Handicapped Parking

I am guilty of watching someone park in a handicapped parking spot and judging whether or not they should be parking there.  They get out and they look completely fine.  Hello Shannon, you can’t see all disabilities, CF included!  Pretty much the only sign that there is a disability in someone with CF is if they wears oxygen.  I have been thinking about when is the right time to apply for/get a handicapped placard as my lung function has declined 24% since moving to TN 22 months ago.   It has been a battle in my mind of accepting the fact that my lungs are as sucky as they are and being ready for even more stares from people.  I know there will be people who make comments that I am “perfectly healthy” or even leave nasty notes on my car saying that I should be ashamed that I am taking a parking spot from someone who actually needs it.  You may be saying that won’t happen.  Well it does, has and will.  It has happened to friends of mine and I’m sure it will happen to me at some point.  I just have to be prepared mentally for it. Continue reading