What Is a Spoonie?


If you follow my instagram (@livinglifefree__ cheeky plug) then you know I talk about being a spoonie. But for those outside of the chronic illess community, you might be wondering what it actually means.

It all comes from ‘Spoon Theory.’

Spoon Theory is a metaphor to help people with chronic illnesses describe their struggles.

‘Spoonie’ was taken from student Christine Miserandino’s blog post ‘The Spoon Theory.’ Back in 2010, Christine friend asked her what it was like for her to live with Lupus and she had to think of a creative way for a healthy person to understand her illness in a way that was easy to imagine. Hence the spoon theory was born.

So what is it?

Imagine that a person with a chronic illness has 10 spoons for the day. Each activity they do takes a certain number of spoons.

For example, getting up in the morning on a good day may take one spoonl because even on a good day it can be hard, or driving to work may take a spoon from your day.

To put it simply: spoons are physical representations of energy.

While healthy people may have unlimited spoons, spoonies only have a set amount to work with per day.

You can borrow a spoon from the next day if there is more you have to do, but that means that tomorrow you have less spoons to work with.

Things like cooking, being social, exercise and work all take up spoons but less obvious things that healthy people take for granted also take away our spoons. Getting dressed, listening to music, reading etc, all these things can take away from the daily spoon limit meaning spoonies have to be aware of their energy budget.

So when I talk about being an spoonie, I mean that I am a member of the chronic illness community and can often use the spoon theory to describe my life with chronic fatigue syndrome.

If you want to keep up with my fun and funky spoonie life, make sure to follow me on instagram or subscribe!


Keep safe and well during this mad time!

Charlotte x

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