This 4th of July, I’m Redefining My Independence From FA

This 4th of July, I’m Redefining My Independence From FA

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This 4th of July, I’m Redefining My Independence From FA

As the Fourth of July approaches, I’m thinking about the word “independence” a lot. At 32, my independence looks different than I’d once imagined. As a Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) patient, my body is progressively losing so many abilities. Most noticeable and problematic is my degenerating coordination and balance. Because of this, I use a mobility aid full time. For now, I use a walker to keep me safely on my feet, whether or not I…

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