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Chronic Illness And “The Spoon Theory”

Cartoon image of girl carrying a spoon that's as big as she isIf you don’t truly understand how draining it can be to live with chronic illness, including chronic pain, go read The Spoon Theory right now. In five minutes it forever changed my own awareness of my wife’s arthritis and bone pain.

On Twitter I saw “spoonies” raving about this months ago, but I finally took time to read it: 2,100 words and worth every second. Also, on Twitter follow @bydls – “But you don’t look sick!” – and explore their smart website, where they’re wisely selling posters of the story for doctors’ waiting rooms, and everything else imaginable in modern outreach through social media.

These are smart people, and this is a powerful piece of writing.

*This blog post was originally published at e-Patients.net*


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2 Responses to “Chronic Illness And “The Spoon Theory””

  1. I just went off and read the ‘spoons theory’ article. It is a truly amazing way of showing a heart-wrenching struggle in a way that is both tangible and personable.
    Thanks.

  2. This is a great description of how it feels to live with chronic illness . I lived in a very limited way due to M.E. (CFIDS) for 14 years. I am now fully recovered (thanks to the process I now train folk in). I am glad to leave the limits caused by my very small drawer of spoons behind.
    Best Wishes
    Jenny
    http://www.generatingchange.org

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