Heartbreaking response of teen with invisible illness to cruel note left on car which claimed she wasn’t disabled
A teenager with a life-limiting illness has written a heartbreaking response to the “judgemental” person who left a note slamming her for parking in an accessible parking bay.
Yasmin Swift, 19, was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension – a serious lung condition – seven months ago.
The condition occurs spontaneously, has no known cause and has a life expectancy of up to 17 years with IV line medication therapy.
She was out with a friend yesterday evening in Tenterden, Kent when she parked in an accessible parking space and displayed her blue badge.
But when she returned there was a nasty note from someone accusing her of not being disabled at all – despite Yasmin struggling to breathe and walk normally.
Shocked and hurt by the brazen note, Yasmin took to Facebook to call out whoever left the message, eager to raise awareness about peoples’ attitudes to invisible illnesses.
Yasmin said discovering the note made her “furious” and desperate to challenge outdated attitudes about disabilities.
She said: “Whoever wrote this couldn’t write their name, couldn’t write their number and didn’t want to approach me in person.”
It wasn’t until the next day she saw the note telling her she had parked “illegally”.
The person also wrote they would “inform authorities” about the hairdresser, reports Kent Live .
Determined to respond Yasmin said how “angry and frustrated” she was by the note.
She was also keen to call out “arrogant” people for judging those with invisible illnesses.
She said: “On our way home, we crossed the road and I didn’t actually notice the letter until this morning as it was dark when I left and it was low down on the windscreen
“Luckily it was still here this morning.
“I was angry and frustrated. To be honest it does make me laugh because I just think people are so arrogant to people with invisible illnesses.”
And keen to directly address the author of the note Yasmin said: “If I could speak to you, the person that left the note, I would say, just please don’t judge.
“Just because I’m not in a wheelchair or have a visible ailment, it doesn’t mean I’m not entitled to use a disabled space.
“On the one hand I just wish I had been able to see you so I could speak to you. But on the other, actually I wouldn’t want to waste my breath on someone so judgemental.
“I understand that you could make that judgement, but its one of them things you might think but you wouldn’t actually go to the point of actually writing that on someone’s car.”
Unfortunately, Yasmin has experienced this kind of prejudice before.
She said: “You can tell people are staring when you get of the car and stuff like that but nobody had actually said anything before, let alone left a note.
“When I put my badge up I feel like I have to walk out of the car limping. But I shouldn’t have to feel like that, because there is an illness there but it just doesn’t show.”
Since sharing the note on Facebook, Yasmin says she has received lots of positive and supportive comments.
She added: “I just hope that the post makes people think before they jump to such damaging conclusions.
“Something like that it could seriously affect someone with an invisible illness.
“It’s lucky I am how I am and it just kind of brushes past me, but to some people that note could have had a big effect on them.”
Read the full article online: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/heartbreaking-response-teen-invisible-illness-12955781
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