Paralympian Melissa Stockwell Speaks Out After Man Questions Her Use of Handicapped Parking https://t.co/IQOvTeHFTB— People (@people) November 3, 2021
The three-time Paralympian is reminding others that disabilities are not always visible.
She lost her leg in a Baghdad roadside bomb in 2004. She has been living with a prosthetic leg since the accident and went on to compete in three Paralympic Games.
Stockwell shared a story on IG about shutting down a stranger who questioned her use of a handicapped parking spot. She was getting into her car when an older man said, "Well, you sure don't look handicapped."
Stockwell responded with 'I have a prosthetic leg, would you like to see it?'
He turned around and waved an apology to when she yelled out 'And you should stop judging people!'
"Do I always need to park in a handicapped spot? No. But when I'm carrying a kid, or a lot of groceries, or it's icy or snowy out or my leg just plain hurts, it sure is nice. Plus I feel like I've earned the right to park there on any day I choose. Stop the judging. You never know what someone else is going through whether you can physically see a disability or not."