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.
My mom had cancer that has spread to her lungs and outwardly, she looked healthy. However, she couldn’t walk very far. She had a blue tag and she got some killer looks while walking to the electric wheel chairs, just because she looked healthy.
Another story: I was chewed out once for fetching one of the electric wheel chairs for her.
My best friends sister has a heart disease and she looks totally normal and everything except for the big scar on her chest and they have a handicap sign and everything, because when she walks too much, she gets very sick and I think she has trouble breathing and she starts throwing up so yes I agree with this. No, not every person with a handicap sign thing is in a wheelchair or some kind of limp. Don’t be so ignorant.
This has happens to my mother so often. She looks amazing and walks with perfect mobility. She has grand mal seizures triggered by heat and sun and we live in California. Walking through long parking lots can easily trigger this and cause her to possibly die from falling and hitting her head on a car or on the ground. For a few years she stopped parking in these spaces because of all of the harassment. She literally was socially pressured into risking her LIFE because of harassment.
NEVER assume you know if someone has a disability. NEVER.
Dude I’m IN a chair part of the time.and get shit amd told ‘well I saw her walking last week!’ Ugh.
My thoughts upon reading the initial post were as follows: “I’m all for disabled people getting benefits, but if they don’t need a wheelchair or a cane to walk, wouldn’t it be polite to not use the handicapped space?”
But after reading what others have added I see my error. Of course there are people who cannot walk too much even though they don’t use a walking aid. Of course those people deserve to park in the handicapped space.
So, thank you for making this post and opening my eyes.
I get this shit all the time. I’m a part time chair user, but someone will see my use my legs for something and just be “bUT YOUR LEGS WORK! YOU’RE NOT DISABLED!!!” like, buddy, listen up, you do not realize the amount of times I fall due to my shitty ligaments or the amount of times my ankles give out and subluxate. On good days, I can a walking aid, but often I’m in so much pain and my legs are so shit at being legs, that I use a wheelchair. I shouldn’t need to show you all my medical paperwork for you to decide whether I’m disabled enough for your standards.
I have friends in their 50s (I’m basically an adopted niece) and I’m always shocked because they both have handicapped placards and they use them and there are days they walk just fine and days they need wheelchairs so obviously you’d think they’d understand invisible disability since they both have it but nope. They constantly complain about young people “stealing spots” and “being lazy” and no amount of explaining will convince them otherwise. When THEY use the handicapped spot it’s because they need it. When someone else uses it its because they’re lazy. This lack of logic drives me insane. Empathy people. Try using some empathy!