||[Jul. 8th, 2006|07:28 pm]
Alternative Approaches to Disability
Greetings. I am your moderator, effrenata. I created this community because I want to have a place to discuss my own disability issues, and to explore disability from a non-leftist perspective. I am libertarian, myself (anarcho-capitalist/ agorist/ mutualist) but the community will not be limited to libertarians.
A bit about me and my experiences with disability: I currently have rheumatoid arthritis. My case is, I suppose, rather severe -- I can walk only very short distances, I can't bend down without holding on to something, and I can sit for long periods only in chairs with perfectly straight, vertical backs (just try finding one). I do not have health insurance and I cannot afford professional health care, so I've been working on healing my condition myself, using alternative methods. A couple months ago, I discovered that I have candida (using the spit test), and that candida infection is a common cause of rheumatoid symptoms. I purchased a probiotic product called ThreeLac to eliminate the candida. Since I began using it, I've stopped having noticeable flare-ups; my fingers stopped cramping up and I can write or type every day, and I have tons more energy and have been getting the house cleaned and organized (it looked like an incredible dump due to the year I could barely walk at all).
My goal is eventually to gain a complete healing, and be able to walk, shop, work, and live a normal life. I regard my illness as a challenge to overcome, and take pride in my progress towards improvement. I also practice New Age spirituality, including the Big Taboo for disabled people: I believe that consciousness influences matter, that each of us creates our own reality and each individual has the power within to heal her- or himself. (This philosophical idea is given a lot of very negative judgement by the standard disability community. Apparently, that doesn't count as religious discrimination, when the religion is one disfavored by the left.)
As a sidenote, I am also median/midcontinuum -- not a disability, just a way of being.
Anyway, welcome. I'd be interested in hearing the stories of other people who join.