Liverpool ace, 35, shares snaps of injuries from falls as he deals with disease

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    Ex-Premier League footballer Stephen Darby has lifted the lid on the reality of living with MND (motor neurone disease).

    Darby, 35, was first diagnosed on September 12th 2018 at the age of 29 – three months after he tied the knot with former Lionesses captain Steph Houghton. Darby shared the intimate post on his Instagram page of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

    The ex-Liverpool player shared some painful looking cuts to his head and face. He said: "A reality of MND.

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    "As your body, arms and legs become weaker you are more susceptible to trips and falls. When you fall or trip you can’t use your arms to break your fall.

    "Two falls this year resulted in two trips to A&E. The falls aren’t nice and they also affect the family physically and emotionally who are left to pick you up and look after you.

    "Together you adapt and overcome these obstacles. You pick yourselves’ up and go again."

    It's been five years since Darby was first diagnosed with the condition – and speaking earlier this year he said he feels lucky because "80%-90% of people who are diagnosed with MND die within 5 years."

    There is currently no cure for MND and the disease is fatal, however the disease progresses at different speeds in patients. Rob Burrow, who was also diagnosed with the disease, has been at the centre of fundraising efforts over the past few years.

    Burrow's ex-Leeds Rhinos team-mate Kevin Sinfield has undertaken numerous massive challenges to raise funds for the disease. Sinfield is currently doing the 7 in 7 in 7 Challenge, which will see the former Rhinos player run an ultra-marathon every day for seven days in seven cities.

    Sinfield has raised millions for MND charities since Burrow was diagnosed in 2019.

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