Hello, my name is Kate and this is my introduction to what I am sure is going to make for some interesting reading for you all.

Since being diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the age of 21 my life has become a surreal roller coaster of extremes.

I am a fighter, I am a survivor, I am determined.

My MS is so aggressive I now have to live my life minute by minute; debilitating symptoms from speech difficulties to violently tremoring limb have a rapid onset and I never know what’s going to happen from one minute to the next. I am living in constant pain so I can more than empathise with the chronic pain sufferers out there.

MS is a massive part of my life but I don’t know if people realise how time it takes up being disabled but I make the most of every minute, I live the life I live because of my MS and I like to think from time to town that my suffering is in some way a blessing, since the age of 21 I’ve known what is truly important in life; some people spend their entire lives trying to figure what they actually want.

Living my life the way I do I achieve my goals, I push the boundaries and more than anything I challenge the stereotype of what disability looks like! MS in many ways is an invisible illness, this can be a positive and a negative; I will speak at length about this no doubt. After being challenged by a fellow blue badge holder to prove that my blue badge is indeed mine I decided to take stand for those of us who are living and suffering with invisible illnesses.

Enjoy my blog, happy reading!

Best wishes,
Kate Langwine-Cooke


One thought on “Invisible Illness – Kate’s blog

  1. Kate
    I understand and sympathise with your plight. The real problem is not people with hidden disabilities, it is rude and inconsiderate drivers who are not disabled taking these spaces. Both we, who have obvious disabilities, and those with hidden illnesses should always challenge those who don’t appear to have a disability. If you have a disability fine but I don’t worry about having to offer proof if asked. I would rather be challanged than allow these ignorant car drivers to deny us a space that meets our disability needs because they are too lazy to walk an extra 15 feet.
    I have had people tell me that disabled spaces don’t operate in the rain, they only have to buy a few items and won’t be long and that they are shopping for a disabled person and so were entitled to use that spot. I even had one woman who told me that her needs were greater than mine for that space as she suffered with an ingrowing toenail.
    I usually walk with two sticks and am quite unsteady on my feet but often need to use a wheelchair. I challenged one lady who was grossly overweight. No blue badge but she argued that her weight was her disability. I pointed out this is not a disability but a lifestyle choice. (On observing her at the till she had lots of chocolate,cakes and junk food (but had bought diet coke))
    If we challenge these people and petition those in government to make parking in disabled spaces illegal, there will be the spaces we need. Please don’t be angry at being challenged, be angry that it is necessary to do so in the first place.


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