Why We Shouldn’t Test Our Physical Limits To Make Others Feel More Comfortable



By Heidi in The Mighty.


Whenever I am scrolling through chronic illness forums online, I usually come across posts about mobility aids. Having postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, I understand what it feels like to use mobility aids in public without an obvious physical disability.

“But you don’t look sick.”

“Are you taking this for your grandmother?”

“You don’t need that – it’s only a 10 minute walk.”

“Really? We will just be popping into the grocery store for five minutes.”

“You need to learn how to cope with life without mobility aides.”

These are some of the things I have heard people say about my use of a rollator.

If I gave a single sh*t about what people think of me when they see me use a mobility aid with an invisible illness at the age of 24 in public, I would probably shy away from using them. But luckily, I know my limits and I’m not about to test them every time I go out just to make others feel more comfortable.


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