This 24-year-old is setting out to change that, reminding people that they shouldn't be so quick to judge and that they have NO idea what someone is going through just by taking a quick glance at them.
"People are too quick to judge these days, just because I look normal and speak normal, that doesn't mean I don't have a major disability," Ste Walker shared on Facebook, along with the split shot below. "To look at me I look like any normal guy my age, but that's because I want you to view me like that....look abit closer tho, or ask me questions, and you will soon realise that I have a major illness..."
He then detailed everything he has going on under that 'normal-looking' exterior. Ste has Crohn's Disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. As a result, he has tubes going in and out of his body, helping him deal with various complications of the disease. And that's not even all of it. Ste also explains the mental impact the disease has had on him, as he hasn't even been able to eat a meal in TWO years.
In his incredibly poignant message, Ste concludes:
Wow, that's some pretty powerful stuff. Given that Ste's post has gone viral, we're really hoping this will inspire some compassion and will help people see that things aren't always what they seem.
"So the next time someone says to me 'well you look perfectly fine, why are you using that disabled toilet, or parking in that disabled spot, your conning the system, your not disabled, you don't need that walking stick' just stop and think maybe I just want TO BE FINE or to feel normal, you don't no what I go threw on a daily basis and you have no right to judge me just on your perception of me that you can see because you don't no what goes on inside.....so stop and think before you speak, think about the struggle I've gone threw just to get out of bed and get dressed and tried to look 'normal'...."