Former West Coast Eagles forward Ashley Sampi has revealed in a heartbreaking social media post that he’s been diagnosed with (MS) multiple sclerosis.
Sampi, who played 78 games for the Eagles between 2002 and 2006, released a statement via his uncle Ernie Dingo’s Facebook page confirming the diagnosis.
The 38-year-old said the past week for him has been “hard and overwhelming”, but that he’s hopeful about moving on and living “somewhat of a normal life” despite the news.
“I apologise in advance to you all for finding out my news this way but with the goal I’ve set for myself which you will read below, will make sense to why I am writing this,” the social media post read.
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“It would’ve been too hard to let you all know what I am going through and what my path for the future holds for myself and more importantly my lovely and beautiful wife Gerri and our kids.
“Last Tuesday I was diagnosed with (MS) multiple sclerosis, the diagnosis was hard and overwhelming to take in but I have such great support around me I know I will be OK.
“Once again I apologise to you all for finding out this way. I know it sounds bad but Gerri and I are in good spirits and with the neurologists and my treatment plan put in place I look forward and not behind and with the grace of God can live somewhat of a normal life for myself and my family.
“I ask you all to please try and not overwhelm us with calls or messages as we are still coming to terms with the diagnosis. I know that you all will want answers I guess but please try and hold off.
“I am sorry but please give us time and help Gerri and I raise money for my new diagnosis.”
Sampi famously claimed Mark of the Year honours in 2004.
He was also part of the Eagles’ 2005 grand final squad that went down to Sydney by four points.
The former Eagle has a fundraiser for those wanting to donate.
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