Little Victories — Matthew Lafleur

Matthew’s life doesn’t look like he imagined it would, back when he was an active Cajun boy. After he was diagnosed at age 11 with Friedreich’s ataxia, he slowly lost hope in his own capabilities. He eventually achieved a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in mental health counseling. Writing a column at Friedreich’s Ataxia News and serving as the HR culture coordinator of its parent company BioNews combines his two degrees perfectly. He now pays attention to life’s small, often overlooked successes. In progressive disability, Matt tries to notice his little victories, hoping that others notice their own … or something like that.