Spoon Theory – An Analogy That’s a Godsend to Sufferers of an Invisible Illness

Spoon Theory – For Spoonies Everywhere

How do you get anyone who doesn’t suffer from some kind of invisible illness to understand what you go through each day? In the past, I’ve found myself at a loss for words when people ask me how I am. I get so uncomfortable even thinking of an explanation that doesn’t sound like I’m whingeing, that I resort to “Not so bad thanks”

From Wikipedia – ‘Spoons are a visual representation used as a unit of measure in order to quantify how much energy a person has throughout a given day. Spoon Theory denotes that each activity requires a given number of spoons, which will only be replaced as the person “recharges” through rest. A person who runs out of spoons has no choice but to rest until their spoons are replenished’

A lie! A total Lie! But, for me, far easier than risking an eye roll response.

If someone genuinely wants to know what my life is like on a day to day basis, I try and explain the Spoon Theory to them. First formed by Christine Miserandino, a lupus sufferer, and explained beautifully by the guys at Burning Nights. Check it out below.  The spoon theory has helped me to understand things better for myself, let alone explaining to other people.  After all, I am a spoonie too 🙂

Using Spoon Theory to Explain Chronic Illness
One of the most frustrating things about living with a chronic illness is the struggle to get able-bodied people to understand… Published by the Burning Nights Organisation


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