It’s worth remembering that not all illnesses are visible.
Yasmin Swift, a 19-year-old hairdresser from Ashford, Kent, knows this all too well; around seven months ago, she was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare lung disorder whose cause is unknown.
Symptoms vary in terms of severity, but they can include heart palpitations, frequent shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting spells. In Swift’s case, the illness became so severe that she was forced to take six months away from school to recover.
Naturally, Swift is entitled to a disabled parking badge – her decreased lung capacity makes it more difficult to walk long distances, making a close parking spot a necessity.
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