More than a week ago, we shared the grim news that Ashley Martson was back in the hospital.
Her husband, Jay Smith, stayed right by her side throughout the harrowing ordeal.
Now, Ashley is back home.
She's held a Q&A on social media so that she can open up to fans about the ups and downs of her recovery.
Ashley delivers an update on her marriage to Jay, too.
Ashley was hospitalized for an extended stay
When Jay shared a glimpse of her in her hospital room, she had already been at the hospital for nearly a week.
This was not the first time
Ashley has a number of ongoing health troubles that stem from lupus. Earlier this year, she was found unresponsive at home and rushed to the hospital with kidney failure.
She had kidney failure
They had hoped that putting her on the right medication could handle the problem without having to do a kidney transplant. Clearly, it was not all smooth sailing after that.
Now, she's back home
She even held a Q&A on Instagram so that she could update her followers on how things are going.
So, how is life without cameras treating her?
This dancing image says it all, even if Ashley herself doesn't seem to feel like dancing.
Are things better now?
Between Ashley and Jay, absolutely. The secrecy and lies, which she says were the result of 90 Day Fiance meddling with her life, were so much.
Now she can breathe free!
Clearly, the hiding and lying were too much for her.
Now for the real question
How is Ashley recovering? "Yes. I'm doing okay. Each day is better. I'm enjoying Jay doing everything."
Recently, she gave an example of that
Followers saw a short video of Jay feeding Ashley grapes. That's really cute and romantic.
We're sure Jay doesn't mind
Most of us have cared for a loved one when they were sick. Those of us who have waited hand and foot on the chronically ill know that it can be difficult at times, but that you'll never regret having been there for someone you love.
We're glad that they're still together
For a while, it seemed like they were over. But, as Ashley recently revealed, that was all smoke and mirrors
Faking things gave them a lot of trouble
Honestly? Most fans understand that she and Jay couldn't be forthright. What gives so many people pause was that Jay was running a fake "leak" account, and even other 90 Day Fiance stars didn't know.
Ashley made one thing clear
She really, truly has lupus, though she of course wishes that she did not
And she can prove it, too
We hope that no one actually believes that she was faking her lupus.
It's good that they're having this time together
Between Jay's cheating scandal right after their wedding and their more recent fraud scandal, their marriage has been tumultuous -- to say nothing of two major hospitalizations.
But yes, they're still married
And they plan to stay that way
Revealing it broke her NDA
Ashley and Jay will still appear on 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?
To be fair, though ...
Fans already knew that the "Happily Ever After?" question for Colt and Larissa is a big fat "NO." It doesn't really hurt that we now know that, for Ashley and Jay, it's a "yes."
To be honest ...
... Those of us who keep track of this sort of thing already knew that Ashley and Jay were still together. They didn't have to break their NDA.
Clearly, they were just sick of the lies
As that one fan suggests, now they can "breathe free" and live authentically. You'd be surprised how much of a difference that makes for some people.
Still, we worry about Ashley's health
She is in a world of hurt and she deserves better -- no matter WHAT you may think about her and Jay's fraud scandal.
They love each other
They couldn't let go of each other, even after Jay cheated. Maybe this time together will only cement their bond, even if it's spent while Ashley is recovering.
We can't wait to see their adventures on Happily Ever After?
Remember, we may know their relationship status, but there's a lot that went on at that time that we just don't know about.