However, the larger message, as Yolanda Foster said, is to find a cure for the condition.
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