The Spoonie Sessions

For Women Living with Chronic Illness.

A FREE Series of Panel Chats, Fun, Support, & Wisdom!


Recorded LIVE in 

SEPT 2021

The Spoonie Sessions

For women living with chronic illness


Your dreams, career, and love life shouldn’t feel impossible because you are living with chronic illness




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For Women Living with Chronic Illness.

“I love these sessions. It's just so reassuring to hear other women talk about the things I am going through.” ~ Spoonie Participant  


Your Spoonie Stars 


Jessica Oddi

Jessica Oddi is a disabled, freelance graphic designer with ten years of espresso-fuelled experience.She specialises in accessible design, disability representation, and inclusion. Based in Canada, Jess loves working on projects that empower marginalized communities. In her spare time, she leads multiple disability-focused campaigns. You can find all her work here.



Flic Manning

Flic Manning is a speaker, author and wellness expert. He debut memoir Living Human chronicles her dancing and choreography career whilst living with invisible illness. Plus her determination to live well despite doctors telling her it was impossible. 

Flic created Corethentic; a wellness system that aims to assist those struggling with chronic conditions.

She is also an ambassador for Crohn's and Colitis Australia, Mental Health Foundation Australia and FitRec.


Vedanshi Bhalodia

Vedanshi is the Spoonie Magazine Coordinator at Chronic Hope. She’s a fabulous Spoonie Ally who believes in having a community where voices are not just heard but also valued and celebrated.

Vedanshi understands how easy it can be to lose hope and suffer mentally and emotionally when we experience chronic illness. She is currently pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and Creative Writing. Plus she is actively contributing to breaking the cycle of the stigma that revolves around mental illness.


Lauren Freedman

Lauren Freedman is an entrepreneur, voice actor, writer and activist who lives in Los Angeles.

Originally from NYC, she has lived with depression and anxiety since she was a teen, and was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and sleep disorders in 2017. This sparked her interest in the invisible illness community and her fellow “Spoonies”, with whom she wishes to commune and share information, inspiration, and comfort while advocating for greater awareness among friends, family, coworkers, and society at large.

Lauren hosts the powerful podcast Uninvisible Pod.

Amanda Do

Amanda Do is a seasoned global storytelling expert who has helped to launch purpose-led consumer start-ups and founders across North America and Asia Pacific. She is a proud Spoonie ally representing some amazing chronic illness advocates in the community and aims to normalise conversations—with media, friends, and her network—on the realities faced by those living with invisible illness, mental health, neurodivergency, and disability.

Amanda founded THE DO POV on the inspiration to create a more inclusive and sustainable future.


Tanya Doumouras

Tanya is a fantastic spoonie entrepreneur who was diagnosed in 2017 with  Central Sensitisation Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue.

She founded Kokki Eco, a social enterprise that brings beautiful handicrafts to the world. Kokki supports makers from developing countries with the philosophy ‘Artisans before Profits’. She built a successful and growing business while living with an invisible illness and continuing her journey towards wellness.


It's time to be Seen & Heard

LIVE Masterclasses with our fabulous Spoonie Stars - for intelligent, talented, creative women living with chronic illness.

Hosted by Michelle Irving

There are beliefs, stories and judgements that we inherit about illness. They impact us emotionally and shape other people's reactions to us. Combined with the sheer physicality of managing chronic illness, we often lose our self-confidence and sense of purpose in this world. 

Yet the raw truth is that we are already Magnificent.

Join us LIVE and be in the room with our panel guests when we explore how all of our grit, vulnerability and sheer tenacity are powerful tools for life.

Combined with some badass boundaries, some joy and authentic connection - we have everything we need to experience our full Freedom even while living with chronic illness.  

We talk about All the Things!

Here we start to dive into what exactly Freedom with Chronic Illness is, what this could be for you, and what can actually be possible for you. Here we learn about our inner programming around what illness is, and the stories we've been told - are not true. We get to identify how our beliefs have shaped us, based on what was witnessed, observed, processed, and taught about our world.  We’ll look at the big picture of your talents, creativity, experience and expand on what you deemed possible for your life while living with chronic illness.

Reclaiming your Voice

+ Believing in your Ability

We will talk about the nitty gritty of reclaiming your voice and becoming a powerful advocate, even on the days which feel most difficult. This is where we get to share all of our intelligence, experience and  talents in ways that work for us and our bodies. We can chat about creating our career, advocacy and sharing our hard won wisdom with others without having to push forward

How you regain your emotional confidence

Your emotional wellbeing is the pathway to Freedom while living with chronic illness. We know you are craving an empowered way to live with chronic illness. You want to have meaningful work, great relationships and live out your dreams. You are willing to accept they may not look the way you thought they would but you absolutely are committed to finding the way through.  We'll be talking about how to do this in a way that is super supportive and creates a genuine feeling of freedom.





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Meet Michelle Irving

Your Host

Michelle gets it. While bed-bound twice in the past decade, she has mastered the art of living well while experiencing serious illness.

Michelle is driven by a mission to de-shame and transform conversations around illness.

She keeps it real. In her forthright style, she provides practical relationship and self-care strategies for the whole illness journey from diagnosis to survivorship.

Her work is informed by her own experience living with a life-threatening autoimmune condition and a chronic vertigo condition. Plus her extensive professional development in somatic therapy, cancer survivorship and women's leadership.

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