Frill-Ability has been absent for quite some time because honestly, I couldn’t find the enthusiasm to write with the seemingly infinite amount of human rights issues plaguing the world and the United States. I thought to myself, what kind of real difference could I make? A huge issue that I might be facing and many others already are is the loss of insurance. This is a death sentence for the disabled and chronically ill community.
One skill I do have is the power of research, and now is a time that we need to take advantage of our community’s amazing resources. We just don’t always know they are there. For example, there are free or low-cost clinics all over the nation who assist low-income and uninsured populations. (even veterinary care! ...coming soon...) I have tasked myself with eventually creating a master list for at least one or two per state, so that you can come here and find what you need. Read More
VR will allow enriching experiences to individuals with chronic, debilitating conditions they would normally not enjoy who spend most of their time in their homes or hospitals. It's a safe place to socially interact with new people or connect with far-away loved ones. Other applications are anxiety reduction and somewhat contrarily, exposure therapy. One could escape to relax or face fears in a controlled environment. Read More
Previous to six months ago, thinking about my period outside of the misery it brought me and the basic things I needed to do for care wasn’t much of an occurrence. I only talked about it with other people who shared the same monthly experience in private. Following the stigma pounded into my brain by my traditional environment, that little voice would silently remind me, “Don’t talk about this openly, especially not around certain people.” It’s gross, right? People are uncomfortable because it is gross. Read More
Maybe around a year or more ago, a person in a private Facebook group I'm a member of made a post about switching over to cloth menstruation pads. I thought it was very interesting, but definitely not for me. I have OCD, one aspect of it being contamination issues. I often think even my own body is unclean and disgusting, and I thought I would have a hard time with the experience.
There were two aspects that changed my mind about this. One was a slow progression, and the other hit me very quickly. The first hurt me, but ultimately led to empowerment. Someone I knew once had issues relating to physical aspects of my body and menstruation, and it made me feel very badly about myself. Being the type of person I am, I would do things to try and "improve" myself for the person out of shame or hide myself completely because I felt even more disgusting than I did previously, and after realizing how wrong this felt, I slowly started making choices that felt right for me. What I didn't yet have was an actual product that made me feel more comfortable with the process physically, or something that helped me talk more openly about periods. I wasn't quite there. Read More