Top 10 Fashionably ill Articles of 2015

with my mom and dad
with my mom and dad

I can’t believe 2015 is coming to a close.  It was filled with many ups and downs–the latter being my chronic health problems and the loss of a good friend to muscular dystrophy.  The ups–meeting Congressman/World Champion Boxer Manny Pacquiao on HuffPost Live in January (it was a brush with greatness), going to see New Kids on the Block in concert in May, and giving my TEDx Talk, “How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed” (you can watch it here)–that was my first time giving a whole speech standing up since I got myasthenia gravis in 2008.  I also finally had the Mad Men costume birthday party I always wanted.  This year, I was also a Finalist in WEGO’s Health Activist Awards in two categories: Health Activist Hero and Hilarious Health Activist.  I hope to see you at my Annual Online New Year’s Eve Party:  Instead of two days, this year’s SyFy Twilight Zone marathon is a whopping four days long!  The party begins tomorrow night, December 30th and ends January 3rd–join us here at any point.   As one guest who has attended the previous four parties said, “Join us.  It’s free and fun!”  I started the party years ago so no one would have to be alone on New Year’s Eve.  I have missed many holiday parties due to bipolar disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or myasthenia gravis or some combination of those.

Without much further ado, here are the top 10 Fashionably ill blog posts of 2015 (with #1 being the most popular):

#10  Chronic Illness, Loss, & Forming New Holiday Traditions

#9  What Chronic Fatigue Feels Like

#8  5 Obstacles People With Rare Diseases Face; Readers Share Their Stories

Empire does Myasthenia Gravis
Empire does Myasthenia Gravis

#7  Chronic Illness & Dating Part 3: Women with Lupus, RA, Endometriosis, & Myasthenia Gravis Share Their Stories

#6  5 Realities of Living With Multiple Diseases Simultaneously

#5  Summer is Coming! #HAWMC

#4  5 Different Reactions to Empire’s Portrayal of Myasthenia Gravis

#3 Chronic Illness Is Like Getting Your Heart Broken Again And Again

#2  5 Ways to Reconnect With a Sick Friend (this is the sequel to 5 Reasons People Abandon A Sick Friend)

[DRUMROLL PLEASE!]

#1  6 Ideas: How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed

Honorable Mentions:

Important Favor to Ask!

http://www.healthline.com/health/best-health-blogs-contest
http://www.healthline.com/health/best-health-blogs-contest

Fashionably ill is currently entered in the Healthline Best Health Blog of 2015 Contest.  You can vote everyday (once every 24 hours) between now and January 21st.  I’d love your support.  The first place prize is $1,000 and obviously, the distinction of winning the contest.  (If I won, I would use the prize money to help pay for physical therapy.)  To vote, just type in “Fashionably ill” here or (click on the picture above) and it comes up.  Healthline then asks you to register by using your Twitter or Facebook account.  Thank you for voting and sharing!

 

Thanks for making 2015 a great year!  Here’s to 2016.

–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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