TFL: Please Offer Me A Seat

TFL Please Offer Me A Seat
Welcome back to That’s What Pea Said

Today I’m sharing with you something a little different, my experience of traveling with my TFL blue-badge. Traveling can be tiring at the best of times and even more so when you suffer from a medical condition. I enjoy traveling, but I dread the walking and standing around, it can really put a downer on my journey…

Last year, when Transport For London introduced their ‘Please Offer Me A Seat Badge’ I embraced the opportunity to order one. As somebody who suffers from a number of invisible illnesses, I find that when I ask somebody for  a seat, they generally just look at me blankly – after all, my conditions aren’t clearly visible.

Earlier this year, I was on a fairly crowded tube & I had a funny turn. I began to feel faint & started to cry – I was really panicking… From what I remember the majority of people in the carriage looked at me & only one lady offered me a seat & asked me if I was okay, clearly I wasn’t… It was a revolutionary moment!

Since wearing the badge, my journeys have definitely been easier, although I still receive a couple of unconvinced looks. Last week I traveled to Iceland via Luton Airport. The staff were helpful when they noticed my badge, offering me a seat whilst I went through security and they were conscious to ask whether or not there was anything else they could do to help. The first staff member who spoke with me was curious to find out where it the badge was from, hopefully this is something he’ll share with others who may benefit.

I’m not saying the badge will make every journey easier, but it’s a positive step and raises awareness whilst keeping the notion of invisible illnesses in the spotlight. If you’d like to order one, you can for free here

I hope this post helps anybody else who travels whilst suffering from an invisible illness.

Thanks for reading,
Pixee xo

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