Fulfilling a Need
“Two years ago, our family got a diagnosis that turned our life upside down.
Our little boy was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia, a neurological, progressive, life-shortening disease. That following spring, we purchased a fixer upper that we could renovate for his medical needs. We widened all the doors, installed grab bars, and pulled out all the carpets. It was a whirlwind summer of construction.
We hoped to put in rigid core flooring because it was the perfect material. Cooper needed something smooth enough for his wheelchair, but with enough cushion to catch his falls. It would also be easy cleanup for the dog hair of his service dog friend, Glory.
But at the end of the summer, our budget was spent. The paint, flooring glue, and oil stains in the (former) garage became part of our decor. The floors would just have to wait.
With FA, sometimes Cooper’s legs will unexpectedly buckle, and before we could catch him, he’d crash onto the concrete. The hard floors had no mercy, and the bumps, bruises, and headaches began.”