Taking Time Off To Grieve

a painting I made about light breaking through the darkness

“Trauma changes you at a cellular level.”  I’ve heard that expression many times at mental health conferences and brain science symposiums, but it wasn’t until the past few weeks that I fully understood the meaning.  Intellectually I understood what it meant, but now I know what it feels like.  I am going to take a few weeks off from advocacy work, blogging, and posting on social media to grieve a recent loss that I haven’t talked about yet.  I’m attending support groups and doing other things to take care of myself.  Maybe I’ll do some painting for the first time in almost two years?  I’m reading funny books and watching funny things–if you have any suggestions for funny books or funny shows on Netflix, I’ll take them!  Thank you for your patience during this stressful time.  Take care of yourself.

–Jessica Gimeno


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!

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