Back in June, former Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel was diagnosed with and hospitalized for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which, as the Mayo Clinic puts it, “your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.”
He has been undergoing extensive treatment and rehabilitation for the disease ever since in an effort to recover from it as quickly as possible. As he continues on the road to recovery, Wuerffel has been releasing updates on his condition through Desire Street Ministries, of which he is the executive director. Below is his latest [truncated] update:
“Life is tough.”
I remember hearing those words often growing up, especially from my father when things weren’t going my way. I hated those words as a kid…and I still do. [...]
I’ve been battling with GBS for over six months now, and the difficulties in my life related to the illness continue to make life much harder than I want.
Overall, I’m doing better and I’m thankful for the progress (most people tell me I don’t look sick anymore, and some days I can be pretty active). But I regularly feel like I don’t have the ability to accomplish even a few simple things each day. For various reasons, I haven’t been able to do many of the activities that bring me joy. What’s worse, if I try to “push” through a day, I’ll end up in worse shape.
I “pushed” through a family trip to Virginia for Thanksgiving. We had a nice visit with my wife’s mother and her family, but the trip took its toll. I spent the following Monday in bed all day with a bad headache.
Life is tough.
Being sick is tough. Raising kids is wonderful but tough. Marriage is beautiful but also tough. Ministry is often tough. And that’s before you throw in hurricanes and GBS. Perhaps those words from my father revealed more truth than I realized. [...]
Life has a lot of seasons, and some of them are filled with joy, gladness and celebration. There are many times to laugh and smile. [...]
I just happen to be in a tough one right now. It’s Winter for this Wuerffel. I’m like the Indianapolis Colts (not far removed from the joys of a Superbowl…but 0-12 this year).
I trust a new season is on the way. God will bring me Spring when He is ready. He just wants to meet me in the Winter right now.
I remember my father’s words, “Life is tough, Danny.”
He was right.
God bless you,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will forward them to the appropriate contact.