It turns out Judy has been absent for the past year or so because she was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy. It’s a rare brain disorder that causes problems with movement.
Coughlin revealed Judy’s diagnosis and how this situation has been for the family this Tuesday in a piece for the New York Times.
“Our hearts are broken. Judy has been everything to our family,” Coughlin wrote, via the New York Times. “For the past four years, we’ve helplessly watched her go from a gracious woman with a gift for conversation, hugging all the people she met and making them feel they were the most important person in the room, to losing almost all ability to speak and move.”
"As so many of you are gearing up for another N.F.L. season, I will be sitting far from the sidelines, at the bedside and holding the hand of my biggest supporter, my beloved wife," writes the former head coach Tom Coughlin about becoming a caregiver. https://t.co/zbc0Ty01E1
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) August 24, 2021
Coughlin admitted this entire experience has been challenging for their family, but he’s doing the best he can to make sure he’s by Judy’s side at all times.
“Taking care of Judy is a promise I made 54 years ago when she was crazy enough to say ‘I do,’” Coughlin said. “I do want the players I coached in college and in the N.F.L. who thought all my crazy ideas about discipline, commitment and accountability ended when they left the field to know that is not the case. The truth is that is when those qualities matter most. A friend said we don’t get to choose our sunset, and that’s true, but I am so blessed to get to hold Judy’s hand through hers.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Coughlin family during this time.