Former Bachelorette star Emily Maynard thought about 2020 in her Instagram story

Emily Maynard ponders the ups and downs of 2020, including when she was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy in September

The Bachelorette alum, 34, shared a number of posts on her Instagram Story Friday She was lying on a foil with an eye patch over her face

“I have bell palsy and had to wear a patch,” Maynard wrote on the photo, adding that it was from September 2020

Bell’s palsy occurs when a nerve on the face is swollen or inflamed, causing symptoms such as muscle weakness, drooling, a drooping eyelid or corner of the mouth, twitching, or paralysis, which the Mayo Clinic says can come on quickly

Though Maynard didn’t share more details about her Bell’s paralysis, she began looking at the battle against health as a teenager

In her 2016 memoir, I said yes: my story of heartbreak, redemption, and true love Maynard writes about being diagnosed with Bell’s palsy during her junior year in high school

She said that her doctor told her “I would make a full recovery with corticosteroid medication, using an eye patch at night to sleep, and having a good old-fashioned time,” according to Entertainment Tonight >

“While I wasn’t thrilled that my symptoms weren’t going to completely go away for a few weeks, I was grateful it wasn’t anything serious,” she added

In her Instagram stories on Friday, Maynard also told her followers about her decision to keep her pregnancy a secret last year.She and her husband Tyler Johnson welcomed their daughter Magnolia Belle in October The latest addition is the fifth child for the reality Star and her fourth with Johnson

“Lots of questions about why I chose not to tell people about my pregnancy: Honestly, no real answer or plan,” she wrote on Friday. “There’s a lot going on in the world at this time and social media / news scared me so I just never posted it on Instagram After a while we decided it would be fun to surprise everyone with a new baby! “

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