Ep13 Unwell Women with Elinor Cleghorn

Season #2

Why do women remain undiagnosed and treated like it's all in our heads? In this episode the amazing Elinor Cleghorn (author of Unwell Women) shares with us both her personal experience of living with lupus, and also her professional analysis of the long history of medical misogyny.  You'll learn about:

  1. Why women's pain and other symptoms are dismissed for years before, if any, diagnosis.
  2. How to re-establish boundaries and reassert your autonomy while navigating chronic illness.
  3. Why now is an open moment for our individual and collective empowerment while living with chronic illness.

About Elinor Cleghorn

In her new book Unwell Women, Elinor explores the misunderstanding, mystification and misdiagnosis of women's bodies all throughout history. 

She was shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize (2017), and she has since written creatively about her experience of chronic illness for publications including Ache (UK) and Westerly (AUS).

Elinor is also an ambassador for the wren projecta platform where individuals diagnosed with autoimmune disease, can talk about the emotional and social impact of their diagnosis. 


About Michelle Irving 

A pioneer in the Chronic Illness space, Michelle Irving is the Queen of the Underworld. She mentors women around the world, teaching them how to create a life filled with love, meaningful work and deep personal power. She believes we can all have a positive relationship with ourselves even in the midst of experiencing illness. You can chat Michelle by booking at

Connect with Elinor

Instagram: @elinorcleghorn

Book: Unwell women

Connect with Michelle

Instagram: @michelleirvingofficial


Book your Chat with Michelle

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Music by Avy Summerlind