Leah Messer Shares Heartbreaking Story About Her Daughter’s Disease

Teen Mom is filled to the brim with sadness, right?

All kinds of sadness too — we’ve seen children be neglected, we’ve seen the parents deal with drug addiction and domestic violence and prison.

But there’s one story that pretty much takes the sadness cake when it comes to this show, and that’s the story of Leah Messer’s daughter, Ali.

Ali is one of the twins Leah had as a teenager, and she suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

On the show, we’ve seen Leah and Ali’s father, Corey Simms, struggle to figure out what was wrong with Ali, and we saw how heartbreaking it was when they realized how serious her condition is.

We’ve seen them be told time and time again that she needs to use her wheelchair and to wear a helmet and to get help, and we’ve seen them slacking on that so she could have a more “normal” childhood.

It’s the nature of Ali’s condition that as time goes on, the disease will get worse and worse. We can’t even imagine how difficult it must be to watch from Leah’s perspective.

But thanks to this ridiculously tragic story she shared on Twitter, we can get a little glimpse of it.

“As I’m doing Ali girls makeup she looks at me and says ‘Mom, what’s it like to see with two eyes?’ …” she wrote.

“Everyday I wish I could take her place but I know there’s a greater purpose!” she added. “Just broke my heart.”

… Ouch.

Way back when Ali and Gracie were toddlers, Leah began noticing that there was something wrong with Ali’s eyes and legs — those were the first signs of her disease.

Since then, Ali’s been wearing glasses, and now it’s clear that she’s not even able to see out of one eye.

As Leah explained after this initial tweets, “this is the first time she’s asked” anything about her eyes, and “she’s starting to ask a lot of questions like this.”

Thankfully though, Leah seems to have a good attitude about it all.

Someone told her that Ali loves her life and she wouldn’t even want to switch places with Leah — which, yeah, obviously, it’s not like Leah was proposing a Freaky Friday scheme.

“Ohh for sure!!” she replied. “I don’t think of it negatively at all. It’s just like, dayyyyuum. Sooo many take the little things in life for granted.”

She also retweeted a bunch of nice messages about Ali.

Things like “You continue to do everything you can for her and your love for her shines. Some days are tough, but always focus on her smile and cherish every memory.”

And also “She will be phenomenal because of her struggles. She will not struggle in vain. She has purpose. Purpose to overcome and live a beautiful life.”

Thanks for the good, hard cry, Leah!


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Chris Harrison Calls BS on Arie Luyendyk Break-Up Story

Arie Luyendyk Jr. may be ready for his Happily Ever After to begin.

But many questions still remain.

On Monday and Tuesday nights, ABC viewers across the nation were treated for whiplash after Arie proposed to Becca Kufrin on The Bachelor finale…

… only to turn dump her on national television mere minutes later (about a month later in real life time)…

… and then propose to runner-up Lauren Burnham on the After the Final Rose special the following evening.

You’ve heard it said and teased for many years, but this truly was the most shocking Bachelor finale of all-time.

And while Burnham says she’s thrilled to be with Arie and completely trusting that he won’t change his mind once again, many Internet users have understandable questions.

Heck, even Chris Harrison has a question.

Yes, the man who has represented The Bachelor since its inception and who takes pride in its many twists and turns has come out and wondered what Luyendyk was thinking.

To some extent, at least.

Just consider what Arie said on Good Morning America, referring to Becca being chosen as The Bachelorette and his assertion that he actually had this in mind when he broke her heart in front of ABC cameras.

“I wanted her that opportunity, honestly, I wanted her that opportunity to be the potential Bachelorette.”

Oh, yes, Arie is alleging that he humiliated Kufrin on purpose because he knew it would propel her to reality TV stardom.

Asked about that claim by E! News, even Harrison was taken aback.

“Well, then he was thinking far ahead of the game,” the host said, adding of The Bachelorette selection:

“That’s a decision that the Bachelors are never involved in…

“So unless he was just being incredibly creative and thinking as a producer and trying to produce the show as well as break up with a girl and make the switch, which, if he did, I am incredibly impressed.”

Harrison is alone in this final thought.

Not many folks out there are impressed by Arie.

Most are incredibly turned off; first that he chose Becca and then decided on Lauren instead, just a few weeks later.

But mostly because Arie fooled Becca into thinking she was going on a romantic getaway — only to then shatter her heart into a million piece, all while the cameras rolled.

Harrison, however, is happy to defend the way the series chose to shoot this unusual situation.

“I will never ever say that we’re always right in what we do, but I definitely stand by showing what we showed and how we showed it. I really do,” he said.

Chris continued in his chat with E! News:

“It’s funny that people often say, ‘The show can be edited. It’s scripted and you guys made him do this and made him do that.’

“And then when we show you completely uncut, unedited, no bells or whistles, everybody’s really pissed off. I find the irony in that tragically funny.

“So you just want the cupcake with the sprinkles on top or do you want to know how it’s made?”

It certainly can be argued that the audience was complicit in how this played out.

Do they not demand drama from The Bachelor and other reality shows?

Do they not tune in to witness heartbreak, to make fun of women for crying over a guy that barely know?

“For me, as a producer and a host and a friend to everybody, I think it was the right thing to do,” Harrison concluded.

“I like the way it was shown. Not all the time, but particularly for this situation, I just thought, ‘You know what, let’s show this warts and all for all it is.’

“Relationships aren’t always pretty. They’re not always perfect. It doesn’t always work. And you can’t just show the pretty parts.

“That’s not how the world works, that’s not how love works.

“So I’m OK with showing the nasty and the ugly and the sad sometimes because that’s what makes the good stuff so good. It’s what makes when it really works.”

In the end, come on Chris:

Let’s not pretend anything about The Bachelor is symbolic of love or romance or relationships of any kind.

Let’s not pretend this break-up was filmed as any sort of life lesson.

It was filmed because it made headlines and it garnered ratings… and we love Becca and we wish her all the best, but you know what?

That’s okay!

This is a television show. What else is it supposed to really care about?


Claire Holt Shares Heartbreaking Miscarriage Story

Claire Holt has shared a message on Instagram that no woman ever wants to share.

But it’s one the actress deemed too important to keep to herself.

In a heartbreaking caption, the former Vampire Diaries and Originals star tells followers that she recently suffered a miscarriage.

“I took this photo 10 days ago, as I waited for surgery after my sweet little baby lost its heartbeat,” Holt says to open her post, which is included alongside a picture of herself in a hospital gown and bed.

She then adds of Matt Kaplan and the basis for the selfie:

“I sent it to my fiancé in the waiting room to show him that I was ok. I wasn’t. I’ve never felt more broken in my life.”

Why did Holt decide to make this personal pain into a public statement?

“I debated sharing this so soon and I’m still frightened about making such a private struggle public, but I’m doing it anyway because it’s important,” she explains, prior to delving into a lot more detail.

Out of respect for what Holt went through, we’re just going to post the rest of her caption word-for-word, letting her powerful words speak for themselves…

(Editor’s note: D&C stands for “dilation and curettage procedure.”)

After my D & C, I spent hours on the internet searching for women who had been through it.

I was desperate to find someone, anyone, who could relate to what I was feeling. Someone to tell me that the depression and hopelessness were normal. That it wasn’t my fault. That I wasn’t broken forever.

I found a community of women who shared my exact experience. Who were open and vulnerable about miscarriage, something that isn’t often or openly discussed.

It breaks my heart to think that losing a baby feels like something we have to keep to ourselves. Why is it any different than the death of a loved one? How is it any less meaningful?

Here is what I have learned as I begin to crawl out of the dark hole: support is everything. I could not have survived this without the unconditional love of my partner.

Despite his pain, he was my rock and my safety net. I will never know how to thank him. I also found that opening up to people is crucial.

As soon as I told my story, almost everyone I spoke to told me theirs – their own, their wife’s, their sister’s. So many people go through it and understand the breadth of pain, yet so few people talk about it.

Finally, I want to share a blog post that resonated with every part of me.

You can find the link in my bio, @leandramcohen of @manrepeller articulates the emotional rollercoaster with an eloquence that I could never possess.

To anyone out there who has been through a miscarriage, I understand you. I share every bit of your pain and you are not alone. Please be kind to yourself and I hope that you will be comfortable sharing your story too.

The link Holt is referring to takes on to THIS POST.

It’s most definitely worth reading if you’ve been through anything like Holt has, or even if you just know someone who has suffered this kind of tragedy.

It’s devastating.

We send our thought to Claire Holt and to all the other women who have suffered a miscarriage.

At least Holt can take solace in knowing she isn’t alone.