State of Origin hero opens up on his shock diagnosis with a debilitating disease at age 39 that left him unable to butter bread or open doors
Rugby league great Carl Webb has revealed he is fighting motor neurone disease but is tackling the life-threatening condition head-on.
The 39-year-old former NRL star was diagnosed with MND earlier this year, leaving him struggling to complete basic tasks after his barnstorming football career.
'Oh it's everything, opening car doors, buttering bread, trying to do buttons up on your little kids uniform,' he told A Current Affair.
他在接受A Current Affair采访时说：“哦，这是一切，打开车门，在面包上涂黄油，试着扣上你的小孩制服上的纽扣。”
'Anything that you can imagine is challenging now and it's getting more challenging.'
Webb was one of Australia's toughest footballers who played State of Origin for Queensland and represented the Indigenous All Stars in his 187-game career.
But on the other side of his playing career his body has started failing him, with the debilitating illness attacking him from the inside.
MND causes muscle weakness by attacking nerve cells making it difficult to breathe and move.
Webb was working as a miner when he was diagnosed with the disease and began doing research on the ailment.
The disease has no cure and the only medications available only slow down the effects of the sickness.
'All of that was really confronting and it still is confronting,' Webb said. 'I'm still quite capable at the moment and independent however I'm under no illusions as to what's to come in the future.'
After being diagnosed, Webb moved into disability housing in Brisbane.
He has good days and bad days and said losing his strength is having the worst impact on him.
Webb's eldest son is aware of his father's condition, and though his three younger children don't understand the specifics, they know their dad is sick.
The former powerful forward said he is not about to roll over and is working to make life easier for other sufferers of MND.
He launched the Carl Webb Foundation which raises money for people battling MND, offering $2,000 grants for things like modifications to bathrooms and cars.
他创办了卡尔·韦伯基金会(Carl Webb Foundation)，为抗击MND的人们筹集资金，提供2000美元赠款，用于改装卫生间和汽车等。
'Sure it is a terrible condition however if I can make something positive of it, through awareness and raising a little money then I'm happy with that,' Webb said.