Today’s picture for invisible illness is a personal one. This is one of about 30 notes that my friend has received since using her handicapped placard. I’m going to say this to you, have you ever seen someone get out of a car parked in a handicapped space and said to yourself “they look too young or they don’t look disabled.” I’m going to go with yes you have, because we all have at one time. I can’t remember doing it, but before I understood the difficulties of invisible illness when I was younger I probably did. Let me ask you this though, when you had that thought was it because you knew with 100% certainty that they weren’t handicapped or did you assume that because of their age and/or not seeing a cane, walker or wheelchair? All I’m asking is that we stop and think when we someone need a mobility aid, park in a handicapped space or say they are disabled that we remember this “DISABILITY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH AGE OR APPEARNACE.” #spoonie #invisibleillness #disability #chronicillness #rheumatoidarthritis #lupus #fibromyalgia #myofascialpainsyndrome
If nothing else, this post needs to be seen around the internet more. This harassment is not okay and no one should have to deal with it on top of having an invisible illness. This is just another form of anonymous bullying to add to the internet bullying these TROLLS are capable of.
If you are healthy, please reblog.
If you are sick, please reblog.
If you have a disability, please reblog.
If you have an invisible illness, please reblog.
If you know someone with a disability, please reblog.
If you are a human being, please reblog.
Let’s spread the word and help those of us that may not look like it.
Ignorance isn’t bliss, ignorance is ignorance.
I remember this happening when I was out with my mother CONSTANTLY growing up, and even people saying something to her when we got out because they couldn’t see her post-polio problems, because the symptoms and her limp weren’t flaring up, mainly because SHE HAD THIS SPOT AND DIDN’T HAVE TO WALK THROUGH A MASSIVE PARKING LOT.
That being said, I do get very angry when I see people without a permit in these spots, because I know how much they are needed. But if someone has a permit, LEAVE THEM ALONE. You do not get to judge the ‘validity’ of their disability. A doctor already did that, which is how they got the permit.
Another thing that enrages me is when even now I am out with my mother, in her car, and she wants to stop somewhere to pick something up quickly. She takes the handicapped spot, and I wait while she does whatever, and watch all the people giving me, a young and seemingly able bodied person, the most evil stares.
Once I decided I would go inside after sitting in the car for a bit, and someone confronted me getting out of the car. I explained it was my mother’s car and her permit. They started in on how if I was with her, I could drive, and drop her at the door, and then come pick her up when she was done. And I have done that, if there isn’t an available handicapped spot. But as I informed this obnoxious gentleman - it is my mother’s car, she wants to drive it, I am not her nurse maid nor does she need one. She is completely fine, she just needs to park her car closer to entrances. That’s it. Leave her alone. Fuck off.