Sunday, 18 May 2014


What is a Spoonie?  Or should I say who is a Spoonie?

The term spoonie was invented by Christine Miserandino from ButYouDon', she is a sufferer of Lupus who invented The Spoon Theory one day when trying to explain to her friend what it is like to suffer from a chronic illness.

The Spoon Theory explains how someone with a chronic illness has a limited amount of energy "spoons", and that once all the "spoons" are gone for each day they are gone.  If you do more activity than you should, you are stealing "spoons" from the next day.  Some days a chronically ill person will have less "spoons" available to them than others due to the fluctuation of the illness, a day like this could be refereed to as a "low spoon day".  If you over do it, you could say "I'm borrowing spoons".

The Spoon Theory has now spread world wide, and is used by people with all types of invisible chronic illness to describe how their condition affects them.

Spoonie has become a name for someone who identify with the Spoon Theory, it is self adopted.

Photography by Sarah H


  1. Such a good idea to explain this... It's so easy to forget not everyone is familiar with it :)

    Faye |

    1. Thanks! I thought it would be quite difficult to explain, but it turned out to be a very short post. Is is such a simple concept, and I love how universal it has become!


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