A Melbourne, Australia, mother recently fought back when she received a note on the windshield of her car asking, "Did you forget your wheelchair?" According to her Facebook post below, Justine Van Den Borne was parked in a disabled person spot when a bystander allegedly saw her walking without any issue and took offense. Van Den Borne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the age of 35, and states that the disease is "slowly crippling my life."

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While she didn't need a wheelchair that day, her post is a reminder to not rush to judgment without knowing the full story. "A disability doesn't always mean a person has to be wheelchair bound," says Van Den Borne in her post, "but lucky for you I one day will be." The National MS Society reports that roughly 2.3 million people live with the disease worldwide.

Mayoclinic.org lists some common symptoms of MS, including numbness of limbs, partial or complete loss of vision, fatigue, and slurred speech. So, no, on that day Van Den Borne wasn't visibly showing MS symptoms to the naked eye. She wasn't using a wheelchair, and allegedly she didn't seem fatigued while walking with her daughter unaided. To Van Den Borne, just that simple act constitutes "having a good day." She didn't "forget her wheelchair," she was trying to be like any other mother with her daughter. Her full response to the note can be read below.


To person that left this on my car last week at Mitcham Shopping Centre- I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I...

Posted by Justine Van Den Borne on Monday, November 9, 2015

"To person that left this on my car last week at Mitcham Shopping Centre- I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was 35. Not just MS but the worst one that never goes away and is slowly crippling my life. My kids have had to deal with things that kids shouldn't ever have to deal with and all of our futures are forever changed. On the day you saw me I was having a good day, I was walking with my daughter unaided having a nice day. Thank you for ruining that. You made me feel like people were looking at me, the exact way I feel when I can't walk properly. I am sick of people like yourself abusing me on my good days for using a facility I am entitled to. A disability doesn't always mean a person has to be wheelchair bound but lucky for you I one day will be. Right now my focus is to walk into my best friends wedding next September and not have to be pushed. I will be 42. Before you ruin another persons day remember you don't know everything and just because you can't see it it doesn't mean a person isn't struggling to put one foot in front of the other."

Powerful words from a strong mother, indeed.