A young lady by the name of Yasmin Swift just delivered an important reminder about not judging a book by its cover.
Her reminder came after she received an angry letter on her car’s windshield.
“You are parked illegaly. You are NOT DISABLED. I will inform authorities accordingly.”
But Swift, in fact, suffers from Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
According to Health Line, idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) is a “lung disorder characterized by high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. In this instance, ‘idiopathic’ means that the cause of the pulmonary artery hypertension is unknown.”
Symptoms of IPAH can vary based on severity, but can include shortness of breath, fainting, dizziness, chest pain and heart palpitations. Swift’s battle with IPAH became so severe that she had to take six months off of school. Her illness warrants her the use of a disabled parking badge which she even had displayed on her dashboard when the note was left.
Here is a picture of her with her badge.
Yasmin took the opportunity to educate Facebook that some illnesses may not be visible to the eye, but that doesn’t make them any less legitimate.
Other people who suffer from “invisible illnesses” identified with Yasmin’s frustrations.
“Sorry you experienced this, people do not engage their brains unfortunately. I have a chronic condition called dilated cardiomyopathy and can have very good days and very bad ones. I am in a support group and there are much younger people who suffer from this condition too, who have received judgemental comments including them having a disabled badge. Someone once told me to say I won’t judge your ignorance if you do not judge my invisible illness.”
“My 24 year old daughter has days she can’t walk but like you, no “visible” disability. She’s had a blue badge for 3 years and whilst she’s yet to be left a note has had numerous instances of people confronting her about her apparent lack of disability. I’m sorry to say that this probably won’t be the last time you have an experience like this but well done for highlighting an issue that so many people experience on a daily basis and I wish you well in every other way for the future”
Unfortunately, the fight to respect these illnesses is not a new one. Some people have been called “frauds” by people who haven’t taken the time to understand the intricacies of their health.
Swift’s experience is stirring a very important conversation about these lesser-known and harder-to-see illnesses.
This makes me SO angry, only talking to my daughter this morning about invisible illnesses. I hope whoever wrote this note can educate their small mind Teenager, 19, with hidden illness slams 'judgmental' anonymous driverhttps://t.co/LhFPFxOb81
— Amie Pegs (@Amos_pegs) July 21, 2018
There are some very ignorant people out there. Not all disabilities are visible or age related. This young lady should not have to justify herself.
— Sherean (@ShereanSkinner) July 21, 2018
“What really annoys about people like those leaving notes on windscreens is that the poor girl now has to justify to the world how she is disabled and why she needs a badge.You wouldn’t question people in a doctor’s surgery about what ailments they have so why can’t this girl live her life as difficult as it is, without being scrutinised about HER PERSONAL life. We are so judgmental that breaching people’s privacy now is a daily occurrence on social media “
While Yasmin Swift shouldn’t need to justify her parking, hopefully her public defense has inspired someone to think before jumping to conclusions about invisible illnesses.
Or maybe, people could just mind their own business when a handicapped parking permit is clearly visible.