Perhaps you came across the video of the lady slipping and falling in the store back in 2012. The image gained widespread attention after text was added, turning it into a viral online sensation.
Jennifer Knapp Wilkinson, confirming herself as the woman in the photo, shared her thoughts on what she calls “Her 15 Minutes of FAME”:
“These are my 15 minutes of fame. You’ve probably seen the picture. The unfortunate part is that it portrays a narrative of a woman falling out of a stroller, suggesting laziness for not getting out to buy juice.”
“I suffer from a severe spinal condition where one of the vertebrae has shifted, resulting in symptoms like weakness in my body and legs. This, coupled with chronic depression, has led to my struggles with weight. I’ve joined a gym, but the battle with my weight persists.”
“The photo was taken in 2012 when my legs were in considerable pain, hence the use of a stroller. I was trying to buy juice for my husband, who consumed it in large quantities.”
“While leaning over to pick it up, the stroller slipped. I didn’t dwell on the incident because I’ve grown accustomed to people making hurtful comments about me.”
“Even if my disabilities aren’t visible, they are real. So, the next time you encounter images making fun of someone, remember you know nothing about their struggles. Laughing at someone is NEVER harmless.”
“I’m not asking for acceptance of obesity, as it triggers various health issues. Simultaneously, I’m not seeking pity. What I’m asking for is compassion, understanding, and respect for another human being. I am a person—please treat me as such!”