Archive for January, 2008

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Slow News Day

Posted: January 31, 2008 in disability
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My appointment got canceled today because she’s sick. I really don’t mind because I don’t really feel like freezing my balls off again.

That’s it for now.

It’s freezing outside.

As I write this, it’s -11 Degrees Celsius and the windchill makes it feel like -21.

Brrr

I played Boccia (Read previous post to read what Boccia is) and I’m getting better every week. Before the Christmas Holidays, my last game was almost 20 years prior. It’s just like learning to ride a bike again.

The bad part about the night was having to wait an hour for my ride home. At least I didn’t have to wait outside.

I have an appointment on Thursday to see my Social Worker. I see her every two weeks because I have issues, but don’t we all?

My issues stem from living in a Hospital for 19 years. The only reason that I stayed there was because there was no where else to put me and my Parents weren’t able to look after me 24/7.

It wasn’t easy living there. I lost alot of friends due to their various illnesses or diseases. Needless to say, it got lonely and sad there quite often, but I survived.

When I became too old for the Hospital, they originally wanted to put me in a Group Home, but I refused. I wanted to live “outside the bubble”. It took about 4 years to get what I wanted. I wrote letters, went to Politicians, and the Provincial and Federal Government. In the end, I won, I defeated the Government. At the time, I was the first Ventilator Depended person to live on my own, instead of an institution.

I’ve been living on my own since 1994 and I love it. To top it off, I’m a successful Comedian married to a beautiful woman.

This is where I should point out that we don’t live together. If we lived together, I’d lose my funding for my medical supplies and my life in general. It’s not that bad because I see her almost every day and sleep there on the weekends usually.

So that’s basically how I got to where I am today in my life.

If there’s out there reading this that in a bad situation, here’s my advice.

Don’t give up on yourself and your dreams. It might take a lot of work, but in the end, you’ll feel proud for earning it.

It may sound cheesy, but I’m living proof that it truly does happen.

Truthfully, not a whole lot, at least not to me.

You might beg to differ though.

My last post was done last Friday. So let’s see here.

On Saturday, I woke up and cleaned up my bedroom. My Wife decided to go skating on the Rideau Canal. This is something that’s hard for me to do, at least on a moment’s notice.

I get cold very easily, but I want to go this year, even if it’s only for a few minutes. The last time I did that was about ten years ago.

On Sunday Afternoon, I spent some time with my Wife. Later on, I headed to a Movie Theatre to watch wrestling on the big screen. I’ve been a big wrestling fan since in the 80s.

Here’s an interesting story.

Because of my disability, I require having someone with me at all times. Here in Ottawa, you can apply for a special card that lets the Attendant into movies for free. When we arrived, I looked for my card. As luck would have it, I couldn’t find it. When we got to the counter, the guy made me pay for two people, which came to $32. I was pissed, but had no real choice. A few minutes later, I went to the bathroom and after some more searching, I found it. We headed back to the counter with the card, but the guy didn’t want to reimburse me. He tried to tell us that the card wasn’t accepted because it was a special event. He paged the Manager and sure enough, he refunded the money of the extra person.

So another victory for the under dog.

Monday was a quiet day for me.

On Tuesday night, I attended a social gathering for disabled people. It wasn’t my thing, so I headed across the street to the mall and bought a Hot Chocolate. A little while later, I took the Bus home.

Tonight, I’m heading out to play Boccia. Boccia is basically Italian Lawn Bowling adapted for the disabled. The idea is to get your ball closest the white ball. That pretty much sums it up.

That’s it for now.

My Past In Print

Posted: January 26, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I started blogging about 8 years ago. My first site that I used was deadjournal.com which had a mostly teen/young adult audience. At the time, I had been single for a number of years and frankly, I was bitter and angry.

Because of that, I became very popular with their audience. The other draw was the fact that I’m extremely open about sharing my thoughts, my emotions, and my life.

Another reason for my popularity were for my “Ryan Rant”. Basically I chose a topic, normally current evens and wrote about my opinions.

I’m not sure why it was so popular. Perhaps one reason was people knew that it was 100% me and I wasn’t holding back.

After years of being there, I grew tired of the teenagers and moved on to something a little more serious.

Myspace.com

Knowing now what I do, I never would’ve gone there. Same story, got popular, and I was there for awhile. To be honest, I’m still there, but I just use it to promote myself and my upcoming shows.

Up until yesterday, I hadn’t blogged for about a year. Lately, I’ve had the itch so I started searching and it brought me here. I chose this site because it seems very professional and has some smart people. The topics seem to have a very broad range, which I really like.

So anyways, that’s all I wanted to say for now.

Rest assure that I’ll write more soon.

I look forward to interacting with people here.

TGIF

Posted: January 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

Well crap!

I typed out an entry and deleted it by accident.

How frustrating!

I’m still learning how to use this site.

Introducing Myself

Posted: January 24, 2008 in Uncategorized
My name is Ryan Lythall and I’m a 33 year old guy living with a physical disability. I was born in 1975 with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called Nemaline Myopathy. When people find out or see that I’m disabled, they usually react before I even get a chance to say anything.Don’t feel sorry for me or treat me differently. I have a good life. I’m married and have a successful career as a Stand-Up Comedian.

I perform on a regular basics at Yuk Yuk’s in Ottawa, Canada.

I have many hobbies, but you’ll find out about those in time.

This blog will mainly be about my daily life, current events and basically anything that I feel like writing about.

Please don’t hesitate to leave me comments or contact me. I like finding out who reads this and knowing if you enjoy my blog.

Cheers,

Ryan