Geelong legend Gary Ablett Jr. is ready to rejoin his teammates in Queensland after returning home to be with his wife Jordan and son Levi, who is battling a rare degenerative condition.
Ablett made the heartbreaking revelation about his son's health battle earlier in the year, as he explained his decision to say goodbye to teammates and rejoin his family in Victoria.
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The 36-year-old has now provided an update about his son's journey, sharing a beautiful image of himself and Levi, with some heartwarming words about his baby boy after a visit to a specialist.
“We got some special boots fitted for our brave boy yesterday,” Ablett wrote on Instagram.
“He’s a happy and determined boy who is showing our family there is so much to be grateful for.”
Ablett's wife Jordan also posted a beautiful image of father and son to her Instagram page, with a lovely message about their boy.
“To our dearest Levi, words will never be enough to express just how full our hearts are of love for you,” she said.
“You’ve only been with us for a short while but you’ve already taught us more than some people learn in a lifetime.
Jordan Ablett’s touching tribute to son
“Although it has been a difficult journey and start to life, your diagnosis does not take away any ounce of our love for you. Your joy is contagious and not even this disease is able to steal it from you. We pray for you every day and we will continue to take each day as it comes.
“You are so loved by all of the people in your world and you are and will continue to be a true miracle.
“We have no doubt that we are your parents for a reason, and we feel a strong sense of privilege to be entrusted with such a great and precious responsibility.
“We don’t know what our future holds together but we do know that you’ll never have to feel alone.”
Ablett is set to fly up the Gold Coast on September 1, before entering into 14-day isolation period before he's allowed to rejoin teammates.
It means by September 14 when he's back in the fold at the Cats, the veteran will have a week to prepare for the final regular season game of the season.
Ablett's absence from the team came after he revealed his son's health diagnosis in an Instagram post at the start of July.
“Some of you might already know that (my wife) Jordan is caring for her mum as she battles with cancer,” Ablett wrote.
“But what many of you don't know is that our son has been recently diagnosed with a rare and degenerative disease.
“We thank you for your love and support and want to emphasise just how grateful we are to be Levi's parents. He is a true blessing to us and our family and we love him so deeply.”