A woman currently battling stage two brain cancer has revealed she was cruelly shamed and branded ‘lazy’ for using a disabled parking spot, which she absolutely needs due to her exhausting radiation treatment.
Lexi Baskin, of Lexington, Kentucky, shared shocking photos of her vandalized vehicle on social media.
The student had parked in one of five disabled parking spots in front of the medical library at the University Of Kentucky, where she attends the pharmacy school, when someone took it upon themselves to cover her vehicle in insulting signs, even threatening to have her vehicle towed.
Speaking out: Lexi Baskin, of Lexington, Kentucky has revealed she was cruelly shamed and branded ‘lazy’ for using a disabled parking spot, which she absolutely needs
Hurtful: The student, of Lexington, Kentucky, shared photos of her car covered in signs including this one, which claims she doesn’t look disabled
Lexi recently had ependymoma, a cancerous tumor, removed from on her brain stem. As such, she required radiation treatment, which can leave her exhausted and dizzy.
That is why her doctor gave her a parking placard enabling her to use spots for disabled people, so that she won’t have to walk long distances.
The student usually doesn’t have any problems, but last week, after meeting with a professor, she returned to her vehicle to find the cruel messages taped all over it.
One note, printed on white paper, reads: ‘Shame on you! There are legit handicapped people who need this parking space. We have seen you and your friend come and go and there is nothing handicapped about either of you. Your tag must be borrowed or fake.’
The message ends on a menacing note and adds: ‘We will make every effort to see you fined or towed for being such a selfish, terrible person.’
Vandalism: The anonymous vigilantes also placed sheets of paper of various colors reading ‘Shame on you!’ around her SUV
Shocking: Lexi had ependymoma, a cancerous tumor, removed from her brain stem, and later required radiation treatment that can leave her exhausted and dizzy
Frightening: One of the menacing notes even threatened to have Lexi’s car towed in retaliation for using disabled parking, which it claimed she didn’t actually need
Knowledge: The student had parked in one of five disabled parking spots in front of the medical library at the University Of Kentucky, where she attends the pharmacy school
The anonymous vigilantes also placed sheets of paper of various colors reading ‘Shame on you!’ around her SUV.
Lexi shared photos of her vehicle on social media, including on the Facebook page Love What Matters, pointing out that while her reason for needing disabled parking might not be immediately obvious to an onlooker, it doesn’t make her need for it any less real.
‘Just a gentle reminder that you have no idea what is going on in other people’s lives,’ she wrote.
‘This is my car and I am legally allowed to park in handicap spaces due to cancer treatment and exhaustion. Just because you can’t physically observe something does not mean that a person is not feeling it.’
She then explained that she had grade two ependymoma removed from her brain stem in July.
The student later started radiation treatment, and her last scan came back with encouraging results.
‘I’m left with a little speech impediment but it’s improving,’ she added. ‘Just because I look fine in the two minutes I walk from my car to the building does not mean I’m not battling cancer and undergoing radiation treatment.’
Important: Now, Lexi hopes her message will prompt others to be kinder and more understanding of people with invisible disabilities
Lexi also told Lex18 that she typically used her lunch break from school from 12 to one to attend treatment, and came back afterwards to keep attending class.
The student, who also shared photos of her car on Twitter, has received the support of thousands of other people. Her message has been liked 107,768 times, and retweeted 47,661 times.
‘I didn’t expect the amount of people that have also gone through the same thing,’ she told Lex18. ‘It kind of breaks my heart for them to know that there are people sicker than I am who are also getting ridiculed.’
A University of Kentucky spokesperson told the network in a statement: ‘It’s important to be clear: this unfortunate action was that of a rogue individual unaffiliated with Transportation Services or our police department. UK is a community of belonging for everyone, regardless of identity or perspective, and part of that means ensuring everyone is treated with respect and dignity.’
Lexi, meanwhile, hopes her message will prompt others to be kinder and more understanding of people with invisible disabilities.
‘I am not asking for sympathy, but just awareness that everyone is fighting their own battles, whether you know it or not,’ she added. ‘Be kind to people. Make people cry tears of joy, and not frustration or sadness. Love one another. I will choose to love this person and pray for them. I hope that the darkness in their heart is replaced with unconditional love and happiness.’