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 never thought about this wow
My mom has scleroderma in her lungs, which means that her lungs develop scar tissue, restricting movement and slowly decreasing the amount of air her lungs can take in. She can’t walk for very long before she needs to stop and take a few breaths. She got a handicapped placard a few years ago. You can imagine the countless dirty looks we got from random people when we stepped out of the car. She can drive to nearby places and go grocery shopping and stuff by herself, but I know that people will see her park in the handicapped parking spot and 99% of the time, they will think that she doesn’t need it. Thankfully, we haven’t gotten angry messages or notes, or we just don’t know about it if my mom decides to not say anything. So please PLEASE spread the word!
Happens to me all the time. If only they knew how much energy it takes and how much pain I endure just to get out of the car. Then to be questioned when I get out. Makes me upset.