So yesterday I posted this beautiful bunch and asked people to tell me which four they thought were perfectly healthy and why!
The results are:
1 person got 2 people correct.
5 people got 1 correct.
20 people got 0 correct.
Not one person could tell me what they based their answers on, every person said it was a random guess.
THIS was the sole purpose of this experiment.
Four people out of nineteen are perfectly healthy, the rest live with chronic illness or illnesses.
Every single day, we face prejudice from people, who tell us we don't look sick or we don't look disabled.
This experiment shows, that you can not tell who lives with chronic illnesses just by looking at someone's face or body. Not all disabilities require a wheelchair or a walking frame, which is why they're called 'invisible illnesses'. But invisible or not, a disability is just that. It does not make our disabilities any less debilitating because you can't tell by looking at us.
Twice last week, I was forced to defend myself, yet again, because of the ignorance of two complete strangers who decided to berate me about my rights! Apparently, I had no right to use a disabled toilet, despite the fact I hold a disabled toilet card and radar key and I have no right to park in a disabled parking bay, despite clearly displaying a blue badge.
Every single day, someone living with chronic illness is forced into a situation, that is not only upsetting but embarrassing too, due to the ignorance and contempt of a stranger verbally bashing them, for not 'looking' disabled, not looking old enough to be disabled or looking too well to be disabled.
It is not ok to call someone out based on what you see or what your perception of a disability is. It is upsetting, it is humiliating, it is traumatic, it is demeaning and it is wrong.
NEVER judge a book by its cover.
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