There have been so many posts lately through social media about attacks on disabled people, namely the use of disabled badges and people not understanding the meaning or importance of that little blue badge.
Justine Van Den Borne (from Australia) posted this picture on Facebook along with a post which explains her condition to the world. Justine has MS. But actually Justine having MS doesn’t matter, it does not matter to the person that left this note, it’s none of their business why she has a disabled badge and she should not have to justify her ill health to a complete stranger.
What is this world coming to that we think it’s acceptable to treat people in this way? Do “we” not have enough on our plate dealing with our illness without having to justify our every single move?
I to have have disabled badge, and I’m so utterly grateful for it. It allows me to atleast in part function like i used to do. Walking any distance hurts me, and not being able to get out of the car is frustrating, all this amongst other things I have to deal with daily.
Do you honestly think I appreciate the glaring looks I get when I get out of the car in a marked disabled space? Do you think I appreciate your glowering eyes following my every step just so you can see if I like “disabled” enough to you? Your “tutting” and muttering under your breath. It’s not required. Never will be.
I don’t want to have a badge. I never thought I would ever have one (well till I was about 90 years old anyway!), so do you think that’s easy for me, accepting that my life has changed so much I now rely on a blue bit of plastic and a slightly larger space so I can go about my daily life and try and live in less pain?
But yet here I am justifying myself again. Why?!
But hey, atleast social media is allowing “us” the chance to respond to these ignorant people and justify our health to them. Because we have nothing better to do with our time?!
All I ask is, be human, be kind and don’t be so bloody ignorant and down right rude. That person you give glowering looks to or take pictures of and report them, has probably dealt with an unbelievable amount of crap that day, more than you’ve ever had in your lifetime. Think about how much time, energy, strength and courage it’s taken that person just to leave the house.
Nobody wants to be disabled, and NOBODY needs to justify heir disability.