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I started a Facebook page for Fashionably ill last December.  I wanted to create a “large tent” for people with chronic illness.  I often find that I learn a lot about surviving illness from meeting people with illnesses that are different from mine.  On the flip side, it’s also great to find community among people who have your illnesses.  If it were not for the Internet, I wouldn’t know anyone with my specific autoimmune diseases.  Readers of Fashionably ill bravely fight against illnesses–visible and invisible and pain–mental and physical–everyday.

On our page you can post questions about your illness.  You can also participate in discussions.  For example, I recently asked readers, What do you least like hearing when you’re depressed?  This led me to write this article, 10 Things Not to Say to a Depressed Person.

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Join us on Facebook.  It’s about community.  Pain comes in different packages but empathy is universal.  Like us at: https://www.facebook.com/fashionablyill 

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno

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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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