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Anyone eligible for handicapped parking with a 3 level neck fusion (or something similar)?



  • Following up. I agree with other posters 1) it's no one else's business 2) on days you don't need it don't use it.  I'm not sure what type of forms you have in your state or country but exact medical diagnoses are considered protected under HIPPA. You should check the form used to see what information is on it and talk to your dr. If you have any concerns, the ADA also limits the amount of medical information required for certain activities.  A few things to keep in mind. If you travel. When flying I needed the placard to park at the airport BUT also needed it where I was going. My State allows you to have BOTH the placard and a hard tag on your car. That resolved this issue for me.  Handicapped spaces are very limited in some places. There may not always be a spot available ( try to find one at the mall during pre-holiday shopping) so have a backup plan. My mall offers valet so sometimes I use that. I actually use valet pretty much anywhere it is offered. Some valet spots do not charge you if you are handicapped. Also, some states waive feeding a meter or allow a different timeframe if you have a handicapped tag/placard. For instance, in DC you are allowed to park double the time in a metered spot. So if it is  a two hour meter you can park there for free for four hours. 

    By the way, I do not considered myself handicapped. I have life challenges. I hate the word handicapped. 
  • Thank you everyone! I did get it and I only use it when I'm in a difficult situation. I still have some guilt with it. My doctor told me I know it must be hard. You look great but you have the neck of a 90 year old!!
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  • Congratulation Faith981.  We all need a little helping hand sometimes and I am very happy to hear you were successful in getting the assistance you need.

    I have got to the stage that I don't care what other people think.  I have spent so long worrying and adjusting to other people, I have just realised it is my turn to be considered :-).  Not sure why I have been so considerate to others for so long and put up with rude behaviour but things are changing now.  There could be a few surprised faces on people that should know better :-)

    Enjoy the ease of parking comfortably


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  • How about getting a new car with the back up cameras? I am a 3 level C fusion 7 years and don't look forward to my next which could be at any time now. My hubby got a car with the back up cameras and I love it! My next car will definitely have it...as soon as I can sell my Third!
    3 neck fused,bars,DDD thruout
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  • I have a placard and use it, and I'm in my early 40's and look to be otherwise healthy. When people look at me, I ignore them. I can't walk more than a short distance without searing pain. Most disabilities can't be seen - which is why you need a doctor's signature to get a placard, not a DMV exam. 

    I feel no guilt - I need it. I had a harder time filing for disability accommodations at work because I didn't want to think of myself as disabled. Clearly I am, but labels do not make the person. It's sort of like the first time I saw a psychiatrist - and now I realize she's a specialist in disorders of the brain who focuses on medication management. If I had diabetes, I wouldn't hesitate to see an endocrinologist. 

    Get the card - I use it when there is no other close parking, but if there's a spot just 2-3 spots away, I'll leave the disabled parking for someone who also needs it. 
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