A woman in Arkansas was shocked to discover a cruel note on her car, written by a stranger who shamed her for parking in a handicap spot.
Julie McGovern shared her story in a Facebook post, revealing that she discovered a note that read “Faker” on her car — written by someone accusing her of faking a disability in order to be able to park in a handicap spot. Unbeknownst to the accuser, McGovern suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), AOL reported.
“I thought my excessive fatigue, sore throat, headache, and over all sickness was due to being a freshman living in the dorms. It is not uncommon to get sick in that environment,” McGovern, a former athlete, wrote of her condition.
“However, my symptoms progressed and I went to the Dr. As soon as I learned about the mono, I immediately stopped these activities," she added.
“My physician believed because of the mono and my continued activity, the mono destroyed my autonomic system, which controls all things in the body that are automatic,” she said. “This illness effects literally every organ in the body."
Having POTS meant that McGovern’s blood pressure could drop to dangerously low levels, and her heart rate could suddenly increase significantly.
“Being a young person with an invisible chronic illness is one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with,” she said. “People think I look fine, so I am not sick. It isn't that I'm looking for sympathy, but respect and compassion."
When she received a handicap sticker for her car, McGovern said she began to fear that people would perceive it as fake due to the fact that she looked well on the outside. On July 20, her fear came true.
“I was hurt, I was angry, I wanted my voice to be heard, but this person is a coward and could not tell me what he/she thought to my face," she wrote. "This person incorrectly perceived my situation, because it is impossible for someone my age to have an illness.
"This person doesn't know me or my struggles. They don't know what this illness has taken from me. They don't see the countless nights I cry myself to sleep, soaking my pillow with tears, pleading – praying for God to heal me. They don't see the weakness, the pain, the symptoms that are very real, but only I can feel. They don't understand, and until it happens to them they never will."
McGovern’s post soon went viral after being shared on Facebook — garnering over 1,000 shares. Readers expressed their support for the young woman and applauded her brave response.
“I'm so sorry that you had to go through this, but you know how real this illness is, and there are plenty of people in this world who will always be committed to misunderstanding other people's situations,” one reader commented.
“One other thing, Julie, it's not A fear anymore. It's a victory in your rear view mirror,” another added. “Keep pressing forward.”
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