A mom suffering from MS in Australia penned a powerful letter on Facebook to the person who left a heartbreaking note, accusing her of abusing a disability parking spot, on top of her windshield.
Justine Van Den Borne had just turned 35 when doctors diagnosed her with Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative disease that slowly degrades the lining around the nerve cells in a person’s brain and spine.
While many people with MS are wheelchair-bound, every case is different; and Justine is determined to stay active and walking for as long as she possibly can.
On Monday, Justine was actually having a pretty good day out shopping with her daughter, who tries to enjoy every moment she has with her mom.
But all that happiness was shattered when the pair came back to the car and found a disturbing note left on Justine’s windshield.
"Did you forget your wheelchair???" the cold-hearted stranger wrote, anonymously, of course.
While nobody has a right to question another person’s health or fitness levels, Justine was especially affected by the note, since she rarely gets to enjoy such relaxing days anymore.
In this powerful open letter on Facebook, Justine responded to the anonymous writer’s obvious lack of respect for people with disabilities:
“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. 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.”
While it’s impossible to know whether or not the person who left the note got the chance to read Justine’s deeply emotional letter, her Facebook post has already been shared more than 15,000 times.