Ashley Olsen is battling late-stage Lyme disease, which she reportedly contracted through a tick bite. Ashley and sister Mary-Kate Olsen will not return for the “Fuller House” reunion slated for next year.
Ashley, 28, was diagnosed in the late stages of the incurable bacterial infection and has progressively gotten worse, Examiner reported.
“She’s really sick,” a source told OK! “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 dishevelled. And she’s often moody.”
Other celebrities who have been struggling with Lyme disease are pop star Avril Lavigne and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Yolanda Foster, who was diagnosed with Lyme in 2012. Yolanda recently got a stem cell transplant to treat her illness, according to Examiner.
In January, Yolanda revealed she no longer has the ability to read, write or watch TV as a result of her illness.
“I have lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV, because I can’t process information or any stimulation for that matter,” said Yolanda, who encouraged everyone to participate in the Lyme Disease Challenge to raise awareness and funding.
Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacterial infection whose symptoms include neurological problems, joint pain, flu-like symptoms and chronic fatigue, said Dr. Richard Horowitz, author of Why Can’t I Get Better?
Ashley and her twin sister, Mary-Kate Olsen, shot to fame after they jointly played the role of Michelle Tanner in hit TV series, Full House, which ran from 1987 to 1995.
John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on Full House, confirmed Netflix is planning a 16-episode revival of the show, which will star Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber.
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen will not return for the “Fuller House” reunion, which debuts on Netflix in 2016.