Jessica

photo-33_2Jessica Lynn lives successfully with Bipolar II, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and Myasthenia Gravis (a neuromuscular autoimmune disease similar to Multiple Sclerosis).  She lives a Clark Kent-Superman existence.  By day, she helps people with mental illnesses.  By night, she helps women with “physical illnesses” like cancer and autoimmune diseases.   She used to be the author and host of Flipswitch, a podcast and blog that helped teens and 20-somethings understand depression and bipolar disorder.   Jessica won Second Prize in the National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare’s 2012 Awards of Excellence; she was also a speaker at their 2013 convention.  Flipswitch was nominated for a WEGO: Best in Show Blog Award.  She was also nominated for a Voice Award and a Champions of Change Award, an honor given by the White House (results of competitions pending).  Jessica is currently part of The National Dialogue, President Obama’s new campaign on mental illness.

She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with two majors.  While in college, she won twenty titles for Northwestern’s renowned Speech Team and co-founded a depression support network.  She spoke to hundreds of students about stigma and helped thirty students get psychiatric help for themselves or friends.

During her free time, Jessica runs a blog called Fashionably Ill: The Cancer & Autoimmune Girl’s Stylist.  She enjoys giving fashion and makeup advice to sick women as well as giving makeovers to patients.  Jessica loves Pilates, painting, playing with her nieces and nephews, and reading anything by David Sedaris.  Feel free to follow Jessica: Her Twitter handle is @Jessica_LGimeno. 

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