IN response to an article regarding a young multiple sclerosis sufferer and the way she was treated when displaying her disabled blue badge while parking.
I have been challenged by elderly people when using a disabled parking space on numerous occasions, mostly at Tesco in March and my doctor’s surgery on Marylebone Road, March. I have had people demanding to prove that it is my badge and to see my photograph.
I am 37 and suffer from osteoporosis. It is a condition where you gradually lose bone material so that your bones become more fragile.
I have suffered with this for over ten years and was issued my blue badge when this was diagnosed.
I am in constant pain and often have pain in my lower spine, hips and legs.
I usually only use my blue badge when I go to Tesco once a week and I am on my own as I cannot always manage to push the trolley far.
If one of my children comes with me to help I use a normal parking bay.
I never abuse my blue badge and if I am having a good day, will always park my car in an ordinary parking bay as I don’t want to use up space needed by someone with a worse condition.
I do agree with Rachael Hill-Hart. The elderly see a young woman and naturally assume she isn’t disabled.
Young people can be and are disabled as well but the symptoms are not always visible.
That does not mean we are not genuine. The elderly expect respect and courtesy from the younger generation. They should have to earn people’s respect. .
I hope with Rachael’s story, people will be more aware that we do not have to be over 60 to be granted the use of a disabled parking badge.