Dis­abled mother shocked at at­tack over park­ing space

Blue badge holder with ‘in­vis­i­ble’ dis­abil­ity ‘shouted and screamed at’

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Sam, 35, suf­fers from car­diomy­opa­thy, a heart dis­ease, and mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis – ill­nesses which can re­main hid­den but mean Sam is some­times left bed-bound for days.

Af­ter the Bea­cons­field mother parked in a disa- bled space at Lit­tle Chal­font’s Costa, she was ap­proached by a woman who “shouted and screamed” at her for do­ing so.

Sam said the ver­bal at­tack came from a carer with a woman in a wheel­chair – who was distressed through­out the in­ci­dent – and an on-looker had to in­ter­vene.

Af­ter the al­ter­ca­tion, Sam took to Face­book to ex­press her anger in a post which gained more than 100 likes and re- ceived more than 50 com­ments from peo­ple shar­ing sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Just be­cause some­one doesn’t ‘look dis­abled’, doesn’t mean that they’re not,” Sam posted on the site.

“No­body knows ev­ery in­di­vid­ual’s life and what they go through on a daily ba­sis, so please don’t judge be­cause we ‘look okay’, be­cause you have no idea.

“Let’s hope that one day you never end up like me, be­ing judged by oth­ers for hav­ing an in­vis­i­ble dis­abil­ity.”

Sam, who showed her blue badge to the an­gered res­i­dent, was dis­ap­pointed her orig­i­nal post was deleted as she said aware­ness needed to be raised about hid­den dis­abil­i­ties.

Sam said: “The woman didn’t un­der­stand what I go through on a day-to- day ba­sis – I was so an­gry and up­set by it all, I just got back into my car and burst into tears.

“It’s dis­gust­ing how some­one could do that, I was so in­tim­i­dated by the whole thing.

“The fact that so many peo­ple com­mented on the Face­book post shows that aware­ness needs to be raised about dis­abil­i­ties which may be hid­den.”

The blue badge holder was parked in a dis­abled park­ing space

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