When we see someone parking in a handicapped spot, many of us are too quick to judge when we don’t notice any obvious disabilities in that person.
It’s easy to assume we know how healthy another person is by simply looking at them, but as the saying goes, appearances can be deceiving.
Such is the case for Ste Walker. He has Crohn’s disease. He’s no stranger to others saying that nothing is wrong with him, either. However, he finally had enough after a recent incident and in an effort to increase awareness about the disease, he wrote a post on Facebook detailing the complications associated with it.
He said, “People are too quick to judge these days, just because I look normal and speak normal, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a major disability…look a bit closer tho, or ask me questions, and you will soon realise that I have a major illness.”
With clothes on, he seems “normal.” But when he takes off his shirt, you can clearly see his Hickman line and stoma bag connected to his ileostomy.
Because Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease, many patients need to get sections of their bowels removed. When this happens, they cannot process waste and require ileostomy bags to collect it.