That’s What Friends Are For

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by Danielle Maret

The past few days have been stressful for me; I’ve been fighting a psoriasis flare up and depression.  As Fashionably ill readers know, I have bipolar 2.  The depression has felt left me seeing and feeling grey even when some great things have happened like celebrating my Uncle Jun’s 71st birthday yesterday.  I am seeing my therapist tomorrow.  But two great things happened today.  First, I was a guest on HuffPost Live and I got to talk to music icon, Dionne Warwick! Second,  I got a card in the mail from my friend Amy.

Talking to Dionne Warwick

I was in great company; the other two guests who answered questions included an Editorial Assistant from Madam Noire (a website I follow) and a writer from Forward Times Newspaper.  The always fabulous Nancy Redd was the host who interviewed Dionne.  I asked Dionne two questions.  The second one was:  That’s What Friends Are For is one of my favorite songs from my childhood.  With the 25th anniversary coming up, would you consider re-recording it with Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder?  Then, she gave a very thorough response.  First, she said she wouldn’t re-release it because it is still very popular and continues to raise money for AIDS charities and AMFAR.  Afterwards, she said she would think about re-recording it!  (Awesome!)  Dionne said she will ask “them,” them meaning Elton, Gladys, and Stevie.

Dionne’s newest album, “Feels So Good,” comes out next week.  Dionne has duets with a wide range of artists including Cyndi Lauper, Jamie Foxx, and Billy Ray Cyrus.

A Pleasant Surprise

I did accomplish some things today albeit at a slower pace than I would like.  I’ve been successful in my job-job (being a high school debate coach).  Juggling a job with five diseases (bipolar, polycystic ovarian syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, asthma, psoriasis) , even when it’s part-time, is hard work.  With work, it’s hard to fulfill my other roles as a health activist including blogging.  This evening, I was struggling to get up.  I fought by praying putting on my Rocky boxing gloves, playing Eye of the Tiger, and listening to His Eye Is On The Sparrow.  Then, a card arrived in the mail from my friend Amy.  We became friends when we were in high school.  She now lives in another state and is a wife and mother to four children.  With our busy lives, we don’t get to talk as often as we’d like.   This is an excerpt from Amy’s uplifting card:

Remembering you in my prayers today…May I be able to comfort you with the comfort I have received from the Lord.  I was reflecting that God uses my mistakes, failures, and migraines to remind me of how much I am dependent upon Him for strength and howI need to credit Him for victory.  I also was praising God for being the “God of all comfort”…Remember you are remembered and loved.

I was reminded that I am not alone.  Little acts of kindness can make a world of difference to someone who is struggling.  Indeed, as Dionne, Elton, Gladys, and Stevie would say, that’s what friends are for:

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno

Don’t Fight Alone!


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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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