Jennifer Knapp Wilkinson suffered through a humiliating experience at her local Walmart, but the incident wouldn’t simply fade away as an unfortunate memory. The obese woman had fallen off of her motorized scooter while shopping, and somehow an image of the incident appeared online. It gained traction on a cruel blog that’s aimed at humiliating people, and the online trolls that frequent it filled up the comment section with incredibly hurtful posts.
As the Daily Mail reports, Wilkinson only became aware that she was being targeted online after her sister came across some cruel memes. Her sister asked her if it was her, and Wilkinson looked it up and realized she was being ridiculed online.
“The worst thing about this photo is that people think a fat woman tipped over a cart because she was too lazy to get out of the cart to get the case of soda. I have a condition in my spine called Spondylolisthesis. The most common symptoms in the legs include a feeling of vague weakness associated with prolonged standing or walking. In my case, the longer I stand the more numb and weak my legs become. I have been known to fall because of this condition,” she shared in an online post.
The humiliating experience took a toll on Wilkinson to begin with, and the online bullying only further enhanced her pain. Despite feeling like she wanted to bury her head in the sand and wish it all away, she took the courageous step of speaking up for herself.
“Both my parents had a form of this disease and both had to have back surgeries in their early thirties. So there is a good chance my children can get the same spine disease,” she continued.
Hopefully, Wilkinson’s story will begin opening some eyes to the fact that there’s a real person being targeted when hurtful posts begin making the rounds, but the troll population generally does not possess the strength necessary to evolve and develop something resembling compassion and good sense.