I am a Blue Badge holder and last month I did some Saturday shopping in Newark’s Asda store.

As I was leaving the carpark a ‘gentleman’ made a loud enough comment for me to hear through my open passenger window.

He said, in a scornful voice: “You don’t look disabled.”

I hope that he, and other like-minded people who make such remarks, read this.

I suffer with M.E. and, like others who have been diagnosed with this condition, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

We may appear to look well but, unfortunately, we are not.

I was diagnosed with M.E. in 2001.

My health deteriorated rapidly after having a viral infection.

At the time I thought it was flu, but it did not go away —instead it got progressively worse.

I became so ill that I could barely walk from one room to the next and had severe pain throughout my body.

I was unable to even lift a cup, could not sleep in comfort and my cognitive skills and speech became severely impaired.

As of yet there is no cure so all we can do is pace our activities to avoid relapses.

Just imagine having the flu and experiencing pain and constant fatigue every day sometimes to the point of not being able to leave the house. This is what having M.E does to you.

On a less personal level, there are many people who suffer from “invisible” illnesses. So dear sir, whoever you are, be thankful that you are not one of us.

I am sure everyone is familiar with the phrase: Don’t judge a book by its cover.
We may look good on the outside but that is as far as it goes.

More information can be found on the M.E. website at www.meassociation.org.uk if anyone would like to know more. — NADIA MING, Barnby Road, Newark.