The world is changing. Technology is changing. In fact, the world is being changed by technology. Mindsets are changing. The workplace is changing. ……. Life is changing.
Everybody’s life alters as they get older. It’s natural. Part of life and part of our time on this planet. No body is questioning that fact (that I know of) but for some, life change can be forced upon them completely unscripted.
I should know because I was one of them. But this is not a story of sadness, it’s in fact the exact opposite. And as my stents turn 3 today, I feel it’s appropriate to recap how I’ve gotten to where I am today – especially if you’re a new reader of my blog.
The Bad News:
“What age are you again?”
[I clearly remember the Cardiologist asking me this as he offered me a seat in his very swanky office. Internally I though ‘Shit, this can’t be good news if he’s started off asking me my age?’]
“37″, I replied (with a huge gulp).
“You have multiple signs of Heart Disease on both sides of your heart Ross. We need to take action”.
BOOM. SLAP. WALLOP. Just as if the original Batman & Robin just clocked me.
“I’m sorry – I have what now?!”
Less than 2 months later I had 4 stents inserted into my heart on the 6th January 2016. A date I’ll never forget……Em, wait a minute…. that’s 3 yrs ago today!
But little did I know at that moment sitting in the Dr’s office, those words and subsequently my tiny new best friends of miniature steel now living inside the main arteries of my heart would become the best bit of bad news I’ve ever received in my life.
Because it opened my eyes. Needing stents in your heart will do that to you! I gave up work to become a full time Stay at Home Dad (SAHD). My daughters were 3 1/2 & only 8 months old at the time.
In this time, I’ve played a huge role in rearing our girls. I’ve literally watched them grow, change & develop into amazing little people. I get to do what my Dad never got the opportunity to do, but it’s not just him it’s so many other parents.
There is simply nothing better I love doing than spending quality time with my wife & daughters. It’s been a phenomenal journey to date and one which I know can only get better.
My Stents Open Doors……
The Nips aside, it’s also allowed me to become a blogger. A Daddy blogger no less and one of the few in the entire island of Ireland.
BTW – Shout out for (the majority of) the Irish Dad Bloggers crushing it!!
Guys you should 100% check out…
The Stented Papa was born around the same time I became a SAHD – around March 2016. Writing about me & my family and how I see things in general has opened up numerous doors which I wouldn’t have even dreamed of prior to my heart issues.
Radio appearances on Today FM & on Victoria Mary Clarke‘s show along with blogging award nominations – in 2017 I was the only Daddy Blogger in the entire country to make the final of ‘The Boots Maternity & Infant’ Awards in the category of ‘Best Parenting Blog’!
This month I’ve just started off my new ‘residency‘ (love that word!!!!) as the Daddy Blogger Voice for Family Friendly HQ – happy days! Click here to read my post for them with many more to come.
If someone had of told me all this was on the cards simply if I starting blogging, I would have struggled to believe them!
Bad news? What bad news?!!
I only see positive news here. Bloody hell what a transformation in life terms!
So yes I received news of a serious illness. One that’ll stay with me until my toes curl permanently upwards. And yes I’ve had to deal with it – both mentally and physically which took a bit of time I’m not going to lie to you. Yes I’ve had to change my diet and exercise routines. Yes I’ve had to change full stop. But we all change to a certain extent over time anyway….right?
But let’s looks at the positives here – because that’s what my story is about, positives baby!!!
- I didn’t have a heart attack and keel over a relatively young man – I was lucky and got warnings
- I got fixed – the main point!
- I get to spend quality time with my family every day
- I get to watch my young daughters grow and develop every day
- I get to praise my amazing wife for being a strong, confident woman who is the breadwinner and I couldn’t be prouder of her if I tried
- I get to write about our life and so far, it’s been very well received
- I’ve recently launched an online business with my wife Mel called Booky Wooky (.ie) which allows anyone with a child in their lives to create a beautiful child friendly board book full of their memories and important aspects of their lives and most importantly, making their child the star of the story. But don’t just take my word for it, check out other bloggers reviews here & here!
I’m able to do all this because change was forced upon me unscripted. Phenomenal stuff when you think about the context as to why it happened.
I started off saying Technology is changing. Life is changing. Brass tacks – it’s the changes & advancements in medical technology that ensured I was back on my feet as quickly as possible after getting the stents and unlike many – my Dad included – I didn’t need my chest ripped open to do so. I say it again, ‘Yeeee-haawwww‘!
For that and the numerous reasons above I am a very happy, lucky man, hubby & dad and I am genuinely looking forward to taking 2019 by the scruff of the neck and CRUSHING IT 😉
So Happy Birthday to my 4 stents – ye’re playing a feckin blinder sunshine!!!
P.S. Did I say new TV show coming soon above?!!!! Watch this space!!!!!
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