So here is what happened- I use a wheelchair part time. I am taking a lab course at college and i use ti because i cannot stand up the whole time or if I go on outings with people to places like the mall, or on trips because otherwise the pain would be too much (i couldn't keep up and it would hurt)
People see me in and out of the chair and I don't think anything of it because its just a daily routine for me. Today however someone in my apartment complex stopped me and asked whether or not I was one of those people running a scam. Pretending to be injured and begging for money. I shrugged if off and told him absolutly not. It wasn't until I was in my car that his comment really hit me- is that what people think of me? Do they think that I am doing this out of sympathy.
I have never been more hurt offended and confused in my life. Is this common? How have any of you dealt with this type of judgement?
The last thing i want to do is become bitter and angry but I would be lying if I said that his comments didn't get to me