I’m young and hot so people think I’m not disabled – people have a go at me for parking in Blue Badge spots
A WOMAN has blasted people who judge her for parking in Blue Badge spots as no one believes that she's "legally disabled."
Rhiannon, from Melbourne Australia, suffers from fibromyalgia – a chronic pain condition – which causes extreme pain and fatigue.
She recently shared a video on TikTok blasting those who say she "doesn't look disabled" insisting that she won't mould herself to "fit your idea of disabled."
Holding up her parking permit, which she displayed in her car, she ranted: "See this [permit], this is really hard to get.
"I park in my disabled parking, and put up my [permit] – tell me why this old f***er comes up to me and thinks that it is their business to go 'you don't look disabled'."
She continued: "Do you want me to cut off my f****ing legs so that I look disabled enough for you?
"What the f****. Like, oh let me get out of the car and be bent over and limping, just so I fit your idea of disabled."
In a follow up video she explains the extend of her illness, which commonly includes increased pain, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, and problems with sleep.
She said some days she feels better than others which means she doesn't always use the disability parking spots if she feels she can walk without excessive pain.
"I understand there are people who are not as lucky as I am in my disability and need [the spot] more than I do," she said.
Rhiannon received an outpouring of support from people who saw the clip, which has been viewed over 1.2 million times.
What is fibromyalgia?
According to the NHS, fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.
As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have:
- increased sensitivity to pain
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- muscle stiffness
- difficulty sleeping
- problems with mental processes (known as "fibro-fog"), such as problems with memory and concentration
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating
Many others shared their own similar experiences with "invisible disabilities."
"I have a sticker on the back of my car that says 'invisible disabilities are still disabilities'. It happens constantly," one person commented.
"It shocks me how many people get discriminated against because they don't fit the stereotype!" another said.
Rhiannon took to Instagram the following day and said she was overwhelmed by the support she'd received, Yahoo Australia reports.
"I am so glad it’s opening up the discussion on disability and invisible illnesses," she wrote in the post.
"I never knew how many others experienced the same as me. Having random people have a debate over the legitimacy of my health condition is daunting and disheartening, but I’m so thankful that the majority are compassionate, caring & supportive.
"If me sharing my story helps even one person feel less alone or stops them from being questioned it’s all worth it. Love always. And remember, don’t judge a book by its cover."
Rhiannon isn't the only one as this woman says life with fibromyalgia is hell, she sleep for 15 hours-a-day & is covered in rashes – she's told she's too pretty to be ill.
And this woman says she's trolled for having fibromyalgia – people call her an attention-seeker & even friends reckon she's making it up.
Plus this mum says she's sick of perfect mums judging her for being a bad parent – her kids eat junk & her house is a mess but she's proud of it.
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