The Bachelorette winner JP Rosenbaum was so weak when he got home from the hospital where he was treated for a rare autoimmune disease that he couldn't even pick up his young children.
It was the first time his wife, Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum, had ever seen him cry, the couple has revealed.
Last month, Rosenbaum, 42, was diagnosed in December with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.
This causes parts of the body - or in some cases the whole body - to be paralyzed.
However, after treatment to replace his blood plasma and intense physical therapy, he says he's recovered most of his motor skills.
In an interview with Good Morning America that aired on Tuesday, Rosenbaum opened up about the emotional effect the health scare had on his everyday life and family.
The Bachelorette stars JP Rosenbaum (left) and Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum (right) say he is mostly recovered following his battle with Guillain-Barré syndrome
Rosenbaum said his symptoms first began on the weekend before New Year's Eve. The rare disorder sees body's immune system attacks its peripheral nervous system and causes paralysis. Pictured: Rosenbaum at home recovering, left, and in the hospital, when he announced the diagnosis, right
Rosenbaum told correspondent Adrienne Bankert that the hardest part of his paralysis was not being able to be there for his kids.
'I can't hug my kids, pick up my kids, do anything for my kids. I don't want my kids to see me like this,' he said.
'I just burst into tears just 'cause I was scared and frustrated.'
Hebert Rosenbaum added: 'But I have to tell you, when he burst into tears, I've ever seen him cry. Ever.'
The couple said Rosenbaum's health issues began over one weekend in early December.
'He complained to me: "You know, my hands feel a little weird,"' Hebert Rosenbaum said.
'By the end of the day we had picked up a pizza for the weekend, it was Friday, and he couldn't carry the pizza.'
For most Guillain-Barré patients, the condition starts with muscle weakness, often following a viral infection, although it's not clear if this is what happened in Rosenbaum's case.
The condition is rare,