Rob Burrow may be confined to a wheelchair and only able to communicate using voice technology, but he continues to inspire his family to live life to the fullest, says his wife Lindsey.
The 39-year-old former Leeds and UK scrum-half was given two years to live when he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in December 2019, but refuses to give up the fight.
Instead, he has embarked on a campaign to raise awareness of the condition and help raise funds to find a cure, and it’s a combination of that unwavering determination and positive attitude that drives Lindsey who her husband acts as her full-time carer in raising their three young children.
“I think Rob taught us not to give up, to keep fighting and to be brave and move forward no matter how tough or tough things get,” she told the PA news agency.
“There are dark times but we carry on, we try to make the best of life. No matter how hard it gets, you can always turn it into something good.
“I have three beautiful children and an amazing husband – I have so much to be thankful for.”
Burrow’s daughters Macy and Maya designed the Leeds kit for recent Magic Weekend and head coach Rohan Smith revealed a family visit ahead of the game had inspired his team to an emphatic win over Castleford.
“In a lot of ways, the kids are just like dad – resilient and brave,” Lindsey added. “You wake up every morning with a big smile on your face and that gives us a reason to keep going.
“It is very important to us that the children have as normal and happy a childhood as possible, despite our situation. Your happiness and well-being comes first.
“We feel so fortunate and fortunate to have three amazing children. We couldn’t be prouder of Macy, Maya and Jackson.”
In his autobiography Too Many Reasons to Live, which was a bestseller when it was published by Macmillan earlier this year, the all-time rugby great revealed how crying was forbidden in the Burrow household and he managed to keep his to maintain cheerful outlook on life despite his constant struggle with his terminal illness.
When asked if the couple had talked about what the future holds, Lindsey replied, “Life sometimes takes us down a path we never thought we would tread.
“If MND has taught me anything, it’s not to take things for granted; making the best of what you have, not what you don’t have: living in the here and now.
“Despite the heartbreaking and devastating effects of MND, we will continue to smile and live life to the fullest.”
Burrow, who has won eight Grand Finals in a glittering career with the Rhinos, has given an update on his battle with MND, his latest fundraising plans and the care center set to open in Leeds in his name in a new chapter book that is now out is available in paperback.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rob-burrow-leeds-great-britain-macmillan-life-b2127181.html Rob Burrow inspires wife Lindsey to live life to the fullest