Bachelor Nation’s Megan Marx Shares Rare Brain Disorder Diagnosis

Bachelor Australia star Megan Marx revealed that she has been diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia, a degenerative neurological disease: "Feeling grateful for my physical body right now."

By Alexandra Bellusci Jan 25, 2023 6:05 PMTags
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Megan Marx is sharing an update on her health.

The 33-year-old reality star, who appeared on season four of The Bachelor Australiatook to Instagram to tell her followers that she has been diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease called spinocerebellar ataxia, that affects the cerebellum and spinal cord and over time causes issues with coordination, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

"Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA6)," Megan wrote Jan. 23 alongside a car selfie. "Months of waiting for gene test results, I met with the neurologist on Friday. Shit news. Diagnosis. Some tears while Keith (Newman) took over the conversation. F--k huh!"

Megan went on to share her positive outlook after the diagnosis. 

"Feeling grateful for my physical body right now, in its present state, before neurological degeneration attempts to take some of me from me," she continued. "All the yays for love making and skinny dipping and hiking and painting and food-ing and bad dancing and awful conversations at bars."

Megan, who also appeared on The Challenge Australia, added, "Actually feeling grateful altogether. Many have worse diagnoses. Just some processing to do. Lots of living to do."

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Many reality stars shared their support for Megan with Bachelor in Paradise's Brittany Hockley writing, "My love… I am a phone call away if you need anything," and the Bachelorette's Beca Pressing commenting, "F--k. Not the results we were hoping for. I'm so sorry honey. I love you."

However, Megan continues to take the news in stride, replying to a friend's comment with wit, "I'm counting on you to help me do wheelies in my wheelchair when the time comes."


Megan first hit the screen in 2016 on Richie Strahan's season of The Bachelor. Although Richie had feelings for the influencer, she didn't feel the spark and took it upon herself to leave the mansion. 

Following season four, she dated Bachelor star Tiffany Scanlon before calling it quits in 2017, and ended up finding love with current boyfriend, Keith.

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