Shane Bryan has always been a learner, always curious about how to find solutions to problems.
He helped his mother buy their first home at the age of 10 after learning as much as possible from the Carlton Sheets infomercials.
But over the past three years, a string of misfortunes befell 38-year-old Bryan, leaving him in a situation that even he struggles to find a way out of.
All this led him to his current status of a software developer for the homeless.
Fascinated by computer programming, Bryan was drawn to a career that made things cleaner and better. He began to learn to code on his own, wherever he could, but after a few years of learning he was diagnosed with dystonia, a progressive disorder that left him incapable of precise movements with his hands and almost unable to type.
He feared that his dream was over, but he continued to learn and write the software he could in the time his fingers allowed him, while making a living doing all he could, including creating an e-commerce business on eBay and writing a children’s book.
âI think that’s why I bounced back during this time,â he said. âI knew what I wanted to do but I didn’t know how to do it given my limitations. “
Things got even worse three years later.
A few years ago Bryan made a career out of a successful 3D printing company, but said she suffered from a job too well done: the company had automated most of the needs of its larger customers to the point. that their work was no longer necessary.
Bryan said he should have been better prepared for this outcome, one of the first appearances of a sense of humility in the face of many trials beyond his control.
In 2018, he was in a near-fatal car accident after being struck by a drunk driver near Cheyenne, Wyo, just weeks after his mother died suddenly from cancer, and after just four months, he had been hit a second time by a distracted driver. .
His father passed away a year later, and now, after an eviction following the collapse of his business, he jumps between sleeping in his car and crashing into cheap hotels when he can raise money from odd jobs and GoFundMe donations from friends and tackling severe depression that manifested at one point in a psychiatric stay in a hospital that lasted four days. The stress of COVID-19 hasn’t helped matters.
But throughout this struggle, what seemed like a miracle turned out.
âDuring it all, there was a light at the end of the tunnel,â Bryan said. “I started to regain movement in my hands.”
What was originally believed to be dystonia was determined to be a misdiagnosis, and two movement specialists concluded that he suffered from a different nervous disorder, which showed the possibility of improvement.
Now he’s back at the keyboard, doing what he does best even when no one is looking at him, trying to get the attention of a potential employer. Bryan was host live broadcasts to show his work to anyone who might watch him in order to make up for the fact that he is largely educated and has gaps in his resume at a time when he didn’t know how to type well enough to work in the printing industry. software. He manages them as close as he can on a daily basis, although the noise of CreatorSpace, his de facto home base in downtown Loveland, and the hotel’s spotty internet have forced him to pre-register. some of them.
He’s working on an Alienware laptop his mother gave him shortly before her death, and it’s one of his most important possessions, which he describes as “getting out of here.”
He said it’s a complicated feeling, suddenly being able to do what he’s always wanted to do while still being stuck in a situation that requires him to be in “survival mode” most of the time, with a CV. who has serious shortcomings from times when he was struggling to type or was recovering from car accidents.
âI am facing an opportunity and a challenge right now,â he said. âI have learned and researched programming, but I have nothing to show due to my limitations. So now I’m trying to figure out how to show I have skill in this area and the reasoning why I don’t have a portfolio that I can show for the past 13 years. And that’s a challenge. “
So he’s doing what he can, looking for part-time work, and doing odd jobs at CreatorSpace in an attempt to keep a temporary roof over his head, while also trying to convince someone to give him a job. luck.