Danny Wuerffel “overwhelmed” by support

By Adam Silverstein
June 30, 2011

A few weeks ago, Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel was diagnosed with and hospitalized for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which, as the Mayo Clinc puts it, “your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.” Though he is not forced to stay in the hospital overnight, Wuerffel has been undergoing extensive treatment for the disease in an effort to recover from it as quickly as possible.

He continues to receive outpatient treatment and is on the road to recovery. Thursday morning, Wuerffel released the following message to friends and fans through Desire Street Ministries, of which he is the executive director.

“When I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Dear Friends,

Once again, I find myself continuing to be overwhelmed with gratitude for all the love and support that’s come to me and my family. I’ve found so much comfort and encouragement in all the messages I’ve received. It’s really amazing. I wouldn’t wish Guillain Barre on anyone, but I have treasured this part of the experience. (It really motivates me to do a better job expressing my love and support for others on a regular basis, not just during bad times).

I continue to make some progress each day, although it’s been slower and less steady than I would like. I’ve started some physical therapy (praise the Lord I’m already able to do something), but that’s been pretty humbling as well. I still am very weak and my energy level is sporadic.

The Doctor said I should probably be back to NORMAL by the beginning of August. (My wife was hoping I might end up BETTER because of the gamma globulin treatment–helping around the house more. I was hoping it would grow hair… With no signs of change on either front, it seems we’re both out of luck and NORMAL sounds like a good goal. 🙂 ) Sometimes I think an August recovery is really conservative (like when I think I’ll be ready to go to the gym or play tennis next week), and other times I think that’s pretty aggressive (like when I had to take a nap just thinking about doing a couple of knee-bends and a few pushups this morning).

Regardless of the future, the reality is…I am weak. It’s not comfortable and definitely not fun. It’s scary to not know what lies ahead in this journey, especially because it’s completely out of my control. But I sense God is strengthening my soul and inviting me to live in a deeper and more authentic way.

I am weak, but it’s okay…

I’m strangely thankful.

Once again, thanks for all your love and support. It means the world to me.

God bless,
Danny

PS. One last thing. Yesterday, my 2-yr-old daughter Macy jumped into my lap and emphatically proclaimed her daddy would get better. I agreed with her and said that’s exactly what the Doctor said. She responded, “No Daddy…not the Doctor. God is going to make you better.” Seems her faith and theology are ahead of mine.

Wuerffel has requested that any gifts, donations or letters of support be made to DSM rather than him personally. Should you wish to send any of the aforementioned, please direct them to adam@onlygators.com, and I will forward them to the appropriate contact.

6 Comments

  1. Sjkoepp says:

    Wow. What great strength of character and will this man has. Couldn’t have given the Heisman to a better guy. Really great focus on life and how we should deal with struggle. Keep it up Danny!

  2. SC Gator says:

    I about did a spit take on him commenting that he hoped it would trigger hair growth. Glad to hear he is doing better.

  3. npgator says:

    He is an icredible person – Godspeed Danny!

  4. Timmy T says:

    How awesome is this guy? Best of luck to you Danny.

  5. scooterp says:

    I know Tebow probably gets the most votes in the discussion of Gator Greats, but there has always been a quiet strength and humbleness about Danny. He’s the genuine article and a fantastic human being. Get well soon, Danny! We’ll be praying for you.

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