Danny Wuerffel continues to get stronger

By Adam Silverstein
July 6, 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. Wednesday morning, Wuerffel released the following message to friends and fans through Desire Street Ministries, of which he is the executive director.

Dear Friends,

As I move into the second month of my battle with Guillain Barre, I’m finally starting to feel more like a person and less like a patient. And I’m getting stronger.

I can get around the house pretty well and have started rehab. I’m doing some push-ups, knee bends (which is the medical term for wimpy squats without any weight), and have been able to ride the stationary bike a little (for all you folks who think now is the time to finally beat me at something, you better hurry up cause I’m coming back strong, baby! 🙂

But in addition to getting stronger, I’m also learning a lot about strength. And this morning at 5:45am, my teacher was a turtle.

As he slowly walked across the yard, I wondered how long it would take for him to get to the bushes 10 feet away. But he stopped walking, stuck his head up and just sat still, like he was waiting for something. After about 30 minutes of watching a still turtle make no progress, I began a morning devotion.

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Pray for me that while my body begins to regain its physical strength, I’ll continue to sit and wait, drawing from the well that overflows with everlasting strength.

At 7:05am, I could hear my kids crying inside, and my official day had begun. The turtle still hadn’t moved…he out-waited me.

God bless you,
Danny

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.

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