Transforming our conversations about illness
It's time to talk about what it is really like to live with chronic illness and how to create a life that works for you and your body.
In this intimate series of interviews, 10 Magnificent Women including Samantha Wills, Jacinta Parsons and Sarah Ramey share their Raw and Real Wisdom.
All of our guests have faced the deep emotional terrain that chronic illness inevitably brings. They have each found ways to carve out a life filled with love, meaningful work and deep personal power, and have a passion for sharing this knowledge.
Let's talk about it:
Career & Flexible Work
Managing Other People's Expectations
Talking about the Hard Things
Cultivating Loving Relationships
(including with yourself)
Emotional Well-being & Badass Boundaries
Navigating the Health System
Empowered relationships with Clinicians
Style & Beauty
Our Pyjama Interviews guest ABC Radio Broadcaster Jacinta Parsons has been living with Crohns disease for over 20 years.
Her first book Unseen is powerful and poignant memoir of her own experience of living with invisible illness.
Jacinta is an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
Sarah Ramey is a writer and musician (known as Wolf Larsen) living between Washington, DC and Tucson, Arizona.
Sarah has been living multiple serious illnesses for seventeen years including Chronic Fatigue, CRPS, MCAS, POTS.
Her first book The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness has been featured in The Paris Review, Ms. Magazine, Salon, The Atlantic & The Washington Post.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
Samantha Wills started her self-titled jewellery company on the kitchen table when she was just 21 years old. She went on to become a global sensation.
In our Pyjama Interview we discuss her new memoir Of Gold and Dust Samantha shares the intimate details of her life, business and her experience of living with endometriosis.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
San Fransisco based Lauren Selfridge works online as a licensed Marriage and Family Psychotherapist supporting people living with chronic illness and their partners.
Lauren has lived with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis for five years. She regularly shares her lived experience and expertise as the host of the popular podcast for spoonies This is not what I ordered focussed on full-hearted living with chronic illness and health challenges.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
Sally Mackinnon is one of Melbourne’s most experienced Personal Stylists for men and women, launching her business Styled by Sally in 2007.
Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2015, something she kept private while she continued to work in her business. She now speaks publicly about her experience.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
Flic Manning is a speaker, author and wellness expert. She successfully maintained her dancing and choreography career whilst living with invisible illness, determined 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.
Her debut memoir Living Human is due out in 2021.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
Izzy is a 23-year old New Yorker and an aspiring genetic counselor who lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, along with other conditions it causes (POTS, Gastroparesis, Muscle Tension Dysphonia, and TMJD).
Izzy's YouTube channel has 20,000 subscribers. She regularly educates her followers and shares tips about navigating relationships, schooling, and healthcare, all while chronically ill.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
Kath Elliott is a passionate breast cancer awareness advocate. She discovered a large lump in her breast in 2019 which was the impetus for her starting on a sacred journey of self-discovery and healing; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Kath is now cancer free and has recently started her own business My Breast Friend, a direct result from her experience with breast cancer.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
In this interview, the tables are turned on Host Michelle Irving.
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.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
“It's amazing to hear the reframing of the illness experience and hearing how other women who have chronic illness are navigating their lives with courage, strength and confidence.”
I’ve had CFS/ME for almost 25 years and it’s been a very long journey. At times I’ve just wanted to give up. With so little recognition of this condition in the wider community it has been such a challenge (and still can be) to be heard, be visible and to take my place as a woman of worth. Thank you so much Michelle for your generosity and what you are offering us. I feel I can live with “even more possibility” knowing that I’m not so alone with this.
~Lisa, Melbourne, Victoria
“I said to my partner: 'I think I’ve found my people’ and then had a little happy cry”
As everyone here I’m sure knows, it takes so much courage to navigate the chronic illness world, and knowing that there’s others out there who ‘get it’, have walked the path before and with me, has been very comforting. Thank you again Michelle
~Melissa, Melbourne, Victoria
“I'm so thankful to you for creating this interview series. I have never come across anything like this before”
Just hearing someone with a lived experience of chronic illness validate how challenging it is at times with little ones brought me to good tears. It is so much more powerful coming from someone who I know actually understands the truth of that statement.
~Lucy, New York
“Hearing women say out loud what I haven't been able to put into word has been overwhelming, in a positive way.”
To say thank you isn't really enough, but it's a start -
The Pyjama Interviews
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