I am 27 years old and was diagnosed with Friedreichs Ataxia 7 years ago. I currently have a 2 1/2 year old son and a 7 month old daughter. I was doing pretty good before I had my son but every since I feel the need to push a stroller or cart when out and abou,t but when I'm at home I most often feel pretty decent. I carry my daughter around and don't have many obvious issues. I am working with a physio therapist who is doing wonders for me and I have been feeling quite hopeful about my physical state lately. My huge issue is my anxiety walking in public or even at home when we have company over. The anxiety makes my FA look debilitating, my body shakes, I get weak and more off balance. I'm so afraid of falling infront of people that I lean on everything and look incredibly physically disabled even though I'm not! The moment we get home from an event (even a family dinner with people I love) I walk great, though when I was out around everyone I was hobbling around almost falling over and constantly reaching for my husband. My husband thinks that 80% of the FA is in my head because of how differently I walk depending on the situation.I'm at the point now where I'm looking into getting a rollater because I'm so afraid of going out by myself I find myself missing out. I don't really know if I need it or if it's just my anxiety ruining everything. I kinda feel like I'm failing by getting a rollator and giving into my anxiety and fears if it's not something I physically need yet. Does anyone have any similar stories? or thoughts and ideas? I'm feeling very trapped and confused on what to do..