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Woman with Multiple Sclerosis Receives Insensitive Note From A Stranger

Justine Van Den Borne is an Australian woman who was heading out to shop at the Mitcham Shopping Center with her daughter. When she returned to her car, she saw a note placed above her disability parking permit on her dashboard.

The note read “Did you forget your wheelchair???” Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Van Den Borne took to Facebook to write:

“To person that left this on my car last week at Mitcham Shopping Centre- I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was 35. Not just MS but the worst one that never goes away and is slowly crippling my life. My kids have had to deal with things that kids shouldn't ever have to deal with and all of our futures are forever changed. On the day you saw me I was having a good day, I was walking with my daughter unaided having a nice day.

Thank you for ruining that. You made me feel like people were looking at me, the exact way I feel when I can't walk properly. I am sick of people like yourself abusing me on my good days for using a facility I am entitled to. A disability doesn't always mean a person has to be wheelchair bound but lucky for you I one day will be.”

Van Den Born said, "Because of my age, they look at me, and automatically presume I'm doing the wrong thing. But actually I can't carry my own shopping, can't walk long distance, I have the bladder of an 80-year-old."

She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 35, and it has since gotten worse.

Van Den Borne went on to say “It's difficult, every day it gets a little bit harder. I can't do zips up, can't do buttons up, probably won't able to drive soon and lose a bit more independence, unfortunately."

Van Den Borne added, “Right now my focus is to walk into my best friends wedding next September and not have to be pushed. I will be 42. Before you ruin another persons day remember you don't know everything and just because you can't see it it doesn't mean a person isn't struggling to put one foot in front of the other.”

Photo: The Age, Daily Mail

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