Wuerffel’s recovery may take another year

By Adam Silverstein
October 18, 2011

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 Clinc 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:

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Dear Friends,

I am tired…and I’m really tired of being tired!

I’m over 4 months into my battle with Guillain Barre. The optimistic part of me (the part most of you usually see) is very grateful that I’m making progress and is truly thankful for this incredible spiritual journey I’ve been able to take as a result of the illness.

But truth be told, there is another part of me that feels just like my son. “Lord, fix it and fix it now! What’s taking so long?!”

Three times last week I woke up with a few plans for the day. Not many, just a few. After helping the kids get up and ready for school, I lied down for a short rest before starting the day…and slept for 3-4 hours each time.

It’s hard for me to schedule anything because I’m never quite sure how I’ll feel in the future. Sometimes I feel pretty good, other times really tired, and sometimes I get so worn out that I have a bad headache and life is quite uncomfortable.

A doctor told me last week this could last for another year or more…Really?! As much as I’m ready to be past all this—as much as I’ve prayed it would go away—I’m realizing it is simply part of my current reality. […]

My body is weak and tired, but my heart is growing each day. My soul feels more and more anchored, better prepared for the harder things in life. My spirit feels lighter, as if the breeze of the Spirit might lift me gently off the ground for a stroll in the clouds.

The refiner’s fire is molding and shaping a deeper and better me.

I’m thankful…and I press on.

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 adam@, and I will forward them to the appropriate contact.[/EXPAND]


  1. Gatorbuck says:

    What an amazing guy. Kind of puts things like a few tough football losses in perspective.
    God bless, Danny. Praying for your recovery to come sooner rather than later.

  2. SaraGator says:

    As frustrating as it is, Danny needs to listen to his doctors and his body. A year will come soon enough.

    Our prayers are still with you, Danny!

  3. sherri bell says:

    i will keep you in my prayers get well soon
    a gator fan

  4. Joe says:

    Thanks for the update!

  5. Joe says:

    2 Chorinthians 12: 7-10. God Bless you Danny.

  6. chigator says:

    Danny is a class act and I hope that he makes a full recovery. Really great quote, too:

    “The refiner’s fire is molding and shaping a deeper and better me.”

  7. CeeThree says:

    prayers go out to #7.

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