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.
My mom suffers from fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disease that makes her feel awful and extremely fatigued ALL THE TIME. She qualifies for one of these stickers but doesn’t have one due to finances and her always being busy. If someone were to say this to her I’d have no problem kicking them in the face, because my mother works hard and deals with so much stress. Just because you “look” healthy, doesn’t mean you ARE healthy.
goes back to the saying never judge a book by its cover. you don’t know what handicaps people have that aren’t easily seen
Also a note- I have seen people get upset over “fakes” in the past because they see it’s a redish one- and I would just like to say there are different types of these flyers/stickers/hand on the mirror things
Here are some quotes from Kentucky’s dmv (first I could find online but most states have similar rules I am assuming ( http://www.dmv.state.ne.us/dvr/permits/handicap.html )
"TYPES OF HANDICAPPED PARKING PERMITS
A Permanent Permit is blue in color and indicates the permit holder has a permanent medical condition. A Permanent Permit must be renewed every six (6) years. All Permanent Permits expire on the last day of the month of the applicant’s birthday in the sixth (6th) year of issuance.
A Temporary Permit is red in color and is valid for three (3) or six (6) months as determined the medical professional certifying the applicant’s medical condition. If after the initial period has expired the temporary condition still exists, a Temporary Permit may be renewed one time for an additional three (3) or six (6) month period. If after the Temporary permit has been renewed the condition remains, the individual must apply for a Permanent Permit.”
I have asthma and think thats terrible how people can be so cruel. I look healthy but i cant do so many things because of this shit and its not funny. In what kind of world we live where people assess other people just only from the look forth? I cant unterstand it …