You know the saying, “Be kind, for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about?”
Really think about that saying.
Think about it before you judge the next person parked in a handicapped spot who gets out of their vehicle and walks to the entrance.
Think about it when you question yourself about the the kid on your child’s football team who is standing on the sidelines every game, because he wants to play so bad, but it isn’t safe for him to play because he has a bad heart. It isn’t because “he must suck” or “must have gotten bad grades.” For him standing on the sidelines is the closest he will ever get to playing the game.
Think about it the next time you see a child at Disneyworld skipping the lines while you have been waiting a long time in harsh heat. How dare they, right? Well they are on their Make A Wish trip because they just fought cancer – and won.
Think about it the next time you see a very overweight child in the grocery store riding in a stroller. While you are mumbling “so unhealthy, disgusting, lazy” to the person in line with you, that child had an organ transplant and is on steroids to keep them healthy.
Think about it the next time your co-worker is late. She might look fine, but she just had to rush back home and change her clothes because her colostomy bag just leaked.
Think about it the next time you are at a restaurant with your friends and that one friend… you know, the one who comes to socialize but never eats? Oh, and she is so thin! She must be starving herself, right? Wrong. She has a feeding tube because she aspirates her food into her lungs.
Wondering why your child can’t bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school? Because the little girl in Mrs. Johnson’s class went in to anaphylactic shock and almost lost her life last month.
Not every illness has outward signs of what each person goes through each day. The pain, suffering, heartache.
Think before you speak, please. Stop with the, “they look fine to me” statements and gossip.
Be kind, don’t judge.
This post was originally published at medicine & smiles.
When Sara’s not playing referee between her five children, she is advocating for children with illness and disabilities to create much needed awareness. You can find her sharing her son’s journey on Facebook or read her latest thoughts by visiting her blog medicine & smiles.
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