Teen Mom 's Leah Messer Shares Update on Daughter Ali's Muscular Dystrophy Battle

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Never lose hope

For many years, Teen Mom 2 fans have watched Leah Messer advocate for 12-year-old daughter Ali, who was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy in 2014.

On March 17, the mother-daughter duo attended a doctor's appointment where they received good news. According to Leah, Ali's doctor "sees more of an improvement than he ever has" in the mind and body.

"He said what he sees is remarkable because she seems a lot stronger. 700+ of her type of #MuscularDystrophy," she wrote on Instagram. "He gave a lot of credit to her love, hard work and dedication to reaching horseback riding goals that she sets for herself. Reflex is still the same but strength is better—pulmonary is better—weight and growth chart is better than it has ever been. He even asked to take a photo with her."

Leah expressed gratitude for Dr. Tsao at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio for his practices and guidance over the years. She also gave credit to Ali for always having a positive, fighting spirit.

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"Keep working hard and staying dedicated Ali girl," she wrote. "We love you and are so proud of you! A special thanks to all of you who believe in and support my girl."

The uplifting post received overwhelming support from friends and fans including former Teen Mom 2 star Chelsea Houska.

"This gave me goosebumps!" she wrote in the comments section. "So incredible!!"

For six seasons of Teen Mom 2, Leah has documented her life as a girl mom to daughter Ali and her twin sister Aleeah, who she shares with ex Corey Simms. She also raises 9-year-old Adalynn with ex Jeremy Calvert. While her personal relationships have had ups and downs, the bond with her daughters has remained unbreakable.

"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had and dealing with fears you didn't know existed," Leah previously wrote on Instagram.

Teen Mom 2 airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on MTV.