As I sit back and think of my invisible fights today I believe it may be one that you have been drawn into yourself. I’ll let you decide for yourself which side of this one you have been picked up on. Hopefully NONE of my readers have chosen the side that is a fight for me.
Currently 1 in 5 people in America are disabled. That’s roughly 56.7 million people. That was the number from 2010. That is based on the number of people receiving disability. As you know there are NUMEROUS others who deserve disability that have not yet won their cases. Although I’m sure they have since 2010.
Currently 1 in 2 people in America have an Invisible Illness. That is 133 million people. Will you look at those two numbers again?
Disability = 2010 = 1 in 5 people = 56.7 million
Invisible Illness = 1 in 2 people = 133 million people
That is staggering!!! I remembered 10 years ago I asked my Pain Management doctor for a handicap parking tag because walking was unbearable for me. This was during a period of time I was totally bedridden and homeschooling my kids in bed with me was more exhausting than words could explain. Getting up and going to my doctor one day a month was excruciating. He said “I’d rather you walk”. While walking is great exercise for someone with Fibromyalgia. Some days walking just wasn’t an option. I walked out of there as downtrodden as I was as when I walked in.
There have been many days that walking bent over because of pain in my back would not allow me to walk upright has been my only option. Or days when my knee would give out because it was so weak and so sore. Their have been countless days that I’ve not been able to climb the stairs in my house until my husband would come home at night to help me for my fear of falling.
In 2013 when I was diagnosed with cancer my oncologist signed me up for a handicap parking tag. Because the lifelong tag was cheaper than the short-term tag we chose to go with them life long tag. We have to renew it yearly like we do the car tag. I do not use it every time. I use it if I need it. But I am constantly aware of being “looked at” when I get in and out of my car. By the statistics above you wouldn’t think so many people would be looking twice and be so judgmental of who is driving and make it their business as to why that driver is parking there. But it our world everyone’s business is everyone else’s business I suppose.
I already have an issue with feeling guilty about what I say and what I do. So I’m always scared that someone is angry with me for using the space that I NEED at a store. I wish I had a sticker on my car that said this
I don’t think people with an attitude would care to read it though. Maybe big stickers on the sides of my doors like this would be best.
That’s not a bad idea! I could probably sell a million of those, you think? I don’t even know if that would be legal. Then I’d be in trouble with the law in another way.
So as I suggested in the first paragraph, which side of this matter do you find yourself on? At any rate, Parking in a handicap parking spot is my right just as much as it is someone with a visible disability! And THAT is my #InvisibleFight for #InvisibleIllness #IIW2015 And if you don’t like it then you might get one of these and find that you still have a thing or two to learn.