Come To My 4th of July Online Twilight Zone Party!

#TzSyFy 4th of July Party
#TzSyFy 4th of July Party

I haven’t posted in a few weeks because I have been recovering from a car accident.  The accident happened on the way to physical therapy, naturally.  If you know anything about my crazy life, then that makes sense.  I’m thankful there was no serious damage.  And, I am getting better.  Anyway, I’m excited because the 4th of July is almost here.  I can’t believe that because it feels like our New Year’s Eve Online Twilight Zone Party was only two months ago.   Twice a year, SyFy runs a marathon–on the 4th of July and on New Year’s Eve.  The first marathon is over a day long and the second is two days long.   Anyone is invited to this party on Facebook–here’s the link where you can RSVP and attend: https://www.facebook.com/events/427328310771422/

How It Works

On the 4th of July, SyFy plays a marathon of The Twilight Zone, the iconic science fiction show that ran from 1959 to 1964.  Party guests react live and post comments on Facebook.  We share insights, laugh, ask questions, and hold (virtual) hands together during the suspenseful episodes.  I needed the everyone’s help in watching Nightmare as a Child for the first time!  For people who don’t have television or cable, we post links to the episodes on Facebook live so anyone can participate.  People often pop in and out of the party.  To stay in touch in between marathons, we have a group on Facebook called the “Twilight Zone NYE Posse.”  You can see SyFy‘s schedule for the 4th of July here.

Why I Started the Party

As a person with five illnesses (bipolar disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, psoriasis, asthma), I know what it’s like to live with many restrictions.  Having several autoimmune diseases, I have to constantly avoid germs.  Of course, the fall and winter holidays perfectly coincide with flu season.  This has resulted in me missing several Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve celebrations over the years.  I’ve also been in a lot of pain on holidays; unfortunately, my illnesses don’t have much deference for the holidays.  So, on New Year’s Eve of 2013, I thought, Why should I watch SyFy’s annual marathon by myself?  What about other people who are alone on the holidays?  What if no one had to be alone on the holidays?  I started the first online party at the last minute and thought three people would watch with me.  I was surprised when 50 guests came from around the world!  I made some excellent friends in the process.  We decided to do the party again on the 4th of July and our last party was on New Year’s Eve 2014.  On January 2nd, we were all tired.  134 people came including four TZ experts and Anne Serling, Rod Serling’s daughter!

I look forward to seeing you at the party.  And also blogging again.  Before I was in that accident, I was going to record a video celebrating the third birthday of Fashionably ill.  I started Fashionably ill in June of 2012.

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno

JessicaGimeno

Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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