A genuinely funny and generous guy, who lives each and every moment at maximum load
By Nat Power
Surely no Stepfather expects that they’re going to take over as the paternal role model in a family like stepping into a new job. It’s only over the course of years, where kids witness firsthand the positive growth and evolving character that is ‘Mum’, that a sliver of opportunity for a Stepdad to act as a mentor or guide in life is presented. It’s a fluid recovery, the relationship is ever-building, ever-evolving.
It wasn’t until Dave was in his late teenage years, that he started to see the benefits of having a robust and worldly character such as Alby, as his stepfather. One night, out with Dave and his friends, he stole the show, laughing muscles getting a full workout. Dave knew this was the beginning of a certain kind of crazy settling in. He describes Alby as a genuinely funny and generous guy, who lives each and every moment at maximum load and does not let illness get in the way of a good time.
Despite a ten-year health decline that started with a heart attack and took a wild turn after he was literally hit by a bus, he has cemented some firm but fun lessons in his life with his step kids and still remains the most lively octogenarian quadriplegic with dementia the world did see.
- Dave Ryan's story as told to Nat Power
We believe in the power of stories to illuminate and educate. Through sharing our experiences of getting older and caring for those around us, we can help each other navigate the challenges we will all face at some stage in our lives.
If you would like to share your story, email us. We have a team of talented writers who would love to talk to you and help bring your story to life.