When we see someone parking in a handicapped spot, many of us are too quick to judge when we don't notice any obvious disabilities in that person.
It's easy to assume we know how healthy another person is by simply looking at them, but as the saying goes, appearances can be deceiving.
Such is the case for Ste Walker. He has Crohn's disease. He's no stranger to others saying that nothing is wrong with him, either. However, he finally had enough after a recent incident and in an effort to increase awareness about the disease, he wrote a post on Facebook detailing the complications associated with it.
He said, "People are too quick to judge these days, just because I look normal and speak normal, that doesn't mean I don't have a major disability...look a bit closer tho, or ask me questions, and you will soon realise that I have a major illness."
With clothes on, he seems "normal." But when he takes off his shirt, you can clearly see his Hickman line and stoma bag connected to his ileostomy.
Because Crohn's is an inflammatory bowel disease, many patients need to get sections of their bowels removed. When this happens, they cannot process waste and require ileostomy bags to collect it.
Walker isn't able to eat meals at all, so he receives liquid nourishment as well as IV medications through his Hickman line.
He also needs a ryhlls tube, which goes through his nose and reaches into his stomach to help drain it, as the organ doesn't properly work as a healthy one would.
Despite all his hardships and having to spend most of his time in hospitals, Walker is happy to say that sharing the realities of his disease "has got to be the best decision I have made."
He hopes his post will make people realize that "invisible illnesses and disabilities are hard enough to deal with without small minded people or snide comments, so before you make a nasty remark to someone you perceive as 'normal' have a think whether maybe you just can't see what's going on?"
His story really goes to show that we can't always tell what others are going through by their outward appearances. It would do all of us some good to keep this in mind.
(via 22 Words)