Talking Chronic Illness on Broad Radio. What was so beautiful is that this one was personal for host Nelly - who has a family member living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Me/CFS (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue)
In this quick chat we cover:
- Why chronic illness including invisible illness is an Underworld journey.
- Why family members and some clinicians gaslight those of us living with chronic illness.
- What's an empowering new story we can embrace.
- How to move forward while living with chronic illness.
Managing your Career while living with Chronic Illness
47% of Australians live with a chronic illness, 70% of whom also work
That's 6.6 million women in Australia living and working with chronic illness
So why don't we talk about this more?
Michelle is on a mission to de-shame chronic illness, illuminate the stories of those 6.6 million Australian women, and help us all see their unique strengths and value.
In this episode with the fabulous Vari we talk about:
Society's outdated and untrue story of illness and wellness
Michelle own experience of 2 chronic illnesses and how she now helps women in this space
The 'hero's journey' we see portrayed so often, and the power of illuminating the 'heroine's journey' instead - including some incredible ancient mythology
How the pandemic has changed opinions and ideas on chronic illness
Where women with chronic illness can find connection, community and 'helpful help'
How those people's family, friends, colleagues,...
For the last couple of months, I have driven myself crazy creating relentless promotion and event deadlines (not to mention cash outlays). My daily demands (laments) were that I needed to promote my Finding Freedom with Chronic Illness course for women living from serious illness. I also needed to promote my Relationship Workshop. I needed to get along to some networking events. I needed to get some new branding, and I absolutely had to hire a graphic designer! My business was going to flail and fail without one. Why? Well one of my big assumptions was that I could not promote my course to a breast cancer organisations without an engaging flyer.
Under the weight of these “must do’s” I became anxious, overwhelmed, edgy and to be honest I wasn’t a lot of fun to be around. Does this sound familiar? OK, you may not need a graphic designer, but I am sure you have a list of things you just have to do before you can...
Building Authentic Relationships at Work
Rebranding Safety Host James interviews Michelle about building authentic relationships at work, feminine maturity and being able to stand in your own power. Plus navigating those awkward conversations when you are working from home.
We also cover trust, visibility, masculinity and relationship wellbeing.
Queen of the Underworld. Life, Love and Bedrest
I was delighted to be interviewed by the gorgeous Monica Michelle, host of the utterly brilliant podcast Explicitly Sick. We had a very honest discussion about chronic illness, love, life and expectations from bed rest.
Lessons Learned Through My Conversations with Death
It was great to speak with podcast host Kimberly Hambrick about what it feels like to have a life-threatening illness and what I have learned in dialogue with death.
We talk about the Emotional Map that people experience when confronting life-threatening illness. Plus ‘What to say’ and ‘What not to say’ to a loved one going through this type of experience.
This is for anyone going through such an illness or have a loved one that is.
Ease and Intuition
I am not here to rescue.
This has been one of the greatest lessons for me as part of my personal Feminine Maturity. I loved talking with Annie, host of Rebel Therapist – a podcast for therapist entrepreneurs.
This is a behind the scenes look at how and why I created the Finding Feminine Maturity online course. Plus why mythology is part of my process.
We also talk about why intuitive guidance is the most practical tool you have for connecting with others.
Career change from Government to Survivorship Coach
In this podcast host Shandra Moran of the Transit Lounge talks with guest Michelle about how her rare autoimmune condition influenced her career change. Here is how she moved from 20 year career working across Government, including health policy into her soul’s work.
Michelle is a Survivorship Coach – one of the first in Australia – working with women with significant health conditions to support them in managing their condition beyond hospital care, as well as how to effectively communicate with others in their life.
It’s time to talk about it.
I rolled out of bed one Sunday morning and made it as far as the hallway before my whole world started to swirl and I was falling. Logic tells you that once you reach the floor the falling should stop. Even though I knew I was lying on the floor, my stomach kept lurching. I frantically tried to grasp at something, anything to stop the sensation. It didn’t work.
And so began the last five years of my life living with Migraine Associated Vertigo – basically instead of getting the pounding headache we normally associate with migraines, you get – I get – vertigo. The problem is that lying in the dark, going to sleep and waking up the next morning doesn’t fix this type of migraine. I spent months lying in bed 24/7 feeling like I was falling. Every sound, every movement, every turning on of the light – made it worse.
There was no alternative.
I had to take serious medication and begin the ascent back up to...
Sometimes the biggest issue I think I have is ‘managing’ everyone else’s feelings. Somehow I ended up with this life-long feeling I am not only responsible for how everyone around me feels, but also for ‘fixing’ it and getting them back to feeling happy. And let’s make no mistake about it, society and in turn plenty of people in my life encouraged this belief and pattern.
So how does this change??
Well, what this all comes down to is my relationship to power. My relationship with my own power.
We have been taught that if a woman has power, it comes at the expense of another person’s feelings and/or diminishing another woman’s power. There is no such thing as two women in a room having equal, beautiful power. Of course this is not actually true. But this is what we have been taught.
How did I learn this? Well, I simply watched my mother and my grandmother interact. Or my...