Please Help Me Make a Sick Girl’s Birthday Special

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Balloons, Flowers from my 2008 Hospital Stay

Friends:  If you have a moment, I need help with something important.  One Fashionably ill reader, Cynthia, has asked for my help.  Her daughter, Lauryn, is very sick.  She is getting treatment for Myasthenia Gravis (MG) and will be celebrating her 17th birthday in the hospital.  Lauryn’s wish is to receive a lot of birthday cards.  They don’t have to be Hallmark cards; Cynthia says that homemade cards are also welcome.

How Cards Made a Difference in My Battle

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Get Well Cards-I Kept Them All

Lauryn is very young.  I was fortunate that I was 24-years old when I was diagnosed with and hospitalized in critical condition for MG.  I was given a 50/50 shot of living.  And here we are six years later.  I can’t stress enough that no act of kindness is too small.  I’ve told my mom that treatment was one of the most painful times of my life but also surprisingly, one of the best times.  That’s because so many people–friends, family, and even strangers–showed me compassion.  Every balloon and floral arrangement cheered me up.  I also kept every single card including drawings from nephews to cards from elementary school teachers I had.  While MG causes chronic pain and fatigue, the battle is also mental; young patients tend to miss out on milestones their peers experience.  Every bit of compassion helps.  Having bipolar disorder, I have also received cards at critical moments when I was depressed.

Where to Send Cards

Over the past two years, I have been overwhelmed by the compassion of Fashionably ill readers.  You have touched me with your empathy.  In battling illness, whether it’s cancer or autoimmune or mental illness, I believe that we are stronger together!  If you can, please take a moment to send Lauryn a card:

Levine Children’s Hospital 
1000 Blythe Blvd room 4002  (Lauryn B.)
Charlotte, NC 28203

In my next post, I’ll be giving an update on my neurology visit and testing this week.  Thanks in advance for any help!

–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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