'The Bachelorette' alum Ryan Sutter reveals he's back firefighting after two major surgeries and health crisis
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/26/2022
The Bachelorette alum Ryan Sutter has revealed he's back to work at the firehouse in Colorado after undergoing two major surgeries and enduring months of sickness.
Ryan, who won Trista Rehn's final rose on The Bachelorette's first season, took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal that he's in a good place after having to take almost six months off from work to deal with his health crisis.
The 47-year-old firefighter wrote, "I took a walk today. After two major surgeries and nearly six months, yesterday was my first day back in the firehouse. So I walked and I reflected. It was a good day back on the job."
In August 2021, Ryan underwent a knee replacement surgery on his right knee, and one month later, he went under the knife again for an ankle replacement surgery on his left ankle.
"At one point a wide-eyed young boy and his parents stopped by to see the firetruck. At another, a young adult purposefully spit on our engine as he drove by on his scooter," Ryan continued in his post.
"We were stopped at an intersection after returning from a car accident and apparently he doesn't like firefighters? Both instances made me proud of what we do."
Ryan had been desperate for answers after undergoing tests for nearly a year to find out why he had been feeling so ill and fatigued. Ryan explained on Trista's "Better, Etc." podcast how doctors said his body had been weakened from exposure to mold toxins and so he was unable to fight Lyme disease.
Ryan had also reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic in 2020 as well as Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis.
"This job isn't easy -- not these days and not in this climate. But it's a tremendous opportunity, an opportunity to be challenged, to be humbled and to be taught that, despite our differences, we are all humans in this life -- together in at least that much," Ryan wrote on Instagram.
"So we get to meet, inspire and render speechless young children (and sometimes their parents too). We also get to respond repeatedly to people who need help -- for any reason and at any time -- even if they just spit on our fire engine from their scooter."
"This week has been different -- a fortuitous opportunity to escape, to be together as a family, to participate," Ryan shared on Instagram from the beach on December 31.
"I missed taking pictures I actually want to look at. I missed capturing moments I know I'll look back on fondly. I missed feeling a part of my family. I missed my life. But this week it was all there. A glimpse of the past and, I know, a glimpse into the future."
Trista -- who found fame when she competed on Alex Michel's season of The Bachelor in 2002 -- chose Ryan at the final Rose Ceremony of her The Bachelorette season over runner-up Charlie Maher.
Trista, a former Dancing with the Stars and Fear Factor contestant, changed her last name from Rehn to Sutter when she married Ryan in December 2003.
Trista & Ryan's Wedding's two-hour finale -- which featured the couple's wedding ceremony and reception at the Lodge in Rancho Mirage resort in Palm Springs, CA -- drew over 17 million viewers when it aired on ABC on December 10, 2003.
Trista and Ryan welcomed Maxwell in July 2007 followed by Blakesley in April 2009.