okay so i feel totally silly, but obviously while following many diabetes accounts and occasionally branching out to other chronic illnesses, i came across the term “spoonie”
if I’m being totally honest, i thought it was a slang term for someone with some specific chronic illness, far be it from me to know which.
as i came across it more and more, that assumption was tested. people who had never mentioned more than one chronic illness of theirs used this term to refer to themselves and these people often had different chronic illnesses. eventually i read a post where the person basically explained that it meant anyone with a chronic illness, and it made so much more sense!!
i did a little research and came across a Huffpost (cringy i know but for basic information it sufficed) article by Sophie Cowley, who stated that the word “originated from a post written by Christine Miserandino entitled The Spoon Theory. Miserandino hypothetically measures her ability to carry out daily tasks by counting spoons, to show that while sometimes she has an abundance of spoons, other times she comes up short.”
I read Miserandino’s post and I totally think you guys should too! I hope some of you learned something new!
While I think you should actually read the article, I wanted to share this part that really stuck out to me:
“...the difference in being sick and being healthy is having to make choices or to consciously think about things when the rest of the world doesn’t have to. The healthy have the luxury of a life without choices, a gift most people take for granted.”