Woman with chronic pain blasts people that say she doesn't 'look disabled'

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A Melbourne woman who suffers from Fibromyalgia - a chronic pain condition - has blasted people who tell her she doesn't "look disabled" after she was called out for using a disability parking spot.

Rhiannon took to TikTok in a now viral clip to hit out at a person who decided to call her out after parking in a disabled spot, telling her followers: "I am legally disabled!"

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Rhiannon said she was called out for parking in a disabled spot. Photo: TiktTok/@daddyrhi

"See this [permit], this is really hard to get," she continued, holding up her parking permit, which she displayed in her car.

"I park in my disabled parking, and put up my [permit] - tell me why this old f***er comes up to me and thinks that it is their business to go 'you don't look disabled'.

"Do you want me to cut off my f****ing legs so that I look disabled enough for you?

"What the f****. Like, oh let me get out of the car and be bent over and limping, just so I fit your idea of disabled."


In a follow up video she explains a little more about her condition - common symptoms of which can include increased pain, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, and problems with sleep - saying that some days she feels better than others, and she doesn't always use a disability parking spot if she feels she can walk from a normal parking space.

"I understand there are people who are not as lucky as I am in my disability and need [the spot] more than I do," she said.

Rhiannon's clip, which has been viewed over 1.2M times, received plenty of support, with others sharing examples of similar instances.

"I have a sticker on the back of my car that says 'invisible disabilities are still disabilities'. It happens constantly," one person commented.

"It shocks me how many people get discriminated against because they don't fit the stereotype!" another said.

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Rhiannon says some days she feels better than others. Photo: Instagram/daddyrhi

Taking to Instagram the following day, Rhiannon said she was overwhelmed with the fact her story has gone viral but thanked people for their support.

"I am so glad it’s opening up the discussion on disability and invisible illnesses," she wrote in a post on Tuesday. 

"I never knew how many others experienced the same as me. Having random people have a debate over the legitimacy of my health condition is daunting and disheartening, but I’m so thankful that the majority are compassionate, caring & supportive. 

"If me sharing my story helps even one person feel less alone or stops them from being questioned it’s all worth it. Love always. And remember, don’t judge a book by its cover."

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