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This Mother With MS Had The Best Response To A Callous Note Left On Her Car

“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."

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This is Justine Van Den Borne, an Australian mother who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was 35.

A few days ago, someone left a note on Van Den Borne's car windshield after she parked in a handicapped spot. "Did you forget your wheelchair?" it asked.

Van Den Borne took a photo of the note and uploaded it to her Facebook. The image, accompanied by her takedown of whoever wrote the note, has since gotten almost 10,000 shares and almost 50,000 likes.

"To person that left this on my car last week," she wrote.

"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."


Van Den Borne was met with a chorus of praise, with thousands of comments coming to her aid.


"Because of my age, they look at me and they automatically presume I'm doing the wrong thing," she told The Age.


"I didn't want people to feel sorry for me, but just to understand everyone and their own story. You can't judge a book by its cover."

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Van Den Borne for comment.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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