Though she might not have looked like it when she parked in a handicapped space and got out of her car with her son, Sarah Metcalfe suffers from chronic pain.
The 35-year-old mother from the U.K. and her 13-year-old son, Jack, went into a grocery store and when they came back out, there was something on her car that left both of them "devastated."
It was a note that read: "Being fat and ugly doesn't count as being disabled (park elsewhere)."
"Both me and Jack were devastated to find the note," Metcalfe, who has fibromyalgia, said, according to the Mirror. "I think they must have seen me leaving my car with a smile on my face so assumed I wasn't disabled or in pain."
Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-related condition that, according to the National Institutes of Health, is the "cause significant pain and fatigue, and it can interfere with a person’s ability to carry on daily activities."
Metcalfe said that she doesn't claim disability benefits or have a tag for her car to allow her to park in handicapped spots because she usually just tries to "get on with it."
"But the pain was so bad on this occasion that I was forced to used a disabled bay to limit the walk," she said, noting that there were many other open spots for disabled individuals.
According to the Mirror, Metcalfe said she was at first hurt, then angry and has since calmed down, but she wants to speak to the person who left the note because "not all disabilities are visible."
"I think the person who did this should come forward. I just want to talk to them about what it's like to live with a disability like this," she said. "I think they should have thought about the impact that writing this could have had on the wrong person. I consider myself quite a strong person, but this could have gone on someone's car who couldn't handle such nasty personal abuse."
(H/T: Daily Mail)
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