By Laura Collins and Lucy Robinson in ABC.Net Australia.
Fed up with judgemental looks, comments and confrontations, a young South Australian woman living with a debilitating disease is calling for more recognition of ‘invisible’ disabilities.
- Sarah Larcombe has undergone seven major surgeries in nine years
- She has a disability permit and is under strict instructions not to carry heavy loads
- Blue Badge survey found most people with ‘invisible’ disabilities had been harassed while parked
Mount Gambier resident Sarah Larcombe, 26, suffers from Crohn’s disease, a chronic auto-immune illness that causes inflammation of the bowel.
But despite having undergone seven major surgeries over the past nine years — including one to remove her entire large bowel and replace it with an ileostomy bag — Ms Larcombe does not appear sick or disabled.
“You perceive me to look like a young, healthy individual, and it’s the total opposite,” said Ms Larcombe, who has been issued a disability permit and is under strict instructions not to carry heavy loads.
“Being [parked] closer to the store helps so much, particularly when I’m carrying heavy shopping bags,” she said.
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