If you have heard the term 'spoonie', then chances are you are one yourself. A spoonie, is anyone who suffers from a chronic illness and has to juggle daily life, making compromises and choices just to get through the day. The simple task of getting up and ready in the morning can be a major feat for someone with a chronic medical condition, which in many cases is invisible to others.
The hashtag #spoonie is now used on social media to connect people with chronic health conditions. Conditions can range from Lupus disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme disease, Arthritis or Fibromyalgia, or even chronic pain, to name a few. The term 'spoonie' originated from a post by Christine Miserandino, entitled 'The Spoon Theory' In this post, Christine hypothetically measures her ability to carry out daily tasks with spoons. She starts the day with an abundance of spoons, which are slowly discarded every time she has to make a decision that will impact her ability to get through the rest of the day. If you are friends with a sufferer, Christine's article is well worth a read to help understand the enormous impact of a chronic health condition on someone's daily life.
And to all you 'Spoonies' out there, just remember that you are not alone.
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