A mother from Ohio wasn't about to sit by and let her daughter, who suffers from Lupus, feel ashamed after a rude stranger left a nasty note on her car.
Corinna Skorpenske says her daughter Harley, 20, parked her car in a handicapped spot outside of a CVS pharmacy in Columbus, reports the Mirror. She had a handicapped sticker on her vehicle, but a stranger apparently still didn't believe she suffered from a condition, possibly because the Ohio State University student is able to walk on her own and shop without assistance. When Harley returned to her car, she found the following note waiting for her on her window:
Since Harley suffers from a "ghost" disease, meaning a condition that isn't visible to the naked eye and may not be perceived as a disability, she is sometimes put in a position of having to defend the fact that she has a disability. The reality is that she has been living with the chronic autoimmune disease since she was 16 and often deals with agonizing pain in her body. She had to drop out of college one semester after a month-long stay at a hospital, her mother told Yahoo! Health, and has suffered from hearing loss and multiple collapsed lungs.
Skorpenske says she wants the person who wrote this note to understand that her daughter is an amazing woman and that the author could have stopped and spoken to her before jumping to conclusions and leaving a letter aimed at shaming her.
Skorpenske took to Facebook, where she posted the original note and her response:
To The Person Who left This on My Daughters Car,
Wishing so much for you to have stopped and talked to this amazing person before leaving this. If you had, you would have known that my daughter has a disease.
Since she was 16 years old, she has been suffering from LUPUS. Basically, her immune system thinks her body inside and out is something bad and attacks it.
It started with her joints swelling and the pain being so bad she could hardly walk. But she continued going to school and keeping up with her community service.
Her Junior year in high school, her illness decided it would hold on to joint attack, and add hair loss and a huge facial rash. But she continued going to school and went to prom wearing a wig.
Her Senior year, she suffered debilitating muscle pain which made it difficult to get out of bed. But she continued studying, got some scholarships for college, dressed in her cheerleader uniform (which she could no longer do) to cheer on her classmates.
In her freshman year in college (at OSU), she started with a chemo like drug, on top of other meds, that constantly made her sick to her stomach, weak and lost lots of weight. She carried on volunteering at a disabilities camp for children with her same illness.
Sophomore year at OSU, we thought she was in remission. But it was not to be; she developed hearing loss because her immune system thought that too was bad. So she started taking Sign Language classes because she knew how it felt to not hear a conversation and did not want to leave anyone out.
Junior year at OSU was really bad. Her lung collapsed three times. She lived in the hospital for a month, having numerous chest tubes put in and taken out. She had to drop the semester of studies. But she said " I will be back" and she did come back but not at 100%.
She struggles every day with permanent damage she has had to one side of her body and with hearing loss, but baby she keeps going!
I may not be a perfect parent, but I know I did good with her!
Many people suffer with these "GHOST" diseases, which you can't see but are just as bad as a physical disability. People die of depression, but we can't see that.
It is my wish to find you. Not to tell you how wrong you were in leaving that note and how you might have turned my daughter's day bad. But to give you the opportunity to meet My Girl. I think you would love her.
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