Little Boy’s Costume Inspiration for Chronically ill; Prayers for Those Affected by Sandy

This has been a very hard week on everyone especially those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Under the circumstances, I didn’t want to blog about the best mascaras or lipsticks–it all seems rather inappropriate for now.  As I wait to hear from some of my loved ones on the East Coast, I want to send my prayers and thoughts to Sandy’s survivors, victims, and their loved ones.  I also want to shed light on an article in the Huffington Post featuring a little boy who’s Halloween costume made me smile. For all the chronically ill people reading this and all those with disabilities–invisible or otherwise–I hope his picture makes you smile too! 

One Thing That Made Me Smile

This little boy Carter, is in a wheelchair because he has spina bifida. As the article says, this disease is a birth defect where the spinal canal and backbone do not close before the child is born.  Many children with disabilities have a hard time finding a Halloween costume. I’m still waiting on my Superhero who uses a wheelchair! Anyway, as you seen see in the video and picture, Carter’s dad got very creative, and built an ice-cream truck around his wheelchair. Isn’t he adorable?

Carter’s Halloween Costume

Tomorrow at work when I reach that point, inevitably, when I’m exhausted and thinking, Jesus make this work, I’ll remember Carter. And smile. Surely, if he can live with his illness at such a young age, I can live with all my illnesses too!

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno


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.

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