Jordan Ablett, the wife of AFL superstar Gary Ablett, has opened up on the heartbreaking health battle faced by their son Levi, revealing the rare degenerative disease he suffers from has a “very short life expectancy”.
The Abletts went public last year with Levi’s condition and have shared multiple updates about his progress since then.
Speaking on The Significant Others podcast, Jordan talked about the moment Levi was diagnosed and the shattering realisation that his life was at risk.
“I just remember sitting with Gaz in that meeting and when they said it I just remember absolutely breaking down,” she said.
“It’s one thing to receive a diagnosis which just confirms that Levi has a rare and degenerative disease. However, it’s another thing to understand that it is life threatening and that’s like a whole other ball game and a whole other situation in itself because that stuff you just can’t prepare for.
“There is a very short life expectancy which is why I constantly say to people when they ask about Levi that we are literally just taking it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds.”
Levi enjoying himself at the footy.Source:News Corp Australia
The family is finding the positives in the time they spend together.Source:Supplied
Months of worrying that something was wrong with Levi, without knowing exactly what that was, led the Abletts to Geelong’s AFL doctor, who put them in touch with a paediatrician.
That doctor then “got the ball rolling” and led to Levi’s diagnosis. While Jordan and Gary — who will go down as one of the greatest players in AFL history — initially kept the health news to themselves, they announced it to the world via social media in July last year as football players moved into a Queensland hub to continue the season.
Part of the reason to go public was so if Gary decided to leave the hub at any point — which he did do — then people would understand why, rather than speculate.
It was also tough to carry on like nothing was wrong while others kept asking about how Levi was going.
“People would just say things like, ‘Levi must be running around now’. Comments like that are so fine to receive, but when you are on the receiving end and you know everything that is going on it’s awkward,” Jordan said.
“We don’t want to lie and be like, ‘Yeah, he’s running around’, because he wasn’t running around.”
The Abletts have received overwhelming support since going public.Source:Instagram
Jordan added that going public felt like the right thing to do by Levi.
“We felt that, and this was not the intention, but we felt by us not sharing it was like we were saying to Levi, ‘Don’t be you’, and that was never the case,” she said.
“I would hate for any other parent to feel like they can’t share with people their child’s circumstance and what they’re going through out of fear that people would look at the child differently.
“So we wanted to set the tone that, ‘Levi, you are you and we love you and everyone will love you because you’re the best’.”
Earlier this year Jordan released unseen photos of Levi’s time at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, posting an emotional message about how much joy there has been among the incredible hardship over the past 12 months.
She told The Significant Others: “In terms of this year we are just going to invest in Levi and invest in our family and enjoy the time we get to spend together.”
Source: Read Full Article