Getting to a gate on time is difficult for some folks with health issues that impede their mobility. Once at destination, they won’t be rushed on their way out of the airport. I don’t use wheelchair assistance but sometimes use early boarding. I have Juvenile RA and while walking is best to keep me from getting too stiff in my joints, I don’t like to slow others down during their boarding process. And being bumped by fellow passengers is painful when travel days are already difficult on me. On some trips I can charge through O’Hare with the best of them, while on others, I flag down an electric cart that gives rides people with disabilities. My feet will feel like 100 legos are in each shoe and the shoe is made of concrete. I will gladly trade my condition with anyone who passes judgment.
I hope people are patient and stop judging if someone’s disability is not easily seen. After all, disability is the one discriminated class anyone can join at any time. Appreciate your health, but if others’ health concerns you so much, find empathy instead of judgment.
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