A terminal cancer sufferer has spoken of her shock after being shouted at for using a disabled parking bay by a stranger who said there was nothing wrong with her.
Mum-of-two Heidi Rock, 35, was left in tears after the man, began his verbal assault outside Stamford Arts Centre on the afternoon on Monday, July 18.
Heidi, who lives in Saffron Walk, Bourne, had been inside to buy some tickets for Stamford Shakespeare’s production of The Wind In The Willows.
As she returned to her vehicle, the man, who was standing near his own car, shouted at her.
Heidi said: “He told me I shouldn’t be using a disabled bay because there is nothing wrong with me.
“I showed him my disabled parking badge, to prove I was parking there legitimately, and he still wouldn’t leave me alone.
“He said ‘nah love, that’s a badge, not a disability’. It was horrible.
“After that he got back in his own car and sped off.”
Heidi was in a state of shock after the incident and began driving back to Bourne but had to pull over in a layby because she was in tears.
She added: “I’m quite a strong person, but it was so unexpected and so aggressive that it really shocked me.
“I was on my own and I think that’s why he picked on me – he thought I was an easy target.”
Heidi shared the story – and a photo of herself in tears in her car – on Facebook and was inundated with messages of support.
She added: “I shared it because I want people to think twice before they make accusations in the street.
“The man who shouted at me knows nothing about my illness, and the pain and difficulties it causes, but felt the need to challenge me in a really unpleasant way.
“I have terminal cancer in my bones and fractures in my spine.
“I don’t use the parking badge all the time but sometimes I physically can’t walk very far.
“I hope this never happens to me, or anyone else, again.”
As previously reported in the Mercury, Heidi was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago but after undergoing gruelling chemotherapy, radiotherapy and several operations she was given the all-clear.
Sadly, late last year after going to the doctor with back pain she was given the news the cancer had returned – and spread to her bones.
Heidi has decided not to have any additional chemotherapy while she is still feeling relatively healthy because the side effects can be very tough to deal with.
She does, however, have regular injections in her bones to strengthen them and recently underwent treatment at the Budwig Cancer Center in Malaga, Spain.
Doctors used a range of alternative medicines and treatments including biomagnetic therapy and natural oils to help improve Heidi’s health.
The treatment was paid for through a range of fundraising events organised by family and friends.