I haven’t posted for a long while, but something very unpleasant happened to me today, and an unpleasant thing shared is (I hope) an unpleasant thing halved. I got out of my wheelchair briefly, and then got back in. Then I heard a woman muttering to her friend (it was at a bus stop) “There’s nothing wrong with his legs, I saw him walking”. I turned round and, with the vehemence of considerable anger, I said “Actually there’s quite a LOT wrong with my legs”. “I saw you walking” she said. “Yeah, and how far can I walk?” I replied. No answer, though she seems to think she knows all about me … “Well, I wonder if YOU’d like to have Multiple Sclerosis one day?” I added - again no answer. My anger came through loud and clear and I managed to convey my anger purely with a rock-solid voice, without ranting or shouting. After that she shut up.
This is a situation I have been fearing for some time. It’s the situation where ignorant people assume that walking is a binary thing: you can walk or you can’t walk. They don’t see that there can be grey areas, you can walk maybe 100 yards, or 10 yards, and so if they see the slightest hint that your legs are not totally paralysed, they assume you’re a fraud.
I’m very angry, but also very pleased at how calmly and firmly I handled the situation - I took no crap from her.