Police Confrontation b/c of “Invisible Illness” Handicap Placard

MAW PPP Dec 4 2012

This is a real life example of how NOT TO HANDLE Police Confrontations when they are about your “Invisible Illness” Handicapped Parking Placard.  I am embarrassed by how dangerously I handled this situation but it is my hope the experience will help other people living with “Invisible Illnesses” such as Crohn’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, etc.

When you have an “Invisible Illness” like Crohn’s Disease, people will eventually question your handicapped or disabled status whether it be in a social, professional or “community” setting, that is, if you ever reach that “severe spectrum” of the disease such that you are disabled and require the assistance of a Handicap Parking Placard.  Unfortunately, I’ve been dealing with this for quite some time but the other day I was actually antagonized about it by a POLICE OFFICER during a bizarre local Traffic Stop.  My respectful indignation almost got me KILLED and I hope others learn from my mistake.  For that purpose, I have detailed my experience in the Video below.  Please feel free to share your comments, good or bad, as I believe this is an issue those with “Invisible Illnesses” must be aware of going forward.  Thanks.

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2 responses to “Police Confrontation b/c of “Invisible Illness” Handicap Placard

  1. Dear Michael

    Today my mom spoke to Ceil Swartz. She told us about your illness and how dexicated you have been in trying to find help for people suffering from Chrons and ulcerative colitis. I am very sorry to hear the pain and suffering you have and are enduring. I can truly understand because I have lived with UC since childhood. I up you remember me. We were neighbors in Howard Beach. Please let me know how I can help. Please send my best to your mom. I’ve always thought the world of her. Fondly. Carol Letzter

  2. Dear Michael. I just wrote you an entire note and it jyst was erased. Anyway. I just heard how ill you have been from Louis Swartz’s mom. I know with my heart and my body how you feel because I have UC since age 9. I guess we both suffered in silence. Anyway. I think you are amazing in your efforts to find help for these devastating diseases. Please let me know how I can help. My best to your wonderful mom. I’m sorry to hear about your dad. We lost my dad 14 years ago. Fondly. Your old Howard Beach neighbor Carol Letzter

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