What is a “Spoonie”? 1

My Mom and I showing our support for Lupus Awareness and showing our extra “Spoons”

I  thought it would be a good idea to explain a term I used in the webinar, “Spoonie”.  This is a term that was coined by Christine Miserandino after she wrote the critically acclaimed essay, “The Spoon Theory” (which can be found in full at The Spoon Theory). 
In this essay, she describes what it feels like to live with a chronic illness (Lupus), to her best friend, by using spoons as units of energy that it takes to perform tasks throughout the day.  The essay became extremely popular in the chronic illness and pain community because it is so incredibly relatable for us!
Each day, we wake up and know right then, how many “spoons” (or units of energy), we have to work with during the day, and how much each task we have to perform will cost us in those precious spoons.  We even know that if we do TOO much one day, we may be borrowing spoons from the next day…so sometimes we rest up before a big event to save them or need to rest for a day or two after a big event to recover those spoons. 
I am sure I will be referring to spoons during different webinars or blogs, and I wanted to make sure everyone knew to what I was referring…plus, I think it is important that everyone know what it feels like to have to conserve energy or figure out when and how to spend it wisely…it was definitely one of the most important lessons I have learned along my journey. 
I know now that when I am out of spoons (like yesterday afternoon), I need to just give in to my body’s needs and rest or meditate so I will feel more balanced and awake/stronger the next day…able to function.  I conserved my spoons and today I am able to write this blog and go out to run errands. 
You can’t pour from an empty cup…and your spoon has nothing to stir!  


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  • Janice

    Great post! First time I have heard about this but can completely relate to it. I have several issues that can cause days of not being able to function. There have been times when it was all I could do to get dressed and fix a bite to eat.