It's hard enough asking for help from your closest friends and family, let alone a complete stranger. But for some people, relying on the kindness of strangers is a necessity.
A woman recently shared an eye-opening thread on Twitter about how a stranger on the train who suffers from epilepsy reached out to her for help, and she complied.
The woman, named Erynn Brook, initially shared the whole story as a distraction from her cat getting an ultrasound.
I’m waiting on kitty ultrasound results and trying to distract myself a little bit so I’d like to tell you a story… https://t.co/pyAWNhvSop— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook) 1554400160.0
Erynn goes on to reflect on the the ways we have been conditioned to "help" people dealing with any kind of health emergency. In general, we're taught to call 911—but, depending on the situation, this isn't always the best approach.
We’re taught to call 911 when something looks bad and we don’t know what it is. And if I hadn’t heard her, if she d… https://t.co/i5RA76ciSI— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook) 1554403172.0
Brook uses her story to illustrate the fact that our individualistic society has forced many people with disability to create their own support system.
This girl has seizures more reliably than I eat breakfast. And she’s just out there living her life as best she c… https://t.co/mkHeT5wAQ5— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook) 1554404264.0
"We built a world for convenience, not community."