Ryan Sutter Gives Update on Battle with Mystery Illness: 'Answers Have Unfolded'

“Things are indeed looking up…”

Ryan Sutter has shared an update on his battle with a mystery illness.

On Sunday, “The Bachelorette” alum took to Instagram to reflect on the past year and revealed he’s received some answers about his mystery illness, from which he experienced “almost paralyzing” fatigue among other symptoms.

Ryan Sutter Details His Mystery Illness: 'Somedays I Can Barely Get Out of Bed'

“Answers have unfolded in regard to my health and I am certain of my direction moving forward there. (more on that to come…),” Sutter, 46, wrote in the post’s lengthy caption.

“Things are indeed looking up…,” he added.

Back in December, Sutter opened up about his private health battle, which he said began in August toward the end of a training course with the Denver Fire Department. Sutter said he started feeling “more worn out” and had flu-like symptoms. He noted that he was tested for Covid-19 “multiple times,” but his tests never came back positive.

“I completed the academy and believed/hoped I would begin to recover and feel better. It’s been five months now and, if anything, I feel worse,” Sutter shared at the time. “Though I am functional and continue to work my regular fire schedule, I am experiencing a battery of symptoms which include: fatigue – sometimes almost paralyzing, deep body and muscle aches, fevers, night sweats, full body itching with no rash, headaches, neck and throat swelling, congestion, light headedness, nausea, and just general all around not feeling good.”

“I have had several blood tests and a CT scan. I have a high ANA Titer and low WBC but nothing else has proven anything conclusive,” he added. “I am not taking any medications, maintain a healthy diet and am doing my best to get rest. Most days I feel about 70%. Somedays I feel a bit better and somedays I can barely get out of bed.”

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In his post he shared on Sunday, Sutter — who won the first season of “The Bachelorette” in 2003 —  admitted that he wondered whether he made the right choice to work as a firefighter again.

“Things are looking up… Maybe I picked a bad time to start my career over?” he said. “Maybe I was too old, too broken, too confident, too selfish, too clueless? Maybe it was too much? Maybe I should’ve left well enough alone – stayed comfortable and content, each day rolling by on life cruise control? Maybe I made a mistake? Maybe so.”

“Or maybe not. Maybe those maybes are meant to shine light on what may be?” he continued. “To illuminate a path of personal growth and to challenge a new mindset? To demonstrate what might be possible and what may be most important?”

Now that “things are indeed looking up” with his health journey, the former football player said he’s  “beginning to cast off the maybes and find certainty within.”

“I am certain of my place in life professionally and personally,” wrote Sutter, who shares son Maxwell, 13, and daughter, Blakesley, 12, with wife Trista Sutter.

Sutter concluded his post by proposing the question: “So now I wonder if maybe what may be difficult is necessary to find what may be our greatest potential?”


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