Handicapped Prejudice

United States
@2bepink (126)
December 14, 2006 9:49pm CST
I have been ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia for the past 16 years. I also have a very painful bladder disease called Interstitial Cystitis. I am only in my late 30's, but due to all of my health problems, and the severity of them, my doctor issued me a handicapped placard for in my car. I only use it on the days where I can't get around very good and I do not take advantage of having one. What is very frustrating for me is that even though I do need one, I have received dirty comments, stares, and been ridiculed by complete strangers because I park in handicapped areas. People assume that if you are not in a wheelchair, you are not disabled. People also assume that because you are younger that you are not handicapped. A lot of the remarks that I get are from elderly people. I guess these elderly people feel that if they don't have to park in the handicapped zones, then why should a young person have to. What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt someone was not deserving to park in a handicapped zone because of their age or because they were not in a wheelchair?