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Joost has debilitating illness

2011-05-12 19:33

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Former Springbok rugby captain Joost van der Westhuizen is fighting for his health after being diagnosed with a motor-neuron muscle disease.

GALLERY: Joost van der Westhuizen through the years

Health24: What is motor neuron disease?

The disease, which is apparently similar to the one that put one of his team-mates, Springbok flank André Venter in a wheelchair a few years ago, has been diagnosed as very serious and could have drastic implications for his health.

Van der Westhuizen, who led the Blue Bulls to Currie Cup victories in 1998 and 2002, and who is one of the most capped Springbok rugby players in the nation's history, complained to his personal doctor, Dr Henry Kelbrick, of pain in his arm and was immediately sent for a battery of tests to diagnose the outcome.

Once the diagnosis was made, the seriousness of the matter prompted Dr Kelbrick to send Van der Westhuizen to see two neurologists so that treatment could begin.

While neither Van der Westhuizen nor his immediate family have been available to comment, sources close to the player tell SuperSport.com that the disease is "very serious" and could have massive implications for his future.

"Sports personality Joost van der Westhuizen, has been diagnosed with a serious muscle-related motor neuron disease . Van der Westhuizen's doctor, Dr Kelbrick who is also a close family friend noticed that Joost was having problems with his right arm and ran a series of tests, van der Westhuizen also consulted two neurologists and has began immediate treatment. The symptoms are serious and vary from person to person," a statement from Van der Westhuizen's publicist, Bridget van Oerle said.

"The press is requested to respect his privacy at this time and note that neither he nor his family will be available for interviews."

Van der Westhuizen captained the Springboks to the semi-finals of the 1999 World Cup and was part of the 1995 World Cup winning squad. He was also a member of the 2003 World Cup squad which performed badly, being ousted in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

After that, Van der Westhuizen worked as a commentator for SuperSport for a number of years. He was most recently in the news for a series of personal scandals which saw the end of his marriage to singer and television personality Amor Vittone.

SuperSport

Comments
  • Snakes - 2011-05-12 19:44

    `The Press is requested to respect his privacy'' . And then they issue a press release?

      Thomas - 2011-05-12 23:25

      It means dont go and bother him or his family to find out more .. you guys are really DOF

      Dango - 2011-05-13 09:41

      As a personal friend of the family....this...ontop of the herpes...it's just too much.

  • Insane - 2011-05-12 20:01

    This is very sad to hear. No matter what anyone thinks of him, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Joost, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope the medical fraternity is able to help you.

      Tina - 2011-05-12 20:57

      I agree...very sad and something that is slowly debilatating ...you waste away...I am sure you would not like this to happen to anoyone you know , good or bad

      Lennox - 2011-05-12 21:13

      I saw Andre Venter on Pasella last night in a wheelchair and was quite moved considering that he was one of our top flankers in the same team as Joost, who was our top scrumhalf at the time. He has been through a tough period the last few years, God has forgiven him for his moments of indiscretion, he has given us plenty of good times on the rugby field from a Springbok persective. Its amazing how the public put sportsmen on a pedistal and then go all out to try and knock them off, like in Hansie's case as well. I wish that a lot of people would look at a persons positive side instead of focusing on the negative, because believe you me we all have skeletons in the closet, things we are not proud of. My sincere thoughts to him and his family.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-13 10:03

      Have to disagree on one point Lennox. We don't put them on the pedastal. They do that all to themselves, and when you do that, you better make sure you place yourself firmly on it so you don't fall off. But still not a nice thing to happen tho', to anybody, not because it's him. Would anybody have had the same sympathy had it been Malema? Some of the comments here are that we are not to judge anybody, everybody deserves a second chance........ Then surely we must think that way about everybody, not just a select few

  • Billy - 2011-05-12 20:04

    My mom died of MND a few months ago. This isn't a laughing matter folks. Its a hideous disease that strips the patient of dignity and quality of life. Joost needs support. Nothing he has done is worth this I promise you. Its terminal, progressive and depending on the type life expectancy is anywhere between 2 and 5 yrs. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

      Lightdancer. - 2011-05-12 20:23

      My condolences to you and your family Billy...yes, the journey ahead will be terrifying and terrible for Joost... Guys...the man/Joost needs support and not your sarcasm and judgment...show a little humanness... how many of you have fallen...now get over yourself and leave the man and his family and friends to come to terms with this...!!!

      Oukoos - 2011-05-12 20:45

      SCOVILLE, Even if you are right that it is “only” transverse myelitis, it is still serious as about one-third of people affected show no recovery at all, remaining wheelchair-bound or bedridden with marked dependence on others for basic functions of daily living. It is really sad news. No matter what Joost did or did not do in the past, he deserves our compassion. SCOVILLE, your cheap shot at Joost is despicable.

      Matt - 2011-05-12 22:12

      agreed Billy - most of these guys on this blog are a-holes!

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-12 22:52

      @Oukoos - I like you! You seem to be a man with wisdom - not just what you have said here, but from previous chats. I was very dissapointed with Joost about his mistakes in the past, but he is a rugby hero, one of the best to grace our fields. The fact that he is sick, is sad. I wish this on no man. I wish him the best for the future! As for these guys who are taking cheap shots at the man, you lack soul. Poor show!

      Jan - 2011-05-12 23:04

      Hi Billy, my mom also passed away of the same disease (omorrow, four years ago. I looked after her the whole time. It's a horrible disease that u don't wish on anyone, as u have seen! You are in ou prayers, we've both walked that path. Good luck and blessings, from another family member of MNDS. Xxx

      Richard - 2011-05-13 06:05

      I am not laughing at MND. I am laughing at Joost. Sorry to hear about your Mom. I am sure she had much more integrity than Joost and deserves much more respect.

      duduzile.dunicz - 2011-05-13 08:36

      From personal experience- anyone with a disability/illness deserves respect. We have to work so much harder than anyone else just to do the basic things like making food, going to the shops, holding down a job. And yes, holding onto our dignity when other people have to help us with basic tasks. This is not some "punishment" for past sins because everyone around us suffers too.

      LDP - 2011-05-13 17:52

      Sorry to hear Billy but thanks for saying this on here. MND is a fatal disease...it just depends on how long it takes to destroy your body's functioning. As Billy says, there is no quality of life with this disease and is a terrible way to go. Medicine isn't even close to curing/preventing MND. All you guys who are joking about this are heartless. Go actually read that explanation of MND and research it a bit more as to how it eventually results in death and then come comment here - I feel terrible for Joost...no one deserves this in life. I send my prayers to Joost and his family.

      Hayden - 2011-05-13 21:11

      Matthew 7:1 "Judge not lest ye be judged." Heavenly father full of mercy & grace i pray that you would supernaturally touch Joost from the inner most part of his being & allow the healing vurtures of your precious blood that has NEVER lost its power to flow through his body this very moment & miraclulously transform every abnormal organ or muscle in Jesus wonderful name. Thank you Lord for a great testimony of ..."look what the Lord has done!!!". For his family i further pray for hope, comfort & the peace the transcends all understanding as they await a positive outcome & for the people that are posting negative comments i pray that you would fill there hearts with abounding love that an illness like this can happen to the best or worst of people. PS: "Doctors have there literate opinions but i believe Jesus is the answer. Amen

  • Lightdancer. - 2011-05-12 20:09

    People you are all out of place..."he is seriously ill"...motor-neuron muscle disease is not the sickness you wish upon your worst enemy...never mind on a hero who made a mistake a fell...come on people... a little compassion goes a long way...

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-12 23:16

      Yep

  • Matt - 2011-05-12 20:10

    You guys are all heartless!

      Matt - 2011-05-12 20:55

      those who dislike really have an issue

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-13 23:36

      @Matt - perhaps it is because you call each and every person heartless - I have seen ALOT of heart too.

  • SST - 2011-05-12 20:15

    All the best Joost.

  • charmie0926 - 2011-05-12 20:18

    does this disease have a name?

      Enuff - 2011-05-13 07:25

      Scoville - you are just horrendous!!!! One day when either you or someone close to you is diagnosed with a serious disease that strips them of their dignity, independence and life - I hopw you think back to the comments you have made here!

      e - 2011-05-13 15:16

      its called Motor Neuron Disease MND (or ALS) - it is a terrible illness, no cure and short lifespan. My heart goes out to him and his family. We know what he and his family and friends will be going through from personal experience.

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-13 20:59

      Scoville, you're tempting fate, man, you could be in the same position tomorrow. I'm sure people will then tell you you are faking it. Don't do unto others what you do not want them to do tuno you!

  • Cobus - 2011-05-12 20:25

    This is the most severe form of breach in Dr patient relationship, or a very cheap shot at publicity. If he really has MND I feel sorry for him and hope his PR team gets fired.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-05-13 09:10

      Cobus Ek stem saam met jou, maar dink julle mense regtig joost en van die begin af waar hy goed weggesteek het tot nou toe, die koerante en huisgenoot se nommers op speed dial? dink 'n bietjie logies man.

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-12 20:25

    Another boerewors gone wrong.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-13 20:11

      Another moron is born

  • Francois - 2011-05-12 20:26

    Get well Joost. You are still a legend, though not the smartest or brightest, but a legend anyways. All the best for your recovery. Best Wishes. F

      The_Fox - 2011-05-12 20:35

      yip, well said.

      LDP - 2011-05-13 17:56

      The problem is people comment without any knowledge. There is no "getting well" or any sort of "recovery". He WILL die from this...the time frame is unknown but can be anywhere from a few months to years (all the while his motor functions working less and less each day, until he can't walk, move his arms, and then can't breath)

  • Adop - 2011-05-12 20:29

    Joost, my prayers are with and your family. You children are still young may God forgive you and heal you, for your children.

  • crackerr - 2011-05-12 20:31

    Bad luck. The rest of us are waiting for ours. And let's not bluff ourselves that it will be determined by how good or well we lived or behaved. Just doesn't work that way. A blind, unreasonable, grinding process at work. Joost, not much one can say. Except perhaps that if one has some pleasurable vices live them out now to the fullest possible extent while it is still possible and add a few extra ones. Why not?

      Oukoos - 2011-05-12 20:48

      Well said!

      duduzile.dunicz - 2011-05-13 08:44

      Thank you! Diseases don't discriminate between so-called perfect people and the rest of the scruffs. Compassion should be an automatic response to ANYONE with such a severe illness - especially the father of little children!

      lizards - 2011-05-13 15:11

      Hope the diagnosis is wrong but the treatment successful. Go live the 'bucket list' whilst you can - hopefully some with youir kids.

  • Pat - 2011-05-12 20:37

    eishhh..shame on you people that have no compassion for him. I have a husband of 32 years in much the same boat and I am beside myself with worry for his future. Ok..he is no celebrity or anything like Joost is, but just have some compassion for his family and kids. The comments I have seen are nothing but nastiness..come on guys!

      Billy - 2011-05-12 21:40

      Hi Pat. If I can help please let me know. I'm no expert but if its alike Mnd I can perhaps answer some stuff. Regards

      Goddok - 2011-05-12 22:12

      Hi Pat, I agree with you. Some of the people that respond to this issue is real a$$holes. I am one of the people that was lucky to recover, although not fully - still experiencing excruciating pain after 12 years (3 years in wheelchair. Good luck to you and your husband. The road will be hard and long and sometimes you will get despondent, but hang in there girl. To Joost dont worry we all have our vices, some of us is too pathetic to acknowledge it. Thanks for the pleasure you gave us watching you play, especially when you scored tries that won us the game. Good luck I know that you will overcome this. We will pray for you.

      Enuff - 2011-05-13 07:32

      @ Billy - after reading in absolute shock all the disgusting things people have to say, I'm really pleased to see there are still some human beings out there. Condolenses on the loss of your Mom. To Pat (and others who - all the very best of luck to you, your husband and your family. Be strong and treasure every moment, and remember medical research results in breakthroughs (and miracles) every day xoxo

      Paul - 2011-05-13 09:45

      Pat, our prairs are with you and your husband. We do not know him, but still it will be. God's blessins apon him, you and your family.

  • briansmith702 - 2011-05-12 20:42

    When I read the comments on this article it makes me ashamed of being a South African. What a sick bunch we are to post comments as have been done. No wonder why we have road rage, rape murders etc. as we do. You only need to look at the mentality of many of the comments posted.

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-13 21:10

      You're a bit harsh, Briansmith702. Way I see it, there are only a very few miscreants posting such remarks; the rest are supportive - as it should be. Those few most probably were drunk or drugged when they posted their comments - you know: looking for somebody behind the door when they themselves are standing there. Don't despare of South Africans in general just because there are a few bad apples.

  • benren - 2011-05-12 20:45

    We hope and pray for full recovery Joost.

  • anita.kroon - 2011-05-12 20:55

    I lost one friend last year, and another has also been diagnosed. - she lives in George and published a book last year which I received for Xmas. My thoughts are with you Joost

  • daemos1 - 2011-05-12 21:01

    Propriety is subjective, i'm saving up my tasteless jokes for Facebook, this crowd is too tough

  • opiniononly - 2011-05-12 21:02

    I have just spent 5 days in hospital being tested for the same. My two young children at home were scared and worried that I wasn't coming home. My arms are black and blue. Today is nurses day, but let me tell you, lab animals are probably treated. Am I a Joost fan? No, I don't even watch the game, but after the last few days, and seeing the tears in my spouse's eyes on each visit, I have to say that I truly feel for him.If he is faking it, so be it, but if he isn't he has months, maybe years of sheer hell in front of him. Not a time to wave pom poms and celebrate that, don't you think?

      Billy - 2011-05-12 21:41

      Couldn't agree more. Best of luck.

      Enuff - 2011-05-13 07:37

      I cannot imagine what this time must be like for you and your family! Try to stay strong, maintain hope and treasure every single moment. Very best of luck to you!

      opiniononly - 2011-05-13 08:21

      Thankfully, my tests came back negative, but they were awful, I feel for Joost, and his children. He has made poor choices sometimes, I know, but let's send some positive thoughts out to him, his family AND all those that suffer from this,you die from the outside in, slowly..... and he is going to do it in public, with photos of him in his prime, next to him as an invalid, who of us, could shoulder that?

      duduzile.dunicz - 2011-05-13 08:46

      So glad that your tests were good! All the best!

  • Chris - 2011-05-12 21:04

    God bless you Joost. Will keep you in prayer.

  • Errol - 2011-05-12 21:05

    It is a great tradegy that comments about something so serious and sad are so cruel and heartless. Does human sympathy no longer exist? Anyone who has seen the terrible effects of this disease can only do all they can to support this man and his family.

  • chris - 2011-05-12 21:17

    Hi Joost bid en vra dat die HERE dat HY die duiwel wat jou siek maak uit jou liggaam verdryf en jy moet glo dan sal hy jou help en jy moet elke dag bid en dankie sê en ek glo DIE HERE sal jou van die duiwel verlos glo net en vertrou op HOM.

  • chris - 2011-05-12 21:21

    Luister en lees net watse kak kan die mens kwyt raak dit is die rede hoekom die Afrikaner volk besig is om onrein te word .Hou op om ander mense afte breek en bid liewer en vra die HERE om julle te help

  • Craig Edmondson - 2011-05-12 21:22

    Not good news at all, to those writing rubbish on this issue about PR and he deserves it, he may be a bit of a chop, but no one deserves this no matter who they are and like it or not, he played more games for the Springboks than all of your played for your school G team!!!!!!!!!

  • MaanDonkie - 2011-05-12 21:25

    It's amazing how narrow minded South Africans are....sorry lets not give undue credit...blatantly stupid!!! When this man was at the pinnacle of his sporting career we idolized him! Without him the Springboks were a lack lustre bunch with no sense of direction. He makes one silly mistake and because of his high profile persona he is now crucified by a jury barely able to hide their own shady activities....yes everybody who posted some shitty comment on this site... be honest enough to admit to all your doings, past and present. Hope all is going to be ok Joost!!!

  • stigas - 2011-05-12 21:46

    Very Sad Indeed I saw Andre In a Wheelchair yesterday on Pasella. We in the Rugby Fraternity share your pain and suffering and our prayers go out to you and pray for your recovery. Brian Van Rooyen (Former President SA Rugby)

  • Kariena - 2011-05-12 21:49

    For Joost and his family. - Alle sterkte vir julle. Jammer om dit te hoor. Gebede is met julle. Niemand is 'engeltjies' nie. Dit is nie nodig vir sommige op hierdie blad om sulke onsmaaklike 'sê-goed" te lewer nie. Sies vir julle. Diegene wat sulke ONGEVOELIGE opmerkings maak - ek hoop ten harte iemand na aan julle kry nie die siekte nie. Ek skaam my dat jul jul verlekker in iemand anders se swaarkry................en as jy nie afrikaans verstaan nie.....siestog!!

  • stigas - 2011-05-12 21:50

    Very Sad Indeed Saw andre on Pasella last night. Joost we the rugby fraternity share your pain and suffering and our prayers are with you for full recovery. Brian Van Rooyen Ex SA Rugby President

  • stigas - 2011-05-12 21:52

    Very Sad indeed . Joost we in the rugby fraternity share your pain and suffering and our prayers are with you in the hope of a full recovery. Brian Van Rooyen

  • The Odd One Too - 2011-05-12 22:15

    You reap what you sow.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-12 23:04

      And so will you

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-13 04:15

      @Graeme BB bout dickhead above you well said..i agree cant believe some of these comments. Nobody deserves this illness. Scary times .. If i was a praying man i would pray for Joost

      Paul - 2011-05-13 09:23

      Onthou jou woorde die dag as jy jou oes maai Odd One. @Crusader man, pray for him any way plz.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-13 23:40

      Thanx Crusader Man, again it is great to have people showing good faith beyond any boundries that may exist.

  • Dam Vak - 2011-05-12 22:25

    Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

      Sir Eidolon - 2011-05-12 23:14

      That's why I commented first.

      Enuff - 2011-05-13 07:51

      @Sir Eidolon - just curious - does your mother know that this is the person you are?

      manfred - 2011-05-13 08:32

      sir eidolon you are sick maggot. who are you to think that you are better than others. i dont think you realise the how serious this disease is and how it is going to affect not only joost but also his entire family and close friends. i know of someone with this same disease and to watch slowly how day by day they loose use of simple bodily functions like a simple task of being able to dress oneself. get off your almighty pedestal and come back down to earth. joost all the best for the future and our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

      jan du preeaz - 2011-05-13 17:53

      bwaa haaa haa, eidolin or whatever, rather go read a comic and listen to your kak rock music tosser!! this forum are for big people "dude"

      peace_piece - 2011-05-13 22:44

      F'you jan mak 'n plan. Just because you listen to kwaito does not make you better than others.

  • Davey - 2011-05-12 22:27

    Is Joost bankrupt? Did his exercise bike not sell? Will the exclusive rights to a story about his debilitating illness be sold to the highest bidder? Will Mike Bolhuis track down a miracle cure and save Joost? Stay tuned for the next episode.

      Loud n Clear - 2011-05-13 11:54

      Would appear that Joost has at least 1 muscle that is still working well!

  • Francis - 2011-05-12 22:29

    Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. I think the comments from all the a-holes on here are in very poor taste. I wish him all the best for a recovery and my prayers and thoughts are with him and his family at this time

      Rona - 2011-05-12 23:05

      Amen. Francis, I agree. Seems everyone has now become saints. None of them have ever done anything wrong. OORDEEL en jy sal geoordeel word! God bless Joost.

      Paul - 2011-05-13 09:20

      Goed gestel Rona. Wie is ons om te oordeel. Laat hy wat nog nooit gesondig het nie die eerste klip gooi.

  • Thomas - 2011-05-12 23:27

    Let him without fault, throw the first stone. If you have done everything right in you life .. good for you, else, be HUMAN

  • al_bundy - 2011-05-13 00:00

    To all who is quick to judge others, no matter what the circumstances , let he who is perfect cast the first stone. If this happens to a close friend or family member will your reaction be the same? His doctors are obviously faking it with him. Pleez stop smoking last months dirty socks.

  • aa gone - 2011-05-13 05:11

    i wish him well. great hero

  • Crusaderinvader - 2011-05-13 06:35

    What's with you guys?..this chap was one of the best if not THE best half back during his early career. In my opinion, Joost was one of the last SA player to display great flair.

      jan du preeaz - 2011-05-13 17:57

      crusader mate, you experiencing the sick society SA has become. Nobody in this country will allow the sun to shine over his/her felllow south african. It is one thing to insult another person over rugby, but something like this is just sick.

  • Enuff - 2011-05-13 07:48

    To Joost & family - stay strong and maintain hope! Remember it was not that long ago that HIV was considered to be a death sentence! Medical breakthroughs happen every day! Don't let those self righteous a'holes who have no humanity get to you - they don't know you and you don't owe them a minute of your time. They are unimportant - everything that is important you have with you! Prayers and thoughts are with you!

  • Louise - 2011-05-13 08:27

    Wow what a bunch of saints out there!!! Joost did our country proud and this is the thanks he gets!!!

  • ivor - 2011-05-13 08:49

    Wow, how sick is our society ?

  • Punani - 2011-05-13 08:51

    Amazing how 'celebrities' get the sympathy and support of the whole country when things go wrong. Mere mortals have to fight debilitating diseases alone and often lose their jobs because of it. Furthermore, they do not have the money for the best specialists. MND is quite common and affects so many good, hard working and honest people. Suddenly the sympathy pours in for a lying, womanising, drug addicted part time porn star who made money holding tackle bags and selling his sick story to the white trash in Pretoria. I don't wish it on him, but put it in perspective.

      Paul - 2011-05-13 09:16

      @ punani. It is sad that you do not want the public to have sympathy with some one who is very ill, and who might loose his live because of this illness. Sympathy is a good honest emotion that showes there is still love and compasion in the world. Don't loose your compasion please, it will only make you a angry, lonely bitter person. All of the best to you.

      jan du preeaz - 2011-05-13 18:00

      At least he worked hard to enable himself to afford good medical care... but then again, thats something your type will never understand hey?

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-13 21:23

      Punani, I sympathise with you as well, my man! You're even sicker that Joost. Sorry, but I just did not know about you earlier.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-13 23:52

      @Punani - are you God? When I read dribble like yours, I can see that you are a failure, in your own eyes. I can feel your hate through your words. Your closing statement is totally untrue. You are what is wrong in this country, and that is why this country will never heal, but the world will just get sicker. You are not the man you think you are, and you will fall hard.

      V4Vendetta - 2011-05-15 13:11

      spot on, punani, fewer a true word spoken in this regard but speak against their Idol (who knowingly broke everything except the tablets the 10 things he broke are written on) and their god, who forbids idolatry it in their very1st law, shall descend upon thee in furious anger. go figure...

  • Anneleen - 2011-05-13 08:53

    Sterkte aan Joost en sy familie.

  • Paul - 2011-05-13 09:06

    Joost. Alle sterkte vir jou en al jou familie. Jy is in ons gebede, en ons dink aan jou en glo dat die Hemelse Vader geneesing sal bring. Wees sterk en vertrou. GROOT groete.

  • Seens - 2011-05-13 09:11

    Oh well you want to go around buggering up other peoples lives and then not have the courtesy or decency to make amends - sorry ! What goes around comes around.

  • Aldrich - 2011-05-13 09:24

    My prayers go out to Joost and his fam

  • Emma Cloete - 2011-05-13 09:42

    So sad Joost, turn a negative into a positive....as for you people with your nasty comments, remember we all have a history, do not judge others, if it should happen to you or one of your family members, I am sure it would be a different story....how would you feel if people made comments the way you are making comments about his illness....you should be ashamed....after all you are not in any position to decide if he is faking it....I do not think Joost would stoop so low to fake such a serious illness...may this never happen to your nearest and dearest

  • Staalbal - 2011-05-13 09:56

    My heart goes out to Joost and his family. This is a horrible disease. My father was diagnosed with MND (aka Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS) 5 years ago. It also started with slurred speech and weakness in his arms, today he has to receive 24hr care and is unable to speak or do anything for himself. Eventually the respiratory system fails causing death. The average life expectancy is 3 - 5 years. MND does not affect the senses or your brain function only your motor neurons causing complete loss of muscle function and making you a prisoner in your own body. At the moment there is no known cause or cure for the disease and treatment is extremely limited and only extends the process. To all these people making these crappy comments. Educate yourselves first before commenting on something you know absolutely Fakol about. I wish to God that you never have to live through this.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-13 11:45

      @Staalbal - sorry to hear about your father - and it is good to see some wisdom being spread on this forum. Even though you have been so informative, there are still individuals posting some heartless stuff. It just goes to show the level of humanity that exists out there, good and bad.

  • Malcolm - 2011-05-13 10:03

    Get a third opinion. Get a new editor. Work on the privacy thing a bit. You are getting it all wrong.

  • anita - 2011-05-13 10:09

    Dis vir my so hartseer dat mense nie meer gevoel vir mekaar het nie. Sou jou optrede dieselfde gewees het as dit iemand na aan jou was? Twee kinders wat moet hoor hul pa is baie siek? ...

  • Kok - 2011-05-13 10:09

    It is shocking to see how SAFFERS behave. Joost (I am not a big fan of him) does not need your insults in a time like this. Where is the forgiveness in this country? He's private life and what he's one wrong has got anyway nothing to do with us. Show some decency and respect. I wish Joost all the best and I hope that he recovers soon. (From a All Blacks and Crusader supporter in Cape Town)

  • Malcolm - 2011-05-13 10:13

    Well said Punani. It won't take long to read all about Joost in the "You" magazine. And a week later we will see Amor with regards to the same thing. The Soapie plot will thicken. We are far too gullible in this country.