Joshua Myrvaagnes - But to get back to the quesiton at hand--I'd say a way of integrating folks wtih chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia and so on is to give us an opportunity to work and also be able to rest as needed while getting our health back.
I have fibromyalgia and have been thinking increasingly more about accessibility. It is something that I have been diagnosed with for 14 years, but it seems to have started to get much more problematic and difficult in the last 2 years or so and I can tell that things keep progressing. Permaculture has particularly interested me from the healing aspect of the body. Nutritionally and mentally, it all makes sense. Physically getting things done comes and goes. Having been used to being able to go, go, go, it has been an adjustment (and frustrating one at that) to find how tired I am. Muscles don't always cooperate or I know that I will be paying for my activites later. Weather fluctuations have brought on more bad days than good. Fibro-fog as they reference it some days has me feeling like I have memory issues, as I just sometimes cannot find the right word and just have to pause and wait and wait for it to come to mind or have others chime in with it. People don't understand. They see you on a good day and think that you are faking it when a bad day comes about. That can be frustrating. Luckily work has accomodated the doctor ordered longer lunches to allow me to rest so that I can manage the long , stressful workdays. Financially it has hurt (they now just skip performance reviews) but it has allowed me to continue to work and support myself while managing my condition.
I have drawn up a very ambitious plan for my semi-urban lot. The implementation itself is my area of concern. I want to have a large portion in raised beds (area of approximately 50 foot x 125 foot), at a height that is comfortable enough for me to sit on the edges and work (thinking 15 inches). I keep thinking about where this Fibro might physically take me in time, so I want to be sure the beds aren't very wide. They need to be easily worked at arms length from each side without reaching, just in case mobility changes significantly. This will be a lot more beds to put in, but easier to put in up front than trying to adjust after installation. Materials to make the beds structure are a sticking point because I want cost effective, durable and aesthetic. The cost effective and durable tend to be in complete opposite realms. I am tossing around something that is inexpensive but not as durable (breaking apart heat treated pallets and using the planking vertically - I have continual access to pallets and would screen them to be sure they are heat treated and not chemically treated) but would be able to be changed out piece by piece easily as needed, without breaking down the entire bed and starting over. Living in an area that has long winters and the potential for frost heaves, I mull around if I really need to dig down and secure the corners in the ground. I know that I should...it is just the thought of the work and what it will do to my body. I also have been thinking a lot about the paths between. I would like something like wood chips that could break down and then be recycled into the beds in later years, but the reality of the work associated with that makes me wonder at the sanity of that thought for myself. The paths would be an easier "later" adjustment if it was too much to maintain in time. In all of these beds I want to grow my health...nourish my body, heal it medicinally, delight it visually and fragrantly. Experiencing nature with my full senses fills me with life. Fruit tree installation in the far part of the yard was done last year.
Breaking the implementation into bite size pieces will be key. I do feel urgency behind it, though, because of how things have quickly started to change in the past several years. Managing my own expectations is key. My mind still has the healthy, conquer the world in a day mentality, while my body seems more focused on the leisurely stroll pace of things idea.