What’s a Spoonie?

A spoonie is someone living with a chronic illness.

I have 4 chronic illnesses.  All have taken their toll on me mentally, physically and emotionally.  It can be frustrating when you have plans that you hate to break because of your debilitating health, but it’s important to learn your daily limitations.

The Spoon Theory originates from Christine Miserandino, in which she explains what it’s like to live with a chronic illness to a friend, and uses a handful of spoons to demonstrate.

For example, daily activities that healthy people tend to not think about take tolls on people with chronic illness. You start the day with a certain number of spoons, and play your day around not running out.

Running errands might cost spoons, showering might cost spoons, cooking might cost you spoons, etc.