I have to say when I first saw Stickman Communications cards I thought - that's a great idea, but I’m verbal, I don’t need them. Fast forward to a day to a day when someone caught me off guard. I didn’t have the energy/headspace to explain, for the umpteenth time that day, what my condition is and how it affects me to some stranger. Strangers thinking it's ok to ask someone what's wrong with them because they use mobility aids really irks me anyway. But the experience made me think back to the cards. Yes, there are days when I could have a conversation about it, but why waste precious spoons when I don’t (and possibly shouldn’t) have to?
The card is a very simple yet effective idea. It’s a very simplified description with the stickman illustrations which make these cards so eye catching and fun! The card I have is for one of my conditions (hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome), but theres cards for all kinds of conditions, and situations. Ok, it doesn’t tell someone the ins and outs of my condition. EDS can come with many co-existing conditions (often referred to as co-morbidities), and the condition itself can affect people differently. That said, I certainly don’t want to share that much detailed medical information in public anyway! Just the right amount for someone you actually want to inform, but not too much for someone who's just curious.
I keep mine on a clip on my keys. So its easy enough to take off to show someone but not for all to see. But there are some cards which would be better placed on your bag or wheelchair. If you find you use multiple cards there is a little binder and a larger keyring to keep them on. There are cards for loads of conditions from Autism to wheelchair use.
If you want to find out more or purchase a card, head on over to Stickman Communications! I'll also be interviewing Hannah from Stickman Communications very soon! So watch this space!!