Back in September of 2021, Teen Mom 2 fans were overjoyed by the news of Leah Messer and Jaylan Mobley’s relationship.
Leah, after all, had experienced some terrible luck in the romance department, and Jaylan seemed to represent a long overdue reversal of fortune.
Of course, no relationship is perfect, and Leah and Jaylan have faced their share of minor challenges in the months since they started dating.
Mobley made his Teen Mom debut earlier this month when he visited Leah on the set of Teen Mom: Family Reunion.
During their time on the show together, Leah confessed to Jaylan that she worries about the possibility that she’ll sabotage the relationship.
Mobley reassured her that he wouldn’t be driven away easily, and the season concluded on a hopeful note.
Viewers loved the dynamic between these lovebirds, and they looked forward to seeing Jaylan’s interactions with Leah’s daughter once the two of them returned to normal life.
Unfortunately, it seems that the fans will have to wait just a little while longer for that.
Jaylan paid a visit to Leah’s home on Tuesday’s episode of TM2, but her girls were not home at the time.
Fortunately, Messer seized the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with Mobley about her daughters’ hopes, dreams, and unique challenges.
“They’re not here right now. They’re with their dad. I have Addie basically all the time, she’ll go to her grandparents’ on the weekend, but for the most part, she’s with me,” Leah explained to her houseguest.
“From what I see, like through social media, just like their personalities, you know what I mean? Their different personalities,” Jaylan replied.
“Yeah, but they’re so much fun. The twins, they’re amazing. They’re pretty cool. Addie is …” said Leah.
“Addie is in her own world, always,” Leah agreed.
“She makes you laugh when she’s not even trying,” Jaylan laughed.
From there, the talk turned to Leah’s daughter Ali, who suffers from muscular dystrophy.
“Ali, she’s so independent. She has Titin’s myopathy, which is a rare form of muscular dystrophy,” Messer explained.
“When she breaks down her muscles, there’s no way of gaining that strength back without some kind of cure or treatment, which we don’t have,” she continued.
“She’s so strong-willed. Most of the time, she wants to walk. She doesn’t want to use her wheelchair. I think eventually she’ll understand, I’m not holding you back. I want you to walk too, that’s why I’m having you use the wheelchair so you can stay walking.”
Some fans revealed that they were surprised by the scene, as Leah rarely unburdens herself to people outside of her inner circle.
The conversation seemed to be an indication of how close she and Jaylan have become.
“I like you, and because we’re trying to get to know each other, I’m trying to be vulnerable and honest and get to know you more,” Leah said.
“I don’t drop this stuff onto anyone. Just telling you about my kids, that’s all. I love them. They’re my life.”
“Thank you, I appreciate you being honest with me,” Jaylan replied.
“When that time comes, I’m really excited to meet ‘em. Hopefully we get to that point where I can meet them.”
From there, Leah gushed about Jaylan and the connection they share in a confessional segment, telling viewers:
“There’s so much about Jaylan that I feel like that feels different.
“He just is connected in a way that I’ve never experienced with someone else. It’s like he gets it.
“The biggest thing that I was anxious about is just him not having kids and me having not just one kid, but three kids and a child with special needs and him just being understanding of that and I think he was really receptive.
“He’s a good listener, he’s compassionate. That’s why he’s quote unquote ‘winning the damn race,’ OK ladies?
“So, keep your options open until someone’s winning the race, that’s all I’m gonna say.”
Is Leah hinting that she was dating multiple people when she and Jaylan first got together?
Well, whatever the case, at this point, it looks as though he has officially won the race!
Alongside the many ups and downs of Leah Messer’s life, one part of her story has never changed: Aliannah.
In 2014, Ali was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of Muscular Dystrophy.
Teen Mom 2 viewers have followed Leah and Ali’s journey, always hoping for good news about the 12-year-old’s prognosis and treatment.
This week, Leah shared some very welcome good news.
On Thursday, March 17, Leah Messer gave an update to her followers about Ali’s latest visit to Dr. Tsao.
“An update from Alis MD appt yesterday!” Leah began in her caption.
“All great things,” Leah raved.
“He sees more of an improvement than he ever has, mind & body,” Leah shared.
“He said what he sees is remarkable,” she added.
Leah explained that Dr. Tsao found it remarkable “because she seems a lot stronger.”
“700+ of her type of #MuscularDystrophy,” Leah added.
She is of course referring to how Leah’s type of muscular dystrophy is not as rare as it was just 8 years ago.
“He gave a lot of credit to her love, hard work, and dedication to reaching horseback riding goals,” Leah noted.
Leah emphasized that these were goals “that she sets for herself.”
“Reflex is still the same,” she acknowledged, “but strength is better.
“Pulmonary is better,” Leah added, “weight and growth chart is better than it has ever been.”
“He even asked to take a photo with her,” Leah detailed.
“We love Dr. Tsao and are so grateful for his practices and guidance over the years,” she gushed.
“Keep working hard and staying dedicated Ali girl,” Leah expressed.
“We love you and are so proud of you!” Leah raved.
“A special thanks to all of you,” she concluded, “who believe in and support my girl.”
Certainly, it is safe to say that all of us are Team Ali.
Though viewers have watched both of Leah’s twins grow up, Ali’s health journey has been of particular interest — and concern.
The 12-year-old’s form of Muscular Dystrophy is called Titin Myopathy.
At the time that she was diagnosed, she was the first-ever child with the diagnosis … and there were only 20 cases in the world.
Now, that number has grown exponentially.
It may sound odd to celebrate a broadening diagnosis of a life-altering condition.
However, more people being diagnosed does not neessarily mean more people with Titin Myopathy, just more people who know that they have it.
The more people who have a condition, the more “cohorts” they have — that is, the more opportunities for treatment and study.
Ali’s improvement in these areas, as reported by Leah, is remarkable.
What worked for her could work for others with her still-rare-but-less-so form of MD. And, even if it doesn’t work for everyone, could still help lead to better treatments.
Muscular Dystrophy actually refers to a group of neuromuscular diseases, each of which result in the breakdown of muscle.
However, Ali’s prognosis is better than it once seemed, with Leah recently sharing how she could expect to live a full life because of which organs remain unaffected.
Even so, a cure would be amazing — for Ali, for others with Titin Myopathy, and for countless others with other forms of Muscular Dystrophy.