Brief Updates on My Life

Hello everyone, I’ve been trying to keep up with this blog, my YouTube channel, and other social media. Thankfully, contributing bloggers have made it easier to maintain this website. Here are some brief updates:

Picture of a young woman with dark hair and a white P100 mask smiling at the camera. She carries a cane. The background is a lake and sand on a sunny summer day.
How are you doing? Here are some updates on my life.
  • I’m now on Mastodon! Have you been following the situation on Twitter with Elon Musk’s takeover? With all of the uncertainty, tens of thousands of Twitter users have created Mastodon accounts just in case Twitter goes under. This is my Mastodon account. Of course, I’m also on YouTube and Instagram. And I plan on staying on Twitter until the bitter end…if it ends. Hopefully, it does not. I will miss Disability Twitter #CripTheVote #SpoonieChat, COVID Twitter, and Long COVID Twitter, among other communities.
  • I graduated from Northwestern University; I finished my MPPA, or Master’s in Public Policy & Administration, in September.
  • I won a scholarship and recently started a program at University of California–Berkeley in Counseling and Psychology.
  • Last month, I spoke at Northwestern University’s 2022 Homecoming at the SPS Symposium about disability, ableism, and the pandemic.
  • I lost a few people I care about this year. In fact, it’s actually been a lot of losses. I have lost 13 people since 2017. Of course, taking the time to grieve makes it hard to update social media although I have managed the past few months.

Related, check out this video I made in 2020 called, Tips for School if you have Depression or Bipolar Disorder. I can’t believe I finished my MPPA because it feels like I just started. Somehow, time has gone by too slowly and too fast during this pandemic! How is that even possible?


Hi there! I am a patient advocate, writer, and public speaker most well known for my TEDx Talk, “How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed.” As someone who is juggling 5 illnesses: bipolar 2, myasthenia gravis, endometriosis, psoriasis, and asthma, I’m passionate about helping people who navigate life with both chronic physical & emotional pain. If you’re interested in hiring me to speak at your event, check out the CONTACT tab.

One thought on “Brief Updates on My Life

  • December 6, 2022 at 10:15 am

    So proud of you, my dear Jessica!
    You’ve accomplished a lot already yet you’re still on fire academically.
    Glad to see you traveling with your mom. Truly a good time to celebrate and unwind!

    Tita Mina


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