Unless you’re following me on Instagram, you haven’t seen a major update on what’s happening in my real, real life. So I figured it was time for an update on who is Ilana Jacqueline and why are you still following this blog since 2012?
I guess it’s also a good time to introduce myself to the folks who are new to Let’s Feel Better after discovering my social networks, Youtube Channel or my book!
I’ve been sharing my patient journey, advice and a hella ton of embarrassing stories since I was first diagnosed with Dysautonomia many years ago. I also have Primary Immune Deficiency Disease and gastroparesis. I’m your general, medical mess of a 28-year-old. But besides being a patient, I’m a real-live person living in Boca Raton, FL with her husband, poodle, two electric heating pads, and six fake teeth.
But if you met me on the street— you would probably have no idea I have a chronic disease—because it’s an invisible one.
So with that being said, let’s get to the updates on what’s happening in my life right now.
My Book Is In YOUR BOOKSTORE on March 1st
Give or take NINE MILLION YEARS since it was originally announced on this blog, my book finally comes to bookstores near you on March 1st. I am in the crying, laughing, daydream, nightmare phase of the publishing process where you wonder what will happen on the day the book comes out:
An email from my publicist saying the only person who ordered a copy was my mother and now they’re pulling it from stores?
Still Sick as F*CK
Hope you weren’t misinformed that I may have cured my disease through kale or Flat Tummy Tea—because I’m still surviving and thriving WITH a chronic illness. Nothing terribly exciting to report, which is why I generally haven’t. Just your average, frustrating, ongoing daily life with a chronic disease.
The Good News: I have not fainted in a grocery store in almost six months.
I’m Working on ChronicallyEmployed.com
I started this site about 8 months ago to talk about some of the major employment and economic issues in the chronic illness community. We’ve featured some great pieces on patients who are finding unique ways to make a living despite their diseases.
But I need your help.
ChronicallyEmployed.com is looking to showcase profiles on talented individuals whose disease doesn’t stop them from getting the job done.
Looking for freelancers who do things like copywriting, graphic design, consulting work, web design, social media management, IT, and other at-home jobs.
We’re looking for people to answer the following questions…
1) Who are you as a patient? (What disease do you have, how has it impacted your life, and how does it challenge/inspire and strengthen you?)
2) Who are you a professional? (What is your past job experience? What are some projects you’re most proud of?)
3) What advice do you have for other patients looking to maintain their careers?
*Specifically looking for those who have portfolio or professional websites we can link out to.
Submit your story to Ilana@ChronicallyEmployed.com
I’m About to Be ALL Up In Your Feeds
True story. I’ve been a guest on a few podcasts and have a few articles coming out—can’t wait to share those with you. You can join me this Thursday night for WEGO Health’s webinar. I’m hosting a program called “Chronically Capable: Managing Chronic Illness Chaos At Work”
WHERE: ONLINE— Right here, bro.
WHEN: Thursday at 7 PM – 8 PM EST.
WHY SHOULD I CARE? Depends. Are you sick? Do you want to keep/get/create a job/career that can actually function through impossible symptoms, hospitalizations and chronic fatigue? Join me so you can get some great tips on how to deal with exactly that.