Top 10 Fashionably ill Articles of 2015

with my mom and dad
with my mom and dad

I can’t believe 2015 is coming to a close.  It was filled with many ups and downs–the latter being my chronic health problems and the loss of a good friend to muscular dystrophy.  The ups–meeting Congressman/World Champion Boxer Manny Pacquiao on HuffPost Live in January (it was a brush with greatness), going to see New Kids on the Block in concert in May, and giving my TEDx Talk, “How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed” (you can watch it here)–that was my first time giving a whole speech standing up since I got myasthenia gravis in 2008.  I also finally had the Mad Men costume birthday party I always wanted.  This year, I was also a Finalist in WEGO’s Health Activist Awards in two categories: Health Activist Hero and Hilarious Health Activist.  I hope to see you at my Annual Online New Year’s Eve Party:  Instead of two days, this year’s SyFy Twilight Zone marathon is a whopping four days long!  The party begins tomorrow night, December 30th and ends January 3rd–join us here at any point.   As one guest who has attended the previous four parties said, “Join us.  It’s free and fun!”  I started the party years ago so no one would have to be alone on New Year’s Eve.  I have missed many holiday parties due to bipolar disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or myasthenia gravis or some combination of those.

Without much further ado, here are the top 10 Fashionably ill blog posts of 2015 (with #1 being the most popular):

#10  Chronic Illness, Loss, & Forming New Holiday Traditions

#9  What Chronic Fatigue Feels Like

#8  5 Obstacles People With Rare Diseases Face; Readers Share Their Stories

Empire does Myasthenia Gravis
Empire does Myasthenia Gravis

#7  Chronic Illness & Dating Part 3: Women with Lupus, RA, Endometriosis, & Myasthenia Gravis Share Their Stories

#6  5 Realities of Living With Multiple Diseases Simultaneously

#5  Summer is Coming! #HAWMC

#4  5 Different Reactions to Empire’s Portrayal of Myasthenia Gravis

#3 Chronic Illness Is Like Getting Your Heart Broken Again And Again

#2  5 Ways to Reconnect With a Sick Friend (this is the sequel to 5 Reasons People Abandon A Sick Friend)


#1  6 Ideas: How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed

Honorable Mentions:

Important Favor to Ask!

Fashionably ill is currently entered in the Healthline Best Health Blog of 2015 Contest.  You can vote everyday (once every 24 hours) between now and January 21st.  I’d love your support.  The first place prize is $1,000 and obviously, the distinction of winning the contest.  (If I won, I would use the prize money to help pay for physical therapy.)  To vote, just type in “Fashionably ill” here or (click on the picture above) and it comes up.  Healthline then asks you to register by using your Twitter or Facebook account.  Thank you for voting and sharing!


Thanks for making 2015 a great year!  Here’s to 2016.

–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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