Hooray! Fashionably ill ® is celebrating seven years. Yesterday, I just emailed readers on my newsletter about the $100 Target giveaway. (If you’re not subscribed yet, what are you waiting for? Subscribe here and get your free Depression Tool Kit.) Also scroll down below to see the Rafflecopter so you can enter the contest, which ends on Tuesday, August 8, at 11:45 pm EST.
I started Fashionably ill ® in 2012 when I was working at a mental health nonprofit. I wanted a website of my own where I could speak candidly about mental illness—in particular depression and bipolar disorder. But I also wanted to talk about chronic pain. Some of my readers have one illness, but many also have combinations like lupus with bipolar disorder or fibromyalgia and depression. I didn’t see enough people talking about what it’s like to live with both chronic emotional and physical pain. I live with bipolar 2, polycystic ovarian syndrome, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, and asthma. Fashionably ill’s motto is “surviving pain with style and humor.” Also as I said in my first ever blog post, I gained a lot of weight when I got sick (ten dress sizes in two years) and I wanted to help other people going through drastic changes feel confident. I sometimes give makeovers to people in the hospital–including readers of this blog. I am currently filming a pilot for a TV show that follows my makeover of Megan, a woman who beat stage 4 cancer (find more info here).
Speaking at universities and conferences has allowed me to meet some Fashionably ill ® readers—my favorite part of being an advocate! This summer, I have been to Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Diego, and Washington D.C. My TEDx Talk,“How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed,” just surpassed 800,000 views (link here). The best way to keep up with my speaking schedule and see if I’m going to be in your neck of the woods, is to subscribe to my newsletter here.
THANK YOU for being on this journey with me! Your words of encouragement have helped me through some dark times; I hope I have blessed you as much as you have blessed me.
Enter the $100 Target Giveaway!
The giveaway runs from Wednesday, August 2nd at 01:00 AM EST through Tuesday, August 8th at 11:45 PM EST.
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!