Barcelona / “Life is worth it even when things seem to be falling apart,” former Navarrese soccer player Juan Carlos Unzué, 53, said in the Camp Nou auditorium after declaring to the media that he suffers from ALS, a fatal disease. , which has no cure.
“ALS is affecting my limbs: arms, hands and legs asymmetrically” and “my right foot has lost some strength,” he said.
The football exporter, member of the Barcelona coaching staff in various stages and former coach of the Numancia, Celta and Girona teams, called the media with one objective: to make public that he suffers from “amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ELA”.
“I can assure you that he coped well, that I am mentally strong to coexist with this difficult disease and that I feel truly privileged for what life has given me up to now.”
“I feel lucky for everything I can do right now about ALS and other similar illnesses, which are invisible, but they appear and are there.”
The former soccer player recounted how last February, “Dr. Povedano confirmed the diagnosis that Dr. Rojas had given me last summer (both present in the room where Unzué held the meeting with journalists) at the Hospital de Sant Pau ”
ELA was diagnosed during the last preseason, when he started a new stage as Girona coach, and his doctor encouraged him to continue training, although after four months he was dismissed due to the team’s poor results and it was then that he decided to prioritize his health and get away from the benches.
Supported by the president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, the current coach Quique Setién, and the players Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba, as well as former captain Carles Puyol and the Spanish coach, Luis Enrique Martínez, Juan Carlos Unzue was encouraged by the visibility of this deadly disease, which has no cure, from the Luzón Foundation to help raise funds for research into a treatment.
“My goal is no longer going to be to train a team. My stage as coach is over. Now, I am going to sign for a modest but very committed team, and I am going to have many teammates. A team with a lot of movement in the transfer market because, unfortunately, every day we sign three new faces and lose three other colleagues because of ELA, “he said.
“We are going to help improve the quality of life of these teammates,” said Unzué, who said he has learned from many of them in recent months, such as the journalist Carlos Matallanas.
“He has been diagnosed with ALS for six years and has a magnificent blog that writes through his pupils and a screen. That is his way of being a reference,” said the former soccer player, who has learned a first great lesson from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. .
“It is the great capacity that human beings have to adapt and overcome these situations. Being in contact with other patients, I have been struck by the great desire they have to continue living and enjoying, despite the great difficulties. Because life it’s worth it even when things seem to be falling apart, “he said. (June 18, 2020 / EFE / PracticaEspañol)
(Español) Comprensión del texto
Lee la noticia y responde a las preguntas
que es desconocida
que no se cura
que no es mortal
los médicos recomiendan vacunarse contra el ELA.
un exjugador de fútbol español declara públicamente que sufre ELA.
la esclerosis lateral amiotrófica se da solo en deportistas.
agradece la vida vivida
tiene miedo al futuro
es un dolor
anuncia que ayudará a un grupo de sanitarios
anuncia que ha fichado por otro equipo deportivo
anuncia su compromiso con una fundación que recauda fondos para investigar la enfermedad