I used to enjoy going to the grocery store. I loved picking out items, seeing what’s new in stock, and hunting good deals in the store’s weekly ads. However, grocery shopping has become physically challenging as my Friedreich’s ataxia slowly progresses. It’s tough to deal with the crowds and fatigue of walking around, plus grocery shopping in a city with bad parking can be cumbersome since I need to walk home with bags of groceries.
My husband Justin and I have been waking up early to visit a store right when it opens so we get a good parking spot and avoid the crowds. Luckily, the two places where we shop have parking lots and we always get an open handicap spot right in front of the buildings. At that early hour, we don’t have a far walk to get inside, the store is empty, and we can move right along. We can also take our time if we need to and avoid the anxiety of being rushed. This helps reduce expended energy and the stress of crowds.
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