Julie walked back to her car, which was parked in a handicapped spot. She had the appropriate placard to park there and everything.
But Julie was horrified when she found a handwritten note left on the windshield. There was only one word scribbled on the paper, but it was enough to make her stomach drop:
“Faker,” it read.
What the disrespectful and ignorant author of the note didn’t know was that Julie has a medical condition she has struggled with for eight years.
Julie was diagnosed with an invisible illness called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a terrifying condition that causes her blood pressure to suddenly drop to dangerously low levels, while her heart rate can skyrocket. Symptoms can arise at any moment, which makes her handicap parking very necessary.
Julie was so distressed about the note that she took to social media to talk about what happened to her. “It was a moment of absolute defeat and frustration,” she says. “To once again be invalidated by someone who doesn’t know me and doesn’t know how hard I fight just to walk out to my car was another slap in the face.”
In the video below, Julie makes a powerful appearance on the “The Doctors” to spread awareness about POTS, and other invisible illnesses that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
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