“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” ~Emelie Crecco
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. -Orange
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 get this all the time with my knee problems if i’m not wearing my supports
Re-blogging because a similar thing happened to me. I have MS and most of the time LOOK completely healthy even if I’m struggling. One day collecting my kids from school I parked on the opposite side of the road to a double driveway. It was safest place I could park without obstructing anyone and without having to walk too far. I put my disabled badge in the window and when I got out this woman came out from the house with the double driveway and started to have a go at me. “I’m fed up with you lazy mothers blocking my driveway.” I repeat I was not blocking her driveway. I pointed this out and that I have a badge. She didn’t care she wanted me to move my car. I told her that the only place I could move it to was too far for me to walk without discomfort. She didn’t care.
At this point another mother who knew me ran up and calmly told the woman that if she really wanted me to move my car perhaps she could take my MS as well. :)
These stories make me so livid. It reminds of people seeing folks in wheelchairs stand up or walk a few feet and then complain that they are just “using the chairs as excuses for special privilege”.
No, that is what actual able-bodied people I know have done in the past with wheelchairs at Disneyland and I HAVE talked to them about it and how fucked up it was. Because I KNEW these people and I KNEW they weren’t physically disabled in the least.
I don’t remember if he ever got harassed for it, but my best friend had one while going through chemo. It pretty much destroyed his body and he barely had the energy to even go to the store but you generally can’t tell when someone has cancer so he certainly didn’t look the part either. Just another example of why you shouldn’t make those kinds of judgements.
Oh my god youre straight? I had no idea. You seem normal to me. Did you know that Sara is straight to? You two should totally hook up. I cant believe youre straight. You could be my straight best friend. We could go to football games together. Itll be so much fun. So like how long have you been straight? Youre whole life!? No way.