I’m a young, short, blond haired, browned eyed girl. I have EDS type 3, and although many people will have never heard of it, it fucking hurts. I occasionally use crutches at home for the times where I can barely stand, but I do not use them outside yet (When I’m too sick I don’t even think about stepping out my front door.) But that isn’t even the start of what comes with my illness.
When you look at me, you can bet your sweet ass that I don’t look disabled, or whatever people think a disabled person should look like. Even people in the medical profession question me, but I know I’m in pain, you just can’t see it. Now, I’m not criticizing anyone for their preconceived notions of disabled people, since before I got sick, I was small minded and really had no idea that an invisible illness may have even existed.
The message I’m trying to put across here is; try to be a bit more open minded towards people in general. Don’t give that healthy looking guy a hard time for not giving up his seat on the bus, he may be in just as much pain and discomfort as someone fifty years older than him.