Woman’s open letter to lady who tutted at her for using disabled toilet sends a powerful message

20 Feb

Another example of invisible disabilities. I can sympathise because my “invisible” spinal condition means that I get the same looks when using disabled toilets. The extra space and the bar for lifting myself up make a huge difference when my back is at it’s worst but apparently you can only use them if you have a blue badge.

Metro

Scroll down to read the open letter in full

samantha Samantha Cleasby (Picture: Tim Cleasby/The Picture Foundry)

This is Samantha Cleasby from Sheffield.

The 33-year-old writer doesn’t need a wheelchair, has no problem walking and has no issue with her arms, but she uses a disabled toilet.

This is because the mother of three was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in 2003 and had a colectomy and illeostomy in 2013. This means she needs the facilities as sometimes she has to rush to the bathroom quickly due to her lack of colon and using a colostomy bag.

To read more about the condition and Samantha take a look at her incredible blog So Bad Ass. She is also onFacebook.

Samantha Cleasby (Picture: The Picture Foundry) Samantha Cleasby (Picture: Timm Cleasby/The Picture Foundry)

Samantha Cleasby (Picture: The Picture Foundry) Samantha Cleasby (Picture: Timm Cleasby/The Picture Foundry)

Samantha recently encountered a woman who tutted loudly at her for using the disabled toilet.

It made her feel embarrassed…

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