Wuerffel making progress in recovery

Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.

Former Florida quarterback great Danny Wuerffel continues to make progress in what is expected to be a lengthy recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

“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,” Wuerffel said in a message that was posted on the Desire Street Ministries' Web site. “And I'm getting stronger.”

Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman trophy winner, said he has started exercising. His attitude appears as positive as ever.

“I can get around the house pretty well and have started rehab,” Wuerffel said. “ 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 a 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!).”

Wuerffel, 37, was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome on June 10. The disorder occurs when the body's defense system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system, and can cause paralysis. Wuerffel said that in his case, it was diagnosed early and he's hopeful of making a full recovery, although he has expressed concern about possibly not regaining his full reflexes.

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