Joost doesn't want pity, just time and health
Former Springbok rugby captain Joost Van Der Westhuizen is a shadow of the man he used to be. Last night, Carte Blanche viewers got to see it for themselves when he gave an emotional interview to the show about his life, his work with people with a similar condition and his soon to be released documentary.
Joost appeared on the show looking grave and with his face sunken, as he struggled to talk or express his thoughts. Barely audible, his speech often comes through in slurs.
"There are two things we take for granted everyday - time and health. The moment you lose them, then only do you wake up," Joost managed to say in the emotional interview on Sunday night.
For Joost there are three things that drive him: spreading the word about MND, helping those struck down with it and spending time with his children.
As founder of the J?9 Foundation, a foundation that treats people with MND, he says the work he does is most important to him because it's personal. He says he would like help to make the foundation fulfill its goals of helping as many people as possible and he needs peoples help but not their pity.