Audrey Roloff suffers from unusual illness that has her knocked out

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 14, 2018
07:55 A.M.

Audrey Roloff can’t get a break as illnesses keep finding her. The Little People, Big World star revealed on Tuesday that she was diagnosed with an unusual disease.


In an Instagram post, Roloff announced that she’d caught the mononucleosis virus. Her doctor recommended that she rest as much as possible for the next 2 months.

Earlier this year Audrey Roloff, 26, dealt with persistent mastitis. Now she’s tackling an unusual illness that has her winded.

Roloff, 10-month-old Ember’s mother, took to Instagram with a slideshow of photos of the little girl to share her latest diagnosis. The star shared that she’d been feeling quite rundown since last week


As an athlete who had a history of being ‘injury prone’ she trained herself to pay attention to the warning signs given to her by her body. She decided to go to the urgent care where medical professionals originally thought to test her for strep and pregnancy.

After watching a friend go through similar symptoms while in college, Roloff suggested that she could possibly have mononucleosis. The illness is also known as mono or ‘the kissing disease.’

‘The past week I’ve been feeling so rundown and have been experiencing a lot of abdominal pain. I thought it was just from stress of working on the edits for our book, getting ready to travel out of town for a work trip, and Ember waking up in the night to nurse (which has been happening for the past 3 weeks.. teething).’

Audrey Roloff, Instagram, June 12, 2018

According to the Mayo Clinic, the mononucleosis virus can be caught through saliva. It’s often transmitted during kissing but can also be transmitted through a cough or sneeze as well as sharing a glass or utensil with an infected person.

Roloff explained in her post that the doctor informed her that they usually saw the virus in teenagers and college students but opted to test her to be sure. When the tests came back he said, ‘I think you’re the first breastfeeding mom I’ve ever seen test POSITIVE for Mono...'


The star was surprised as she had not gone around making out with people and sharing drinks. The doctor then advised her to try and rest as much as she could for the next 4 to 8 weeks.

Roloff emphasized in her post that she felt mothers shouldn’t be allowed to get the virus.

She added that she was praying she wouldn’t pass it on to her daughter and husband, Jeremy Roloff. The reality star chose to look at the bright side concluding her post by saying that at least she had the cutest baby girl to cheer her up.

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