Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — A Wake County family is coming home after a long journey, moving into a dream home specifically designed to accommodate their new reality.
Amy Root's life was forever changed when her husband, Adam Root, suffered a severe brain injury in a Motocross crash in May 2010. Since then, the couple, along with Amy Root's daughter, have been living with friends and hopping from rehab center to rehab center.
Finally, the Root family will have a place all their own.
Equipped with grab bars to help Adam Root with balance and hardwood floors to minimize tripping, Amy Root said getting the keys to their Fuquay-Varina home was "really overwhelming."
"Being told a year ago that I would not take him home, to here he is sitting in our kitchen in a home that is ours," Amy Root said. "That's priceless."
Adam Root makes progress in his recovery day after day, Amy Root said. He has re-learned to walk and talk.
"He tells me he loves me. I went 10 months without hearing his voice," she said.
Last month, authorities issued a Silver Alert for Adam Root after he walked out of a rehab facility in Raleigh. He was found safe five hours later, but Amy Root isn't taking any more chances.
She plans to install a security system at the new house to keep her husband from wandering away again.
And she's counting her blessings.
"I get to be in a home with him that's ours," she said.
The road to recovery has been hard at times, but the Root family's strength has been tested. They have a home, a wealth of good friends and whole lot of faith.
Most importantly, they have each other. It seems that's all this family really needs.
"You can choose to keep your eyes on the circumstances, or you can choose to find joy," Amy Root said. "There's always joy in the midst of sorrow."