Saturday, September 3, 2011

Danny Wuerffel's "Humbling" Journey

Pat Dooley, of the Gainesville Sun, has a great piece today on Danny's Wuerffel's ongoing recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare auto-immune disease.  Below is an excerpt, but please read the whole story here.

It was 5 a.m. in Montgomery, Ala., and Danny Wuerffel was sleeping in a bedroom in a bad neighborhood he was trying to help because that’s what Danny Wuerffel does. When he opened the door, he was surprised who was doing the knocking.
“It was the doctor who had been running tests on me,” Wuerffel said. “I said to him, ‘You’re probably not here to tell me I’m fine.’ And he said, ‘I figured out that you have Guillain-Barre Syndrome. And I wanted to see if you were still breathing.”
And so it began almost three months ago, the journey that has been an eye-opener and a leg-weakener. Florida’s first national championship quarterback is still not all the way back, but he’s closing in.

He’s better now but not great. Fatigue is still an issue. His three children are getting their father back slowly. He has assured them he will be the old daddy they knew. Recently, he was explaining to his sons how the doctors were going to make him better. His 2-year-old Macy corrected him.
“No, daddy, God will make you better.”
The struggle continues. Not surprisingly, he has turned a near-tragedy into a positive. Because, well, that’s what Danny Wuerffel does. Hurricane Katrina ravaged his home in 2005, he recovered and made Desire Street bigger and better.
“I see this as a gift,” he said. “I look at my life and see all that I was trying to do. The Lord forced me to slow down and reflect on some things. I want to be a good father and a good husband and impact lives for many years to come.
“At the pace I was going, I wouldn’t have lasted in a healthy way. It has been humbling to go from a strong, healthy guy to someone who can’t ride a bike or go swimming or go play soccer.”

Please join us in continuing to pray for Danny, but also for his wife and their children.

"In all kinds of weather we all stick together for  F-L-O-R-I-D-A!"