Top 10 Most Popular Fashionably ill ® Articles ; We’re Celebrating 5 Years!

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.  


  1. 5 Reasons People Abandon A Sick Friend (this article has been shared over 50,000 times)
  2. 6 Ideas: How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed
  3. 5 Tips for Being Reliable When You Are Depressed
  4. How To Dress Like Kelly Kapowksi: Makeup, Wardrobe, & Hair
  5. Rebekah’s Story: Young Woman Talks About Living With Myasthenia Gravis
  6. 5 Different Reactions to Empire’s Portrayal of Myasthenia Gravis
  7. Chronic Illness is Like Getting Your Heart Broken Again and Again
  8. Victim Blaming Happens To Sick People Too
  9. 5 Tips for Reconnecting With a Sick Friend (the sequel to the first article)
  10. Disability ≠ Less Attractive Pt. 1
Why I Started Fashionably ill ®
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).
with my mom and dad

One of My First Fashionably ill ® Articles

Style Lessons From Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks (Joan); How To Get The Look

A few years ago, I finally got to live out my Mad Men fantasies when I had the Mad Men birthday party I always wanted!

The Best Part Of My Job: Meeting Readers
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.

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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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