On a hospital ward many years ago I met an amazing lady and her handsome cheeky son named Ryan. This young man showed me that disability doesn’t define who our children are. Their spirit, their soul does.
A character who brought tears of joy to my eyes and my heart.
Livvy soon realised what a catch he was, and before long we teased them about being boyfriend and girlfriend. Livvy would giggle at hearing his name. Ryan’s face would light up at hers.
Ryan and his family have given my family so much. They showed us that the only limitations on our children are the ones we put in place.
They even convinced us to try camping. Many are shocked at the idea of seriously disabled children camping but its possible and so much fun.
Livvy and Ryan became known as double trouble; let me tell you a story.
One New Year we were all together to celebrate when we noticed Ryan in a fit of giggles. We hadn’t a clue what had tickled him until we turned around to find Livvy helping herself to my glass of wine. The little monkeys.
Ryan and his amazing family are so dear to my heart, we may not see each other every week but when we are together it is like we have never been apart.
I will never forget his face when we first visited him without Livvy, he knew she was gone but yet I believe in his heart he was praying.
Ryan went to join Livvy yesterday. Fifteen years is much too young, but this young man lived a life full of love and laughter. I believe God saw he was weary and called him home.
I had the blessing to spend some time with Ryan in his last days. Yes he was heavily sedated but I pray he heard me tell him how much he means to me. How much I love him.
Unfortunately I know the pain so well his family are feeling today. The emptiness of their hearts and their arms. I want to wrap them all up and take away their pain.
The bravery this family have showed in the last months I cannot put into words. The strength they have had in the last days.
They are simply incredible. I now pray for their comfort and healing.
Ryan please give Livvy a kiss for me. I love you to the moon, stars and back again.
John 3.15 “ That everyone who believes in him may have eternal life”.