He thought he was going to die.
The Property Brothers have been turning drab houses into fab homes for a decade. Turn on HGTV and you’re sure to see twins Jonathan and Drew Scott wheeling and dealing with their clients. But did you know that there is a third Scott brother?
JD is the oldest of the Scott brothers at 43 and he’s engaged to be married to Annalee Belle. Everything was going well. His brothers renovated a home for him and his fiancee, wedding plans were progressing — and then he got sick. Really, really sick. He thought he was dying. What happened to him and what’s his prognosis? Who is JD Scott?
1. He’s the oldest brother
Life must have been pure chaos in the Scott household when JD, Jonathan and Drew were growing up. He’s the online host for the behind the scenes coverage of Brother Vs. Brother. He’s also been on a number of his brothers’ other shows. He is featured on HGTV series Property Brothers at Home and Property Brothers Forever Home.
2. He’s a celebrity impersonator
JD is a writer and founding member of Canadian sketch comedy group YFG. He’s performed as a celebrity impersonator on stage in Las Vegas. He impersonates David Bowie and Adam Lambert. He’s also worked in the construction industry like his brothers renovating and flipping houses.
3. His illness
Over the past 14 months JD has been battling a mysterious illness. He took to his Instagram to share a video about what he’s been going through. With his fiancé Annalee Belle by his side, he said: “I’ve been quite sick for the last 14 months. It started around May and there had been some symptoms before that, but ended up in the hospital because things got really bad, and that began the whole process. That event was so bad, I thought I was dying. I was preparing all my estate and everything for Annalee.”
4. His symptoms
JD experienced extreme sensitivity to heat. Anything over 70 degrees made him feel like his skin was on fire and would make him pass out. Sometimes he was out of commission for days. This made doctors believe that something was wrong with his brain. He had a number of MRIs and doctors decided to treat his symptoms like they were lupus. Months later they decided it wasn’t lupus and said he had a brain aneurysm. Then they said he had two brain aneurysms. JD finally went to see a specialist and was diagnosed with a nummular headache. He was put on meds which heled wth the crawling feeling JD had on his skull, but not the other symptoms.
5. Forever Home
While JD was going through all these doctor visits and tests, he and Annalee were also having their house renovated on the show Forever Home. Annalee, a makeup artist, was doing makeup on the show and found out there was a Functional Doctor — a medical professional who uses natural and homeopathic approaches to illnesses — on set. The doctor took 25 vials of blood from JD and discovered that he had a severe infection. JD said of the doctor, “He said it’s possible that it has been there for quite a while, and that would have been setting off all these responses. My body was trying to fight it.” The infection was just discovered in June. JD was put on a round of antibiotics and an elimination diet and he’s getting better, slowly but surely.
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based freelance writer covering entertainment, pop culture, beauty, fashion, fitness, technology, and the intersection of technology, business, and philanthropy. She is deeply devoted to her chocolate Labrador and an avid long distance runner. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.