‘A systematic killer’: Former Origin star candidly opens up on battle with motor neurone illness

Former Broncos and Cowboys star Carl Webb has opened up on his harrowing battle with motor neurone illness.

Webb has been battling the illness since 2020, admitting he needed to google what MND was when his specialist recognized him with it.

Motor Neurone Disease or MND is a uncommon dysfunction that steadily assaults the nervous system which in flip weakens the muscular tissues. Other signs can embrace slurred speech, muscle twitching and swallowing difficulties.

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Speaking with Yvonne Sampson on Fox League’s Face-to-Face, Webb, who mentioned “strength had always been a big part of my game”, revealed he went and acquired checked out after struggling to do menial duties.

“Just struggling to button up my shirt, holding a dinner plate and a cup to go back to the table for a meal,” Webb mentioned.

Carl Webb opens up on his battle with MND.Source: FOX SPORTS

“Initially I just thought it could be a back injury or something spinal, I’ll go check that out. Then I couldn’t even do 10 push ups, and strength had always been a big part of my game so I thought ‘that’s really odd.’

“That simple exercise was really tough, and I thought there is something really wrong here. I better go get it checked out.

The specialist said this could be MND. At the start I thought ‘what the hell is MND?’.

“It wasn’t until I walked out of the specialist office and googled it, and it was a baseball bat to the head. Everything was a blur for a couple of days. I was still hoping it’s not MND, and something more simple.

“Deep down I knew there was something wrong and after a few more tests it was confirmed.”


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Carl Webb throughout his time with the North Queensland Cowboys.Source: News Corp Australia

There isn’t any identified treatment for MND. Webb describes the illness as a “systematic killer” which is “moving through to his legs” after starting within the high half of his physique.

“It is a systematic killer, which is why I’m grateful I can get ahead of it and at least keep my mental strength,” he mentioned.

According to the Brain Foundation, MND impacts over 2000 individuals in Australia with two recognized with the illness each day.

Asked by Sampson whether or not he had any regrets, Webb, who performed 187 NRL video games over 12 seasons together with 15 Origins for Queensland, mentioned he “wouldn’t change a thing.”

“I’ve got a lot of regrets in life and I will live with those and I’m quite happy to but if I didn’t have my journey I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he mentioned.

“I’m happy. I’m cool with it, it was a really good ride.

“Life after football was great, I’ve had my wonderful children. If I didn’t do that, I wouldn’t have this.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow but I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Source web site: www.foxsports.com.au

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