Thursday 19 October 2017

A humbling lesson from the eight-foot-tall man in how to be happy in face of adversity

'Some people can't handle visiting old people's homes. It reminds us of the time when we too will grow old. But I found some consolation there in a place without regimentation but plenty of professionalism' Photo: Depositphotos
'Some people can't handle visiting old people's homes. It reminds us of the time when we too will grow old. But I found some consolation there in a place without regimentation but plenty of professionalism' Photo: Depositphotos
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

Michael Shanahan is eight feet tall now, with some inches to spare, and he's looking out at the world over the top pane of the nursing home window.

The tilt table lifted him up vertically from the flat of his broken-up back. It was as if Michael was a holy statue looking down on all of us.

"I have to stand up for myself," he laughs. Michael laughs a lot and he tells jokes. He's a stand-up comedian who cannot stand up.

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