Hi, I just wanted to reach out to Fashionably ill ® readers. Last Thursday, my paternal grandmother passed away. It’s hard for me to write right now on top of everything else. I am focusing on self-care at this time–talking to my therapist, exercising, and watching comedies. As you know, exercise and the act of laughing release endorphins, the feel good hormones, which combat stress. This is good for people with depression or bipolar disorder (like myself). God-willing, I’ll be back soon. Thank you for your patience.
–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno
I need your vote! Please endorse me in the Fifth Annual WEGO Health Activist Awards. I have been nominated in three categories: Health Activist Hero, Best in Show Blog, and Best in Show Facebook. Fashionably ill ® and I were Finalists for Hero and Best in Show Blog during the previous two competitions. To endorse me, just go HERE and click on the purple button beneath my picture (goofy picture of me using medicine bottles as curlers) and type in your email address. Do it three times–once per category. Voting ends October 21st. The three nominees who have the most endorsements in each category automatically become finalists. Thank you!
Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, 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!