Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Windows & BlogHer: Make A Chronic Migraine Patient Over!

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I'm nominating myself for a Microsoft Blogher'12 Style Makeover. I deserve to receive a celebrity style makeover at BlogHer '12 because living with chronic invisible illnesses like migraine disease has stolen my style and part of my identity. I love fashion and beauty, but now that I am living a different life due to chronic migraine disease, I no longer know how to incorporate these much-loved interests into each ordinary day.

When I worked as an attorney in state government, I had a blast putting together a versatile wardrobe of suits, skirts, jackets, sweaters, etc. that I could mix and match into a million different outfits. I rarely had a problem throwing together an outfit each morning that helped me start the workday feeling sexy, confident and powerful.

Then I had to stop working. For the last four and a half years I've been doing the blogging / patient advocacy thing from home part time while I'm on disability for chronic migraine. In the blink of an eye my identity and my fashion personality were gone, and I while I've been able to rebuild a lot of my confidence and identity since then, I still don't know what style fits this new life.

I spend most days wearing comfy black stretch pants and tank tops or t-shirts. The longer it goes on, the further I feel from the woman who suited up every morning to go kick some butt at work. It's great to be able to do some work from home since my health has made it impossible to have the career I once did, but it makes it too easy to be completely lazy about what I wear and doing my makeup and hair.

It would be awesome to have some help putting together an interesting, funky, casual style that commands more positive attention than my current stretch pants / ponytail uniform. I'd also love to learn some tips and tricks I can share with other chronic illness patients right here on Somebody Heal Me to help them break out of the same rut.

Please check out my Pinterest board to see examples of outfits and styles I like and would hope to incorporate into my new casual look: Windows / BlogHer Style Makeover.

In writing this post, I'm entering the Microsoft Windows StyleMakeover sweepstakes for a chance to win a head to toe makeover!

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.