Some things came to me this weekend that got me thinking. First is that not all disabilities are easily discerned; the second would be that even with my disability, I am far more mobile than the average person.
The doctors gave me the blue tag about a year before my amputation, primarily to keep me from walking too much. I use it to garner extra space to open my doors. I have no problem walking in across the parking lot. I used to get upset when I would see someone that I did not expect to need a tag. This attitude changed when I saw a young, blond girl pop out of a nice new car and run into the store. I was pretty upset at first, and was planning on saying something. I assumed that she was simply using someone else's blue tag. Suddenly I realized who it was.
Her name is Patience Beard. She is an University of Arkansas cheerleader. Her story is amazing, Click the link on her name to read an article I found on her. She was wearing leggings that covered her leg and I suddenly got the whole picture of why people get so angry when they see me parking there. Not to say I am a beautiful young college student and athlete, but I am relatively young and healthy compared to many that need a blue tag. I can easily walk in from a regular parking spot.
As a matter of fact brings me about to my second point, I am a lot more active than many of my peers. Some of whom are 10-15 years younger than I am. I hike, I fish, I ride my bike. I walk for exercise and occasionally I can jog. i still don't like to run, but mostly because my prosthetic leg is so much lighter than my remaining limb, and that throws me off balance during the run. I am getting better at it and learning to trust my residual limb and prosthetic. One thing that makes this easy is the Rush™ Foot 87 that I have. It is rated out more than 100 lbs heavier than I am, I hop over mountain creeks, I can hop off short ledges and onto uneven terrain without thinking about it. It is still a bit stiff and does tend to want to push my leg into the resting position, but I can overcome this with little thought. I absolutely love my rush foot.