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I used to be one of ‘those’ people

I would see someone pull into a handicap spot and look perfectly fine as they walk into a store. I would assume they were cheating and shake my head in disgust. But things change, especially when you are diagnosed with MS.

I work on a college campus and it was a ten minute walk to and from my office. I was fine in the morning but at the end of some days it was all I could do to make it to my car. I finally asked my Dr. for a handicap placard so I could park closer. I don’t use it all the time besides at work but when I have a lot of errands to run or work to do when I get home it is a life saver.

I no longer assume when I see people that ‘look’ fine that they are being fraudulent . I don’t know their situation or what kind of pain they live with. I am no longer judging others, I am the one that is probably being judged because I look ‘fine’.

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  • Teri Stanley
    5 years ago

    It is hard to know sometimes, as there are people using the placard or parking in the handicap spaces who don’t need it. Most of us know that for a fact. I have to agree, that I have questioned in my mind sometimes, early on, especially if someone comes running back to their car …ha!
    But, now I have removed that worry from my mind. It just doesn’t help anything IMO, and I sure don’t need the extra stress. When it’s all said and done, it is in the heart of the driver who makes that decision and either is heartfelt for really needing it, or in the conscience of those who don’t.
    So, yes, I used to be one of ‘those’ people. But, just for me, I do better giving everyone in the parking lot the benefit of the doubt and just moving on with my day.But we all handle things the way that is best for ourselves.

  • mamawags
    5 years ago

    I’m right there with you! I also totally understand the exhaustion at the end of a shopping trip or day! Thanks for sharing so I now know I’m not alone.

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