The nerve!….This goes out to all the spoonies.
“My name is Emelie Crecco, I’m 20 years old and I have cystic fibrosis. CF affects the lungs (as of many organs in the body) because of this I have a handicapped sticker. I’m not one to “abuse” the sticker, meaning I use it when I’m having a “bad day” (some days its a little harder to breathe). Today was HOT so I needed to use my sticker. I was running errands all day around my town, I pulled into a handicapped spot, placed the sticker in my mirror and continued into the store. Upon returning to my car I found a note written by someone, it said “Shame on you, you are NOT handicapped. You have taken a space that could have been used by an actually handicapped person. You are a selfish young lady.” I was LIVID. How can someone be so ignorant and cowardly? They clearly saw me walk out of my car, why not approach me? Not all handicaps are visible. I would love for you to share this story. It would help spread awareness for CF, but it would help open people’s minds to what handicapped really is.
Thank you for your time”
A friend of mine fell over 20 feet and basically broke half his ribs, punctured his lung, broke his arm in three places that required many surgeries to fix and messed up a nerve in his leg. He had to walk with a cane for a long time after it and some lady in a restaurant thought he was just walking with a cane for the hell of it and she ripped it from his hands and grabbed his messed up arm and shook him and told him he was an awful human being for pretending to be handicapped. What the fuck people?
This is what real ableism looks like.
I have ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disorder which causes my body to attack my colon, and I qualify for one of those stickers. I’m scared to get one, though, because I look healthy and whole.
A mutual friend of mine’s mother has severe fibromyalgia (that gives her a handicapped pass) and as she was walking to her car after buying her groceries, a man actually lunged at her and started yelling at her about her “not looking handicapped”. It left her mother shaking and crying, of course, and it just makes me so angry how awful and ignorant some people can be.
Not all handicaps are visible
Can I just pin this sentence on every lamppost all over the planet please
I’m 21 and have Fibromyalgia (because it effects young people too. I got diagnosed when I was 16 or 17) and I could get a handicap plate/sticker/tag thing. I was honestly going to at one point because I was in a bad period of it. I had trouble breathing from the pain and had to hold onto someone to walk and had to basically drop out of high school because of it. Not only that, but my memory completely left me for a while. I would repeat myself over and over and over and it scared me.
Because you couldn’t see it a “friend” of mine started spreading shit about me around school saying I wasn’t actually sick because I was going to go to FL with my mom to visit family and was going to go to the Universal to go the HP park. I got a lot of shit and had to explain that it was only because I needed something small like this trip to get away from the constant health tests and being in the hospital. As it was, it was so bad I couldn’t do anything and had a major panic attack.
I shouldn’t have had to explain ANY of this. I shouldn’t have had to feel bad about it and I did.