Your Input!: Interviews & Fashionably ill Newsletter Coming Soon

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I’ve been so encouraged by people’s comments on this blog and messages on Facebook.  (I appreciate your patience as I try to respond to every comment.  Honestly, there are days when I’d forget where my nose is if it wasn’t on my face.)  You, my readers, have inspired me with your stories of battling a wide variety of illnesses: both invisible and visible illnesses; rare and common illnesses.  In fact, next month I’m going to start interviewing readers who have asked to share their stories on this blog.
I took a poll on Fashionably ill’s Facebook Page and I got an overwhelming response from people who want to do this.  Please leave a comment below this post if you are interested in sharing your story in a print interview.  (I will use first names or change people’s names whenever that is a concern.)

Why Do Interviews?

A lot of people (both women and men) have asked to have their story featured so they can share it with loved ones who don’t understand what it’s like to live with chronic illness.  Aside from cultivating empathy, my goal is to discover different people’s coping mechanisms.  What can we learn from each other?  What helps different people survive trials?  What is resilience?

What Do You Want?  Newsletter

blue-website-buttons-1-1369148-mAnother project I’m looking to start in the future is a Fashionably ill e-newsletter that would go out once or twice a month.  I want your input.  What would you like to see in a newsletter?  Stories?  What subjects would you like me to write about?  Are there specific illnesses you’d like to read about?  How often would you like to get a newsletter in your inbox?  Feel free to leave a comment if you are interested in getting the newsletter.

Guest Posts

Another way to build community is guest posts.  A few readers who blogs have approached me about doing guest posts.  I think this is a great idea.  As you can see on my “Blogs I Read” section, I’m all about sharing information.  I can put up to one guest post (article a month; 500 word limit) a week.  If you are interested in writing a guest post or having your blog listed in Blogs I Read, leave a comment below.

–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!

4 thoughts on “Your Input!: Interviews & Fashionably ill Newsletter Coming Soon

  • March 7, 2014 at 10:49 am
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    Jessica read your blog and am happy you are going to do all of this for us-there is an illness that I would like to see you talk about. Interstial cystitis. it is a overlapping condition from fibromyalgia and is inflammation of the bladder-does this sound interesting to you? I have had this four about 4 years .

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  • March 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm
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    Hi Margie, Yes! I would love to interview you. It’s important to create awareness for all of the above conditions. Thanks for using your undoubtedly painful experiences to help others. I will update you with more info. This month has been the busiest month of my life…I can’t wait until Mid-April (after taxes, of course). I think I’ll sleep for 10 days and then get on with these interviews. Have a great week.

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  • March 11, 2014 at 11:26 am
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    thank you so much Jessica.

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